Over the past few years, I have loosely participated in the season of Lent.
I am not Catholic, and I never really bothered to do my research, so I really only had a limited and naive understanding of what Lent actually is. Every year I would give something up, whether it was an activity that I enjoyed, or a food that was yummy, and I would believe that the main goal was to strengthen my "discipline" muscle by refraining from whatever it was for 40 days.
I have now learned that Lent is so much greater than giving up candy or TV (my go-to Lent items), only to gorge myself on them after Easter -- Lent is about leaving old ways of living behind to embrace a new life.
Which obviously makes much more sense, and I am glad I didn't go through another chocolate free Spring without getting the bigger picture.
That being said, as I may have mentioned on the video yesterday, one of my main goals this year is to Get Out of Debt. So, as we are just a few days away from Lent, I wanted to ask myself how my behavior over the next 40 days could help propel me towards a new way of debt free living. And thus the Happy 2014 campaign was born.
As I decide upon which behavior I want to give up, I want to replace that behavior with happiness, with joy, with peace of mind knowing that I am building a strong financial future for my family - and my community. And I want to share in that experience with you. More details to come - but this is not just about giving up, but moving forward! #Happy2014