As you can probably imagine, I eagerly follow the stats on my blog page, excited every time I see that someone has viewed a post, and ecstatic when they “like” it! Since sharing my blog on Facebook, I’ve gotten a lot more traffic on my blog page (thanks everyone!). I’ve been paying attention to which posts seem to be most popular so that I can determine what people are interested in reading about. I’m equally as interested to see which topics aren’t quite as popular.
Surprisingly, the posts I’ve written on having fun with your money, the very same posts that I have so much fun writing, seem to not be as popular as the other posts I’ve written. I’ve been asking myself why that could be, and had an inspiration from my cat this afternoon!
Two years ago, my husband and I adopted an adorable black kitten, Oliver. He was found by my coworker in an abandoned parking lot when he was 4 months old, and we were thrilled to adopt him and make him part of our family. He has quite the spunky personality – he is not a typical lazy lap cat. He is always exploring and playing.
I took him outside on our porch this afternoon to play. It’s a gorgeous fall day and he was enjoying chasing the leaves and munching on a few. As I watched him play, I realized that we should all be more like our pets. By that, I mean we should all be more playful, curious, and stress-free!
That got me to thinking about the fun with money posts I’ve written. I think people are used to thinking of money as a super serious topic. It is, there is no question about it – without money, life could be a lot harder. However, it’s not a bad thing, and actually a great thing, to be more playful, curious, and certainly less stressed about our money.
Think about other things you have fun doing. For example, most of us cook for ourselves. It’s fine to follow a recipe exactly, and that’s probably what we all do the first time we make it. But isn’t it more fun to experiment with the recipe the next time you make it? You might play with the spices, ingredients, and side dishes. Do you find that you learn more about the recipe when you play with it? I do!
What if you applied the same concept to your money? Go ahead and buy a state quarter map (read more here) or a National Park quarter map (read more here). Mark your money and track it on the Where’s George website (read more here). Pay more attention to all aspects of your money, including the designs on our paper currency (read more here)! Let go of your tendency to be so serious about your money, if only for a few minutes.
You might be surprised what you learn when you play with your money! How do you have fun with your money?
What lessons have you learned from your pets? How can you apply those lessons to your money? Comment below!
Fun fact for today – In 2013, Americans spent $55.7 billion (yes, with a B!!) on their pets. It is expected that number will reach $60 billion in 2014! (Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/americans-spent-a-record-56-billion-on-pets-last-year/)