What does your mirror say about you?
In the first step of our budgeting process, we looked in our money mirrors. Maybe something about your spending, saving, or giving surprised you. Or it caught your eye. Now let’s go deeper — and see how our habits reveal what’s important to us. To do that, we need to step outside of ourselves for a bit.
We asked Karisa to imagine what someone else might notice if they looked in her mirror. She said:
“If someone else saw my spending, they would say, ‘Wow. She spent a lot on clothing. She must put a lot of value into appearance, having the latest styles, or the excitement of buying a new piece of clothing.’
“And I would say, they’re actually close to being right. There’s something fun about buying a new piece of clothing that I really enjoy. For me it’s a creative outlet. It’s a way to express my personality.”
That’s pretty insightful. Karisa pinpointed why she likes buying clothing by looking at her money mirror from another person’s point of view. For her, what’s important is being creative and expressing her personality.
Okay, now your turn! If your mirror’s a little foggy, take a step back and imagine it through someone else’s eyes.
- If someone else were to look in your money mirror, what would they see?
- What might the other person guess is important to you?
- How would you explain to them what’s important to you?
Share your reflection. Comment below!
See the entire Budget with a Why series to create a budget that works! Or, navigate below to check out other steps in the process.
Step 1: Look in the Mirror
Step 2: Reflect
Step 3: Meet Your Money Map
Step 4: Plan Your Route
Step 5: Start Your Journey