Yep. It’s that time a year again when us Catholics give up something for Lent! And in true form, I have to relate it to money so I can post about it and keep myself in check here ;) ‘Cuz if there’s one way to do it, it’s blogging about it to thousands of people who are good and will call me out if I start slipping! Though in this case, it’s gonna be harder than last year’s no cursing challenge. (Remember when I messed up 31 times and donated an extra $31 for it? Ugh. Just imagine how much I *used* to curse in that case, though ;))
So instead of the curse jar this season, we’re gonna go old school again and bring back the no candy/chocolate/desserts “sweets” rule circa 2nd grade ;) Which means no more mint chocolate chip ice cream (!!!), no more Dunkin’ Donuts, and especially no more beloved FREE Wendy’s Frostees! Yikes. It may not be the most original idea in the world, but it’s the one thing I need to get better about again… I’ve let myself slip back into “I don’t care” mode and my body is finally acting on it for once, haha… my dad says it’s cuz I’m getting old, and believe him ;)
We’re gonna up the ante this time around too. Instead of $1.00 for every mess up, we’re gonna increase it to $10.00! Because if I can go through the entire process of scooping out ice cream, or rummaging through our cupboards for junk food and NOT remember that it’s off limits for the next 40 days, then I certainly deserve to be punished. Especially financially – the worst kind! Haha… (okay, well that’s not entirely true, but still – shelling out money over for nothing sucks!) And at the end of the whole season, I’ll be donating the cash pile back to the good ol’ church just like last year too. So at least someone will be rewarded for my mistakes ;)
Here are some of the other Lent give-ups we’ve done over the years:
- 2011: Gave up cursing. Results: Yes I failed 31 times in this, BUT I did curb it enough to get me to think for a half second more before blurting it out unlike before ;) So that’s nice. And with speech it’s a lot harder to catch yourself mid-act when the words leave your mouth so fast! haha… I’m hoping I catch myself much faster with this new anti-junk food deal ;)
- 2010: Can’t remember, and not documented here :( That’s why I need to blog about it!
- 2009: Gave up complaining. Results: I’ve been SUPER conscious of this every since!! It’s really improved my entire outlook, and as cheesy as it sounds I’ve become a LOT more positive in the process. Def. a great one to strive for :)
- 2008: Gave up shopping. Results: The best financial move I have ever made HANDS DOWN. I had *no idea* how much extra I was spending every month by just “window shopping.” and for the past 3 years have been incredibly better with my shopping habits. HIGHLY recommend giving this a shot – even for just a month. It’ll put your entire financial habits into perspective.
- 2007: Gave up soda. Results: Well, for years afterwards I only drank them on weekends which was a nice treat, but since working from home I’ve gone back to drinking them as I crave them (or need the caffeine to complete any of my projects). Still a lot better than drinking them every single day like I used to, but it can def. be curbed more.
Before ’07 is all a blur. And I had stopped going to church for a while too, which I’m glad I’m better about now. But as you can see, these periods of giving stuff up has really affected my life for the positive! It’s amazing how you can break bad habits over time, and replace them with much BETTER ones in the process. I won’t say it’s always easy, but it’s totally possible.
Are any of you in the process of giving something up right now? Any other practicing Catholics out there? Whatever you’re working on – or doing your best to work on ;) – I wish you nothing but sweet and sexy success! We’re all capable of some awesome accomplishments in our lives, we just gotta get started on them… and I’ve got nothing but faith in y’all!
(Tasty photo by rhonogle)
UPDATE: It’s now 2019 and I rarely eat sweets anymore :) Took me a few years, but it was because of this challenge that got me to be more *conscious* about it all! So still very much recommend trying this!
Jay loves talking about money, collecting coins, blasting hip-hop, and hanging out with his three beautiful boys. You can check out all of his online projects at jmoney.biz. Thanks for reading the blog!