I know that I repeat this a lot and some of you may be getting sick of hearing it, I know my husband is. But I love it. I think it is a profound statement. It’s a simple mind jogger. Just tell yourself: “Hey I have to do something different.”
Albert Einstein once said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
You know the reason I like those few words is in the title of this article? It’s a jolt to my, “Oh why is this not working?” The answer to that one is that I need to do something different. If I don’t, everything will just keep heading the same way.
This is one of the main reasons that I wrote my book. I was finding that I was not keeping track of my finances and I was not getting ahead. I needed to do something different otherwise I was going to end up in the “Big hole of debt” like so many others.
At the time I wrote it, about 18 months ago, America was at the beginning of a great deal of financial pain. It did not appear to me that many people were taking the situation very serious and of course they thought it would be over in six months. Not so, as we all know now.
I started doing something different for myself by making a plan, making myself more aware of what I was spending my money on, and how to stop spending on things that were not giving me pleasure. In other words to stop wasting money. I decided to do something different. Something I had never done before. I wrote my book Simply Fantastic: Living Better On Less. This book not only helped me, I know will help you, too.
While writing this book I began to be totally aware of how I was spending my money, giving money to the banks with different bank fees that I never took the time to even notice. I started watching my wastage in the home and that was only the beginning.
I believe in having the best that we can afford and as the book says, “Living better on less.”
If nothing else I hope this book gives you a few ideas of things that you can do without so that you can do the things that you really love to do.
Lesley Voth 1/19/2010