Friday, 5 July 2019

First 30-Day Challenge - The £50 Challenge

Recently I've been doing a lot of reading into the area of personal development. After a bit of introspection I've come to the shocking conclusion that I may in fact not be....prepare yourselves...perfect. I know. I know. I'll give you a second to come to terms with it.

OK, feeling better? Good, let's continue. I've realised that at 36 I need to make a few changes if I'm going to stay fit and healthy and hopefully be able to enjoy my life with my family for as long as possible. There's really no point in trying to change 10 things at once though, or 5 or even 2. The best way to making real, lasting changes is to make incremental adjustments. This brought me back to one of my favourite Ted Talks, Try Something New For 30 Days by Matt Cutts, linked below.



I'm going to keep track of each challenge here both for fun but also as a way to keep myself on track. I've a couple of ideas for this year mostly focusing on health and fitness but the first one is going to be financial fitness.

Dollar Bills picture by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash
Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash
This isn't going to be easy, but then why bother if it was. For the next 30 days I'm living off only what's in my wallet. It's not like I've loaded it up either, I've £50.22 to get me through the month...see you in a month Starbucks.

When you start to factor in petrol etc, £50 literally won't take you far so one additional rule for this challenge: any money needed beyond the starting amount has to be earned from somewhere other than my day job wage and it can't be from savings or borrowed. This is going to make things interesting.

So lets get this underway. Today is Day 1.

Day 1: £50.22