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measuring financial success

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Get rich slowly is having a group writing project. J.D. wants us all to share our financial success stories, either on our own blogs, or in his forum. I think you can win a Wii although its North American.

To me, financial success means being able to buy the nice things that I want and not worrying about where the money has come from. At the moment I’m in my late twenties and need to keep a close eye on where my money comes and goes to ensure that my outgoings are less than my income. I wouldn’t normally say that I had reached financial success.

Like english major, I come from a reasonably priviledged background and although I have some debt from college, I’m not remotely concerned about it, as the terms are so good. Unlike many other personal finance bloggers, including Trent, J.D.,  NCN and several members of the m-network, I’m not trying to get myself out of a debt hole.

As I was thinking about what to write today, I looked down at my hands on the desk, and as I am want to do, I noticed the ring that I wear on my right hand. Its not something I’ve had for a long time, I bought it a few months ago, in a spur of the moment purchase. Its just a silver and cubic zircona ring and it cost me £15. It is beautiful though and wearing it daily makes me feel like a real grown up.

Its a nice thing that I wanted, I bought it for myself without needing anyone else’s say so, and because it was affordable I didn’t even need to think about where the money was coming from.

The little silver ring represents my financial success. By increasing my income and lowering my requirements I can do whatever I like, without worrying about money. 

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7 comments for “measuring financial success”

  1. I’ve been reading your blog for a few months now and for some reason, I assumed you were male.


    Posted by aimlesstraveler | October 19, 2007, 7:10 pm
  2. A number of people have assumed that I’m male. I don’t really like to correct people in case they are embarrassed but it doesn’t bother me in the slightest.

    Posted by plonkee | October 19, 2007, 7:30 pm
  3. I’m not embarrassed, just surprised. And analyzing my internal biases as to why I would assume that about you. It doesn’t really matter, either way. It’s just something to chew on for a little while, for me. :)

    Posted by aimlesstraveler | October 19, 2007, 8:05 pm
  4. Aimlesstraveler - you mean the pink web site didn’t give that away? :-)

    Posted by Pinyo | October 21, 2007, 2:19 pm
  5. Haha, I mostly read on my feed. I probably looked at the site in the beginning but then once it’s added to my feed, I don’t go to the page unless I feel the need to comment. And I’m mostly a lurker.

    Posted by aimlesstraveler | October 22, 2007, 7:02 pm
  6. To be fair, it has briefly been blue, and there’s no reason why boys can’t have pink blogs in the 21st century ;) .

    I’m also mostly a feed reader, although I feel the need to add my comments to lots of people’s posts.

    Posted by plonkee | October 22, 2007, 8:02 pm

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