Numbers aren’t so bad

Welcome to Week 27 of my adventure as a member of the Marketing Plan Group. In my posts, I talk about my voyage down the road of self-employment as a website copywriter, my achievements and roadblocks along the way, and what I’m learning from my group experience.

What a trip. With the support of my group, I put my numbers together this week. And despite the bouts of nausea, overall it feels pretty good. I looked at what I’m doing now, in terms of what I’m making, spending, and saving – and then put together a plan for what I’d like to be doing in the future.

Knowing my numbers is actually empowering. I feel like I’ve been hiding from them. My numbers are nothing to be ashamed of. They show where I am and how I can progress.

I’m practicing a new money mentality: They’re just numbers.

I was so scared to come to terms with my numbers, and to choose a financial goal, but this was because I’d been connecting numbers with feelings of confidence, success, and self-worth. I’m going to try not to do that anymore. I’m looking at numbers simply as numbers. I’m not going to be embarrassed by them or impressed by them. Because they're just numbers! Right?

I kept it simple. I looked at my current financial situation (what I’m paying each month in bills and what I’m putting into savings). Then I averaged my monthly income over the past year. I took these things into consideration when choosing my new financial goal.

Have you chosen your financial goal?

Have you been able to get over being personally connected to your numbers? If so, how?