It’s hard to believe that I have been writing here for the past year. I thank you for visiting these pages and reading my thoughts on money and saving. I hope you have enjoyed what I have had to offer as much as I have enjoyed sharing it with you.
Over the past year, I have learned quite a bit about you, through your comments and through the articles that you return to long after they have been published. As a group, you are very opinionated when it comes to dining out and the costs associated with going to restaurants. Articles on eating out and on tipping are always sure to generate interesting commentary. Indeed, as a group you can be quite passionate whenever a topic touches on the failures of any kind of service provider.
I’ve also learned that many of you are service providers of sorts. You have taken your talents and skills and created home businesses out of them. I’ve learned this because you have so kindly included your web addresses as links when you have posted comments and I do try to visit all of those links.
Ann, a very regular commentator, appears to be a master wood carver. If you have any doubts about that, make sure you visit her studios’ website and prepare to be blown away by the power of her work. As my wife has told me on occasion, we will know that we are truly successful when we can have a Christmas tree decorated only with Ann’s carvings.
Gail, another reliable contributor, has an excellent website from which she offers sewing patterns and a tremendous amount of sewing-related information. Complete with links, book reviews and a sewing blog, Gail has taken a talent with needle and thread and turned it into an outstanding resource for other people who craft with needle and thread.
Many of you have excellent financial blogs, including RB at Rich by 30 Retire by 40, John at Hard Work = Money, Neil at Debt Advice 4 Free, Steven at Hundred Goals, and so many more.
Indeed, as a community, our collective knowledge of frugality far and away exceeds any insight that I have to offer. Nevertheless, since I have the podium at the moment, I am happy to continue to offer what little I can to help you to look at finances differently.
It is interesting to note that among the many things I have learned this year is the importance of writing down goals and sharing them with an audience, whether the audience numbers only one friend or thousands of readers. I know that I find it much harder to go against my own advice after I have published. Indeed, I indulged in a decaf iced coffee at a Starbucks today and felt that I was committing sacrilege. This year, I also started going to the gym, religiously, after having written on more than one occasion about the saving value of regular exercise.
And so today, my messages are very simple:
- First, I thank you for your interest in what I have presented over the past year, and I hope that I justify your investment of time in reading my future articles over the coming year.
- Second, I ask that you post at least one personal financial goal as a comment to this article and use that as motivation to meet your goal over the coming twelve months.
- Last, when you read any article on this site, take the time to click through the links provided by other readers. You may find knowledge or services that you will rely upon for years to come.
We need all the help we can get to satisfy our objectives, and this is a great community in which to find support.