I spent a most enjoyable day re-reading all of the wonderful comments you left on each post throughout the January Money Diet.
This year’s community of dieters was truly our best ever! So many of you participated wholeheartedly, and generously wrote about your honest struggles and challenges. You encouraged others and shared your own ideas and money-saving strategies. Your participation made this endeavor better and richer for everyone. Thank you.
I wasn’t expecting the difficulty of choosing the winner of this year’s prize, but so many of you completed the challenges and stayed true to the money diet throughout January that we had lots of qualifying candidates.
It was difficult, but I eventually narrowed the field to a small group of twelve people who were really, really involved this year: Susan T., Colette, Judy, Annie, Sara, Annette, Lyn, Melissa, Nancy, Catherine G., Maggi, and Betty.
From those twelve I did a random drawing for the gift box, and the lucky winner is: COLETTE!
Here’s what Colette wrote on the last day of the money diet:
“In general, I have come away after this second January Money Diet with better habits and an even stronger resolve than ever before! Thank you Eliza, and all who left comments, for your ideas and encouragement! It has been a great success for me!”
Throughout January, many of you entrusted us with your personal stories of struggles and difficulties. I think most of us can relate to having financial worries or having to dig out from unwanted bills, and it was good to put our heads together and strategize.
I was also deeply touched by your response to Challenge #1 to give 31 gifts, and amazed at all of the many acts of kindness you performed and things you gave away.
My hope and prayer for each one of us in the months and years ahead is that we can do EXTRAORDINARY things with money. May we take the necessary steps to simplify and live within our means, so that we never have to be slaves to debt or experience financial fear.
Thank you for sharing this journey, and I look forward to having many more conversations with you in the days ahead.
Hugs and gratitude,