#GetAtHome Challenge 02: Money

Money *is* always a challenge, no?

With me, another summer trip to China is in the books.
Last summer’s trip already had people ask how I could afford to travel like that…

And now, I also quit/was let go (it was mutual) from an employment.

So, money – making a living – will be a big challenge for me, but it is also a challenge all around, always.

Even if you had too much, money would still be a challenge.

Certainly in the #GetAtHome way.

How is Money a #GetAtHome Challenge?

We (hopefully) earn, and definitely have to spend, money all the time.

When we are not busy earning money, most commonly by trading our time for it, we try to make ourselves more able to earn it by getting some rest & recovery or rewarding ourselves for all the hard hours we put in to make money…

We’re enveloped in a world that is shaped by money, to the point where being rich in money is automatically seen as being happy and successful and being poor is presented as a moral (and perhaps psychological) failure.

As with so many issues, we are not necessarily at home in this world of the capital, either.

It doesn’t even have to be the inner mathematical and legal workings of financial products or the macroeconomics of nations and international trade – the kinds of things where political discussions of globalization and free trade often come to dead ends – we are thinking of here.

The unfamiliarity of this always-around issue of money often begins right in our own pocket(books), with its flow in and out of wallets and accounts.

“63% Of Americans Don’t Have Enough Savings To Cover A $500 Emergency”, as Forbes reported.

Europeans, amazingly, appear to have even less in the bank: “A new survey has found that 29% of Europeans don’t have any personal savings,” reported Fortune.

And you?

Do you know, really know, how much you make and how much you spend? And on what you spend it?

So, yes, I want to talk a bit about money, starting this month. And challenge you to #GetAtHome with it. For a start, by tracking your income(s) and expenses.

Feel free to contribute