Shoeaholic No More



April 2014



Knowing is Half the Battle

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Knowing is Half the BattleIt’s not that I’m a glass-half-empty type of person, okay yes it is. I am totally a pessimist. You wouldn’t necessarily know it from looking at me, but it’s true. I don’t always dress in gray and black and I don’t not put effort into my looks. I’m not that kind of pessimistic person, I’m just not generally very positive on my outlook of things.

Knowing is half the battle right? While I have admitted my pessimistic tendencies to myself, I’ve never really done anything to change my perspective. After reading The Pursuit of Riches, I’ve decided to try and work on my outlook on debt, life, and everything in between.

Little Miss Money really feels like an older, wiser, foreign-born version of myself. Every time I read her posts I feel more and more connected to her. We have a lot in common, but the only way that I can someday become her, if she really is a future me :), is to work on my perspective. LMM is very optimistic and up-beat about life in general and this is something I desperately need to work on.

My plan is to spend a little more quiet time, sans TV and other distractions (I’m looking at you smart phone), everyday just relaxing/meditating. I hope to start with about 5 minutes of quiet relaxing, breathing, and thinking each evening before bed. We’ll see how it goes and hopefully work it up to twice daily and possibly even for a longer period of time, like 10-15 minutes or so.

I am also going to try to think of one good thing that happened or that I’m thankful for each day. I will write them down on a slip of paper and put them in a jar, at the end of the year, I will look back at each slip of paper before emptying the jar and starting anew. Or maybe I’ll write them in a journal, I haven’t decided that part yet.

These are some lofty goals, even though they don’t take that much time, and I will do my best to keep you all up-to-date on how they are progressing. I think I could get a lot further in all my other goals and aspects of my life if I work on my attitude. After all, there are few things you can control in life, but you attitude and how you react to things is one thing you can control. 🙂

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Kayla is a mid-20s single girl living in the Midwest, USA. She is focused on paying off her consumer and student loans, while simplifying her life and closet. You can join her on her journey at ShoeaholicNoMore or follow her on Twitter.


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