In addition to being back to blogging, I'm back on Youtube too! In this chit-chat vlog, I shared 3 things I am leaving behind in 2016.
- Negativity - The power of positive thinking and positive speech is something I've mentioned on the blog before. I don't want to focus on the negatives (real and imagined) in my life. Instead of being anxious and worrying about my circumstances, I will be praising God for the things He has provided. The Bible says that we should give thanks in all things, so that's what I will be doing. Yes, I will have problems, yes there will be struggles and issues, but guess what? God is bigger than any problem or struggle or issue. It's time to look to Him and His promises over the issues of life!
- Low Self-Esteem - Whenever I get a compliment, chances are I'll downplay it. I can be very self-deprecating sometimes, and it's really poor behavior. People tend to see way more value in me than I see in myself. For instance, the first time someone referred to me as a writer, I was confused and almost denied it. The fact that someone last year said she would totally read a book if I decided to write one was mind-boggling to me! But if I really think about it, I have some gifts and talents that God has given me, so why would I undervalue them?!?! No more!
- Frivolous Spending - It's not that I spend money any how without thinking about it. But I stopped drawing up monthly budgets - a drawback of being unemployed was that there was no money to even budget with! While I don't do a lot of shopping, I do tend to spend on food. Fast food, restaurants, Starbucks, cookies, etc all tend to add up when you really think about it. I'm not doing that well already in 2017 but I really want to make an effort to do better. It's time for me to get serious with my personal finance, and I've taken a couple of steps to help me along.