Power In Your Wallet: Take Control of Your Life, One Cent At A Time

I recently read Sophia Amoruso’s #Girlboss. I know I am two years too late, but hey better late than never, right? One of the parts that I liked the most is how she mentioned that it’s better to have money in your bank than on your feet - that is buying things you don't really need.

I couldn’t agree more. 

I want to share my story with you in the hopes that you will see this to be true as well.

Let me start by saying that I do not come from a rich family nor do I have a super job. I am just an average person with this one particular habit: 

I have had a non-negotiable saving percentage since high school

Anytime I ever received money in my life - I have always side some aside.

Since I was in high school, all I could think about was having my own place. Is not like I had any troubles at home, I was just a weird kid who dreamt about living on her own. Through high school and then college, I saved all I could from what my parents gave me and any other odd job I had while majoring in Psychology. Which usually meant about a dollar a week or so. But by the time I finished college and graduated, I had the money to buy the essentials to move out on my own. I got a grown up job. And I was able to go live by myself soon after that. That was in 2008.

My next step was buying my own place. While all the rest of the millennials out there were backpacking through Europe, I was dreaming about what my house would look like (I am such a nerd, I know) What did I do? Once again, I returned to my saving habit. I did this religiously from 2008-2014. That allowed me to put down the first payment for my own place, and in 2014 I became the proud owner of my house. 

And as soon as I was done with my house, I saved once again. This time to start my own business. I have some money set aside to give me the time to create and (fingers crossed) start generating revenue so I can officially be my own boss.  I am telling you all of this to show you how small, apparently fruitless actions, can lead to big accomplishments

I was just a regular kid who happened to put some money aside. That was it. 

No matter what your situation is, I bet you can put something aside as well. Even if it is one dollar like me. Eventually that one dollar will turn into a down payment for your place, your retirement fund, or how you will launch your own company. Maybe none of those are things that interest you. Maybe what you really want is backpacking through Europe because you are way cooler than me. That is perfectly fine. Just start today with your saving habit. Because you will need some wallet power one way or another.

Take control of your life and your goals one dollar at a time. You will get there. I promise you that. 

{About The Author}

Carolina Venegas is a Psychologist and Coach, currently living in Costa Rica. She is also behind the kitchen tales of the vegan blog Kind Kitchen -  kindfoodlove.com - and in the process of launching her coaching platform- stay tuned for that! 

You can connect with her through her Instagram account @carolina_vng

Or twitter account @Carolina_VQ