While the words business and regular newsletter conjure up images for me of professionalism, there's also an element of detachment, of something not personal. So with this last newsletter before the festive season I'd like to share a personal story with you. There is an ulterior motive though. I hope by sharing some of myself you'll feel more comfortable asking me questions and letting me know about you. Because ultimately I want you to have financial fitness, meaning you have no financial stress and are on track for your retirement nest egg (check www.moneysmart.gov.au for what you need).
So this story is an insight into the last 12 months of my life as the Tree change unfolds. It's part of the Australian Broadcast (ABC) Open project "What's your greatest fear?" It's only a 2 minute read, it's funny, it's real and yes, the photo was our "bedroom in the carport". I'd love to hear what your greatest fear is too. By facing our fears we become empowered and see that they're really not that bad. There were other great stories at the workshop which leads me to thinking of Christmas presents that will be remembered.
Have you thought of a photo book of memories, a love letter like no other or a surprise "48 hrs of fun activities". Use your imagination and you'll find you don't need much money to show someone you care. Of course you could scroll the YMM blog or even buy the book (for older people) that Justin Herald said "was a great read!". For younger ones there's http://www.financialfitness.com.au/online-store.html.
So until 2015 may the song of 1000 birds fill your head, the smell of great cooking fill your nostrils and the joy of living truthfully fill your heart. If that's too soppy (though I liked it), then may you eat, drink and be merry without blowing the budget (too much ;-)
Until next time, stay healthy, happy & wealthy, inside & out!
Larissa Zimmerman aka Your Money Mistress. BSc (Maths) plus a few other pieces of paper
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