Personal Finance en 21 Day Blog: 10 Things I Learned <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>So yesterday was the last of the 21 Day Financial Fast and although I didn't update every day I want to share what I learned across the entire 21 Days.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 17:40:07 +0000 Lindsay Rae Myers 4845 at 21 Day Blog: 10 Things I Learned 21 Day Blog: Entitlement vs. Contentment <p>After spending this weekend in a resort town and reflecting on my finances some themes emerged that Michelle Singletary brings forward in these past few days: entitlement and contentment.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 23:55:08 +0000 Lindsay Rae Myers 4186 at 21 Day Blog: Entitlement vs. Contentment 21 Day Blog: Financial Fast Freeloader Edition <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today started and ended with some of my weak spots. I planned ahead but I'm not sure if I can say I succeeded because instead of fasting, I freeloaded! Let me explain. I started my morning off with a meeting at a local coffee shop I frequent. I made my coffee at home and I also brought some home-juiced carrot and ginger juice to drink with my meeting. When I arrived at the shop my source was already there so I sat down with her and my regular barista asked if I wanted some water and I accepted. A few minutes later she brought me a delicious coffee beverage "on the house."&nbsp;</span></p><p>She knew about the fast.</p><p>First off, thanks barista-friend! I delighted in that hand-crafted-with-love coffee. It was delicious. But I felt a little guilty because I knew it was against the spirit of the fast. Later, in a caffeine-induced craze (I also packed a thermos of coffee for work) I thought about Michelle Singletary's&nbsp;emphasis of the day- that fasting allowed us to bless others long term. In the short term other people blessed me.</p><p>After work I encountered my other weakness: happy hour meetings. I popped into a local pub to meet some friends to hash out a project we have been working on. Immediately my friend Chris tells me to put my order on his tab.&nbsp;</p><p>"Did you know I'm on a spending freeze?" I questioned suspiciously.&nbsp;</p><p>No, he was just being nice. I <em>did</em> explain to him what I was doing- then promptly ordered a beer.</p><p>On the other hand, I did eat cheese and crackers for lunch.</p><p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 00:51:26 +0000 Lindsay Rae Myers 4023 at 21 Day Blog: Financial Fast Freeloader Edition 21 Day Blog: Financial Fast Day Two <p>Day Two:</p><p>Yesterday I blogged about <a href="">starting the financial fast</a> and what the "rules" are. I have to confess to already breaking one: on my first day I bought something!</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 04:32:37 +0000 Lindsay Rae Myers 3935 at 21 Day Blog: Financial Fast Day Two