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Karl and Heather's Journey:

An American in Paris

Je déteste mon argent! This phrase was proclaimed to a foreign exchange agent in Paris by a friend of ours. Translation: I hate my money! After repeated attempts, the agent finally pleaded, stop butchering our language and speak English! Turns out trying to learn some French a week before visiting there is not actually an effective strategy. So in honor of our well-intentioned friend, the theme of our final Project Money blog is, ‘learning how to love your money.’

Money is so much more than just a medium of exchange:

  • It is emotional
  • It is intimidating
  • It is a means to an end
  • It is a ‘language’ unto itself
  • It should never be taken for granted
  • It is a struggle for many Americans - The Simple Dollar

Our family has come a long way in understanding and embracing that money is all of the above and more. This week I went back and re-read our past blogs and those written by the other teams. Even though all of us came to Project Money with unique challenges and intentions, there is a commonality we all share... dedication to abandoning our old bad habits and adopting new good ones.  Here’s a synopsis of how the Duncan’s have transitioned from hate (of our financial position); to like (of our new behaviors); to love (of where we are heading).

  • Came face-to-face with our less-than-ideal financial position
  • Set realistic goals to address our largest problems
  • Talked daily about what we were doing and how we were feeling
  • Re-visited each month our progress/what needed to change
  • Started planning for the future in addition to living in the moment

So our motto for 2018…Nous aimons notre argent! Translation: We love our money! It is our hope that you will (or already are) taking steps to develop your own love affair with your finances, and thank you for following our journey. XOXO!


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