This is my 150th post here! Wow, time truly flies! May is the 5th month since I started blogging regularly.
What did I expect from this blog? I'm not sure. For the longest time I felt kind of lonely in the web of hard financial decisions. I have plenty of friends and acquaintances, I know about their jobs, careers, their kids. We go to Church together, we shop at the same stores, we live on the same streets. Or not.
What I don't know about them is their financial struggles. According to the American Debt Advisor the total number of people who are in debt (excluding minors) in this country is "somewhere in the neighborhood of 80% if we include secured debts like homes and cars. Excluding those particular purchases puts us closer to 50% of the adult population, and half of that 50% has thousands of dollars owed". Which means that at least half of my friends are in some sort of financial trouble. But nobody talks about it. I myself am a fairly private person. I don't like to talk much about our bank accounts or our day-to-day expenses. Nobody is interested to know how much I spent on socks for my kid a couple of days ago (the most I talk about regularly is grocery shopping) . But we try to stay very frugal with all our spending. Sometimes it's hard to say to a friend that you can't go out because you just don't have money for it. And that's where it gets lonely.
One thing that I didn't expect from this blog is to find so many people who think alike. Who try REALLY hard to put every dollar towards a goal whether it is to pay off debt, or save for a vacation, retirement, college, a house. I never expected to build amazing friendships with people who are in the same boat with me but are not afraid to say it out loud. I never expected to get to know so many talented, generous, beautiful (inside and out), inspiring folks. I never imagined I would have such a strong feeling of belonging and support.
I want to dedicate my 150th post to you, my friends! Because I can never have enough words to thank you for your inspiration...Now I'm getting all mushy here...But seriously, thank you!! You are the best!