Friday, December 23, 2011

New Year, New Direction, New Hope

In case you hadn’t noticed, I was gone for a tick. I took a temporary respite from blogging. No, I was not in poor health (thank you for asking) and no, I was not being apathetic. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. I was knee-deep in action, getting some new projects underway and launching some new business ideas. Originally, my plan was to combine these exciting new ventures to the blog. All of a sudden, right smack dab in the meridian of one project, I had an epiphany; and it was a game changer.

Am I doing what I set off to do?
I set off thinking about the blog. I ruminated about the reasons I started it, I mulled over why it was important to me and I asked myself, “What exactly am I accomplishing here? Am I staying true to my initial purpose?”

I deliberated on those notions for a minute or two. I know what my purpose was when I inaugurated the blog –or, at least I think I do. I (at least) had some ambitions in mind and I had a general idea for the future. I even had some clever things written down on a piece of paper. Bountiful and moneymaking ideas that even (after a spilled cup of coffee) found their way onto one of my numerous spreadsheets. Then, as it usually does, life threw me a curve ball. Moreover, as it often is, that curve ball was a blessing in disguise.

Ever since I unbolted the virtual Penny Pinchers doors last year and inaugurated it on the web, the blog (and my ideas for it) has metamorphosed and improved significantly. However, I like change. I believe that (most) change is for the better. I embrace it. I hope you will embrace it with me.

A new direction
For those of you who know me personally, you know that I am a ‘Glee’ fan. Okay, perhaps ‘Glee’ fanatic is a better descriptor, but that is unimportant. For those of you who do not know me personally…surprise!

Yet, I digress. While my catalyst for change and growth doesn’t stem solely from a pop-culture, small screen smash hit, I share a commonality with the New Directions: we are/were/could always be the underdog.

Who doesn’t love an underdog?
All through my hiatus and during my internet trekking, I spent hours reading the supervening reader comments for an eclectic fare of personal finance articles. Despite the fact that some of the assessments were superfluously negative, I can’t deny the fact that many people out there are hurting. They have been laid off, fired, had their hours cut back; they feel like they have lost their voices and they are looking for answers that generic financial advice simply cannot provide. I know, because I have been there. I have hit rock bottom and I have risen back up. I don't just talk the talk, I have walked the walk.

You may be hurting. You might not be. You might be a person who just stumbled on this blog, someone who needs to make some infinitesimal money changes, or someone who came here looking for inspiration or optimism. Whoever you are, whatever your circumstances, I promise to provide a maniacal focus on hope for the New Year. Although you will never catch me swearing that money buys happiness, money remains a necessary evil that many folks out there don’t have, but need in order to survive.

Consequently, for the first quarter of 2012, I want to talk to you (my readers) about potential. I want to help you reach yours; to help you make more money, to help you discover how to spend less money and to help you make monumental changes designed to help improve you financial future; direct from one underdog to another.

I have hope, and I have plenty of hope to spare and share with you in the New Year. Welcome (once again) to Penny Pinchers.