Today is February 29th.

Once every four years we get an extra day. This means a few things.

It’s great for people who get paid by the hour. There’s 24 extra hours in the year for you to earn more money. At the same time, it kinda sucks for the people who get paid a salary. I’m getting my 365 day salary in a year with 366 days! Not fair!!!

leap year

photo credit: flickr.com/qmnonic/

I’m kidding. I don’t care about the extra day in the year for my day job. But one of my twitter followers Jackie Walters really made me think: with an extra day in the year, how can we use it to accomplish our goals?

I bet there’s something you’ve been meaning to do for a long time but haven’t gotten around to it. I bet some of you have been meaning to pick up an extra shift at work or find a second job. Maybe you’ve been waiting for the right time to get started on a small business idea. Extra income could make all the difference in the world for your finances.

Or maybe you have some smaller items that need to be done. Maybe you’ve been meaning to clean out the garage, donate a bunch of old clothes, or get things together for a yard sale. Heck, maybe you just haven’t gotten around to doing laundry in the last few days.

Whatever you need to do, today is the perfect day to get it done. This is your extra day; you have 24 hours to accomplish something. What are you going to do with it?

whatever wednesday

I’m Bad at Grocery Shopping

I was asked to write about financial mistakes, and I’ve done plenty of that in the past. For example buying a car and buying another car.

The most interesting part of the question was about mistakes I am CURRENTLY making. Right now I think my biggest mistake is wasting money on food that goes bad. I’m eating at home a lot more often, which can save a bunch of money. The problem is that I’m not very good at grocery shopping and I’ll end up buying stuff and letting it go bad.

If anyone has any tips on how to buy groceries better and not let things go bad, I’m all ears.

We Could All Use Some Motivation

Another suggestion was to write about “hope” and how it can affect us, but I’m actually not a big fan of the word “hope”. It suggests a lack of control. For example, I hope Mizzou wins the NCAA tournament in a few weeks, but my hope isn’t going to change anything.

I prefer “motivation”. I love that feeling when I believe in myself and feel like I can accomplish anything. When I’m motivated, I have control over what happens, In fact, I’ve been thinking about motivation a lot recently and I have a post dedicated to it tomorrow. I think you’ll like it, so make sure you come back!

Missouri Basketball is Darn Good

Speaking of Mizzou basketball, I can’t wait for March Madness. Call me crazy, but I think this team can go all the way to the Final Four.

Missouri has had some pretty darn good basketball teams over the years, but they’ve never made it to the Final Four. A national championship would be great, but just making the Final Four would be enough in my book. It’s the classic Mizzou fan mentality. Set the bar low enough that it should be attainable, and then still get disappointed because they don’t do it. *sigh*

On a side note, I love sports. Even when my team loses and it makes me so angry, it’s still a great feeling. Part of me thinks it’s silly to get so emotional over a game I have no control over, but then I realize it’s great to have those strong feelings. It makes me feel more alive.

Sports either make me really happy (when we win) or really upset (when we lose), but no matter the outcome I love to feel engaged and send my emotions on a roller coaster! Life is meant to be exciting, not boring!