The January Money Diet Begins with Challenge #1

January Money Diet Day 1

Dear friends,

Happy New Year, and welcome to the first day of the 2018 January Money Diet! This year, we embrace our new dieters and say hello to many repeat dieters who have participated before. Our diverse group includes money dieters from across the globe – the U.K., Canada, Norway, Austria, Australia, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Singapore, the U.S. and more. Welcome, everyone!

I’m so glad you’ve joined us. Whether this is your first January Money Diet or you’re a seasoned alumni, I promise you’ll enjoy this generous community of like-minded people.

For the next 31 days, we’ll take a break from spending cash on anything but essentials.

We’ll share skills to s-t-r-e-t-c-h our money while living well, having fun, and enjoying splurges. We’ll take steps to make our living spaces comfortable and uncluttered.

We’ll encourage each other, cheer each other on, and share lots of ways to live large without spending. At the end of the month, we’ll each do something extraordinary with the extra money we’ve saved.

First, a Little Housekeeping…

If you’re a regular Happy Simple Living reader but you haven’t “joined” this year’s January Money Diet, you need to sign up (just one time) here.

Otherwise, you won’t receive the daily e-mails for the next 30 days. If you don’t receive an e-mail from me tomorrow (Jan. 2), just jump over to the January Money Diet page and sign up and you’ll be back on track.

If you can’t remember whether you signed up or not, you can fill out the form just to be on the safe side and you won’t receive duplicate emails.

You’re also warmly invited to join the private January Money Diet Facebook Group to connect with other dieters across the globe.

Okay – let’s jump right in with the first challenge, shall we?

The January Money Diet begins with a month-long initiative to help strengthen our relationship with money.

The Link Between Giving and Receiving

Prosperity and giving are connected in a beautiful, mysterious way. It might not make logical sense, but the more we give away, the greater abundance we experience. We receive more, and then we can give away even more. In the process of sharing with others, we also feel happier.

In a month when many of us feel squeezed after the holidays and anxious to get back on track financially, it might feel almost counterintuitive to start a money diet by giving more. And yet, because I’ve experienced this wonderful paradox in my own life I know that giving unlocks amazing things for each one of us.

The age-old Biblical principle of sowing and reaping is the yin and yang that brings balance and joy to the way we manage money.

Here is your first challenge, which you can work on at your own pace throughout the month.

JMD Challenge #1: Give 31 things away

During this no-spend month, look for opportunities to share your abundance with others.

Some of us may choose to give away 31 things we no longer need — perhaps items like clothes, furniture, coats, dishes or other things that would bless another person. By clearing out clutter and making space, we’ll have fewer things to clean and keep track of and more breathing room.

Some might decide to prepare a hot meal for someone, or send an encouraging note, or teach someone a skill, or babysit, or listen, or give a back rub, or shovel a snowy sidewalk, or pass along a book. What you give is completely up to you.

Be on the lookout for unexpected gifts and blessings that come your way this month, too. Visit the JMD Community Facebook Group to leave comments about the 31 gifts you give, and share your experiences of both giving and receiving. You can also use the #JanuaryMoneyDiet tags on your Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest posts. I can’t wait to hear your stories!

I’m excited to share this journey with you, and you’ll be hearing from me again tomorrow.

Until then, enjoy this New Year’s Day and the promise of a fresh financial start in 2018.

Hugs,

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

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