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Stepping back to move forward: Reflecting on your financial journey midyear

– Mignon du Preez /

As we find ourselves nearing the midpoint of the year, it’s the perfect time to pause and take stock of our financial journey.

It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day hustle and bustle, but taking a moment to reflect can help us refocus and realign our goals for the remainder of the year.

Reflecting on our financial journey isn’t about dwelling on past mistakes or missed opportunities. Instead, it’s about acknowledging how far we’ve come and identifying areas where we can improve. It’s about celebrating our successes and learning from our challenges.

So, how do we go about reflecting on our financial journey mid-year? It starts with gathering all the relevant information – from bank statements to investment accounts to bills and receipts.

Take some time to review your income and expenses and assess how well you’ve been sticking to your budget.

Next, consider your financial goals – both short-term and long-term. Are you on track to achieve them? Have your priorities shifted since the beginning of the year? Are there any adjustments you need to make to your goals or your plan for achieving them?

It’s also important to think about any major life changes that have occurred since the start of the year. Have you changed jobs? Gotten married? Had a baby? These events can have a significant impact on your financial situation, so it’s essential to reassess your plan accordingly.

Finally, don’t forget to take stock of your emotional and mental well-being when reflecting on your financial journey. Money can be a significant source of stress and anxiety for many people, so it’s crucial to consider how your financial situation is impacting your overall happiness and quality of life.

By taking the time to reflect on our financial journey mid-year, we can set ourselves up for success in the months ahead. Whether it’s making small adjustments to our budget, recommitting to our savings goals, or seeking professional advice, every step we take towards financial awareness and empowerment brings us closer to our dreams.

So, let’s take a moment to pause, reflect, and move forward with renewed clarity and purpose.

– Mignon du Preez is Group Marketing, Public Affairs and Sustainability Executive, at Old Mutual Namibia.