If you have been a reader of my blog for any length of time you may remember that I am a HUGE fan of the sweet and inspiring lady behind the Money-Saving Mom blog. Crystal Paine is nothing short of amazing and I am constantly inspired by her to keep focused on my goals. Crystal blogs on a variety of topics from saving money (obviously) to setting and achieving goals to parenting to having a strong faith.
I had the privilege of getting to meet Crystal in-person last year. If you are a blogger, you might understand what a big deal this was as she is a blogging super-star. Her blog gets millions of hits EACH MONTH and I couldn’t believe my good fortune that I was able to meet her with a few other ladies in my home-town. We enjoyed several hours of conversation at a Starbucks in downtown Indianapolis and Crystal was so incredibly down-to-earth and generous. It was a great time.
As a result of THAT meeting, I was able to do a review of her new book, Money-Saving Mom’s Budget, published in January of this year, on my blog. You can read the full-review I did on the book here. It was one of my most-viewed posts ever and Crystal was sweet enough to mention it on her Facebook page with over 150,000 followers. She sure does know how to make a girl feel special.
Today, I am so glad to have yet another opportunity to review Crystal’s work. Last year Crystal did an awesome series on her blog called, “21 Days to a More Disciplined Life”. It was such a hit that she re-wrote it, expanded it and has now released it, TODAY, as an e-book. Like everything else Crystal does, her newest e-book is EXCELLENT.
I’ve mentioned on the blog before that The Chick Magnet and I are debt-free and really strive to live a lifestyle of simplicity and frugality in order to reach the financial goals we have for our family. It has taken a lot of hard work to get to this point, and we still struggle with being disciplined all the time. One thing I was really surprised by, when I reviewed Crystal’s first book, was how much saving money and reaching financial goals was like losing weight.
This new e-book is no exception to that idea. If the process of losing weight is about ANYTHING, it’s about discipline. Sometimes I think about all the work and all the difficult decisions we have had to make to get to the point of being debt-free and think if I can apply that same intensity and determination to my weight-loss efforts, why in the world would I not be successful? Indeed, I would be.
I talk a lot about the emotional issues that are involved in weight-loss-those issues are no less real in how we manage our money. Money management and living frugally require self-sacrifice and the ability to say “no” to oneself and practice self-control. Sounds an awful lot like what it takes to be successful at weight-loss doesn’t it?
Crystal talks about all this and more in her latest e-book. She reminds us that discipline is a CHOICE we make. I was struck in the very first chapter when she admitted this and took a hard look at her situation and realized that wherever she lacked discipline in her life SHE was the problem.
The same can be said of weight-loss. It is no one else’s fault that I am in the situation I am in. Ultimately, I am the problem and until I come to that realization, there will be no progress in this area, or any area where I struggle with self-discipline.
Crystal also reminds us that discipline is a process. It’s not going to happen overnight and it rarely works to make huge, drastic changes all at once. Crystal’s e-book is FILLED with practical applications and advice on how we can make small steps toward self-discipline in whatever area we choose that will give us real traction and help us to realize success in whatever area we struggle. At the end of each chapter she includes ideas for practical application and steps to complete that “mega-project”, as she calls it, that weighs heavily on our minds.
Crystal encourages us to break down these “mega-projects” into bite-sized pieces and establish a written plan for accomplishing our goals. She emphasizes the importance of starting small, focusing on one habit at a time, being prepared for obstacles (because they WILL come), being realistic, having accountability, and staying focused. The e-book also includes several printables for helping you achieve your goals and a motivational book list.
For me, my “mega-project” is weight-loss. It probably will be for quite some time. For you, it may look different. It may be getting your house in order, or saving money for a big vacation, or paying off a debt or finding a new job or working your way through school. We all have areas in our lives where we want to see improvement and Crystal encourages us to tackle those issues head-on and develop a plan for conquering them. I wish I had the room in this blog post to list all of the amazing tips and ideas Crystal gives in her e-book because they really are so practical and helpful.
You will just have to trust me when I say this little e-book is a gem that you do NOT want to miss out on. The good news is that Crystal is offering the e-book at a special discounted price. For the next three days, today (Tuesday) through Thursday (the 26th) you can get “21 Days to a More Disciplined Life” for just 99 cents! On Friday, the price will go up to it’s regular price of $4.99. Let me encourage you to get the deal while you can as it is definitely worth every penny!
It is said that it takes 21 days to form a habit. Crystal has designed this book to be read in 21 days with small steps you can take each day to achieve your goals and become more self-disciplined. To read what Crystal has to say about the book and to purchase the pdf version, go here. You can also purchase the Kindle version on Amazon. Also, Crystal is going to be running several giveaways on her blog over the next few days, so be sure to visit her blog to get in on those deals. If you purchase the e-book during the introductory period she is giving away a free printable calendar/planner that goes along with book. If you want to get the free calendar, just follow the instructions in Crystal’s post today.
Crystal was also generous enough to give me five copies to give away. All you need to do to enter the giveaway is comment on this post telling me why you want to win. The contest will be open until 11:59 pm EST, on Thursday, October 26. I will choose the winners at random and announce the winners on Friday on the blog. I will also send an e-mail to all winners.
Please don’t hesitate to go ahead and buy your book so you can get in on the deal now. If you happen to be the winner of the contest, you can get a refund or you can give away a copy yourself! Good luck!