Over the past year, I completed the 52 Week Money Challenge because I wanted to try something different for the start of 2016. I've spent years of my life before discovering fat positivity on New Year's resolutions related to hating my body and doing everything I could to change it. And while I've ditched any type of body image related New Year's resolution, I still like to use the New Year to start a new goal. Last year, I took savings offline and took on the 52 Week Money Challenge. And I am happy to report that I was able to save more than I needed to half of my deposit for a two-week trip to Italy in summer of 2017!
I was inspired to take the 52 Week Money Challenge when I read a post on Tumblr about how the person had completed it: what worked for them and what didn't. For the purposes of accountability, I invited my best friend and roommate, Kristen, to do the challenge with me. I knew it would be a challenge for both of us but for different reasons: I am a natural saver but at the beginning of 2016, my client load for freelancing wasn't where I needed it to be so I didn't have a lot of extra money coming in to save and well Kristen will be the first to admit that saving isn't necessarily her forte.