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Celebrating milestones

by Vicki Simons

It is an important part of life: celebrating milestones.

Two people in my family have birthdays this week. Each one is a milestone.

Next week (on 1/20/2014), Truck-Drivers-Money-Saving-Tips.com turns 5 years old. That's a big milestone for Mike and me.

Perhaps you have a goal you've been stretching to reach. Along the way, have you set mini-goals for yourself? Have you rejoiced when you have reached each mini-goal to help spur you on to reach your big goal?

On state versions of GasBuddy (ours is SouthCarolinaGasPrices.com), there are icons that represent two things for members:
* the number of points you have accumulated and
* whether or not you have interacted with the site for 90 days in a row or more.

A different color icon is shown up until the 1,000,000 point mark and then all of the icons are red (only the vehicle style changes).

Perhaps achieving a certain color vehicle or vehicle style (for having earned a certain number of member points) is important to you. Perhaps it would be more meaningful to you to win a "New Daily GasBuddy $100 Prize Give-away!"

At any rate, you need to determine what is meaningful to you in celebrating milestones. Perhaps it is to get out of debt or to make a large purchase or to help someone achieve a dream come true.

While you're working on your budget, don't forget to leave a bit of wobble room for congratulating yourself for a job well done if you deserve it.

Don't overdo the celebrating, but make your celebration memorable and meaningful. Doing so will help you to stay motivated to press on.

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