If there’s one thing NOT fat on me it’s my assets!

7 Nov

To understand how I would relate to the book Does This Make My Assets Look Fat? you have to understand where I am in life right now. I know I’ve mentioned it before, but this past summer we bought our dream home. It found us. We took one look, and were instantly in love. When your dream home (you know the one you can see yourself living in until it’s time to go to the old folks home) is staring you in the face you just can’t ignore it. You HAVE to move heaven and earth to get yourself into that house. That’s exactly what we did. Unfortunately for us, while we are living in our dream home, we still have our nightmare house too.

Having two houses has really put a strain on us financially. Sure, I make a few bucks selling Tupperware, but it really is just a few bucks. At this moment we need every red cent that comes into this house, and even a few more to keep moving forward.

On to how this book effected me…

It took me FOREVER to get through it. Not because I didn’t understand the topic or what was being asked of me, I wish it was that simple. It took me forever because I could only read for short periods of time before an anxiety attack would ensue. The first one happened on a plane, that was fun. I was in a hotel room when the attack set off by the realization that I had a negative net worth occurred.

Setting aside the fact that I needed to be sedated each time I tackled a chunk of reading, I’m really glad I had the opportunity to read it. I know I have a lot to learn financially, and from the first couple pages of the introduction I knew that this book could help me (and my family) get where I need to go. As a woman who gained 60 & 62 pounds respectively while pregnant with her children, I am no stranger to a diet book. I’m very familiar with breaking my weight goals down to manageable steps, which is just what this book does with teaching me to manage (and reach) my financial goals.

I am treating this book kind of like a new workout video. Whenever I get a new video I sit down and watch it before I try it out. I like to know what to expect and I feel I get more out of it if I know what’s coming. I’ve read the book, I know what to expect, I have a good idea of what I need to do. I just don’t know if I can do it now. I don’t think I can sit down and get serious about fixing my financial issues until that house is sold. I’m sure Susan Hirshman (the author), and probably some of you would disagree with me on this one. Taking into account the sweats I broke out into while reading it, and all that hyperventilating, I’m just not ready. Once we’ve gotten rid of that house and have the money we’re dumping into it every month I’ll be ready to look into my financial goals, until then my ONLY goal is to sell that house!

I can feel the anxiety building up just writing this post!

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