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:
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.
Your milestone may be:
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.
Note: This article -- which was originally written and published on January 13, 2014, by Vicki Simons -- was updated slightly in 2018.