Things you can’t change.

Things you can’t change:

  • The weather
  • The unemployment rate
  • People who are dumb
  • The stock market

Things you can change:

  • Your spending
  • Your saving
  • Your income
  • Your life
  • Your happiness

The end.

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  1. How To Save Money December 22, 2014 at 5:08 AM

    Agree with # 5! I truly believe that happiness is a choice :)

    1. J. Money December 22, 2014 at 2:20 PM


  2. Mrs. Frugalwoods December 22, 2014 at 6:53 AM

    Well said. I’d say that pretty much sums it up. We can all go home now. Happy new year :)!

  3. Mark @ BareBudgetGuy December 22, 2014 at 7:14 AM

    I would like one sexy post on each of those in 2015.

    1. J. Money December 22, 2014 at 2:20 PM

      Now you’re just getting greedy :)

  4. John @ Frugal Rules December 22, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Love it J$! I’d add attitude to the list as well. Merry Christmas sir!

  5. Holly@ClubThrifty December 22, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Short and sweet. I really wish I could change people who are dumb, though!

    1. Vee February 17, 2015 at 2:58 PM

      Me too, all the time!

  6. Chris @ Flipping A Dollar December 22, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    I keep telling myself this. Our cat got out, and we’re trying our best, but we’re pretty bummed out about it.

    1. J. Money December 22, 2014 at 2:21 PM

      Maybe he/she is just out shopping for Christmas presents? :)

      1. Chris @ Flipping a Dollar December 23, 2014 at 6:34 AM

        Found him last night. A neighbor saw the flyers I posted. Dumbass cat was more excited about catnip than anything else. I don’t think he learned a lesson…

        1. J. Money December 23, 2014 at 12:13 PM

          Well at least you got a happy ending to that story :) And now you know what to get him for Christmas – hah.

  7. Amy December 22, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Great reminders – thanks!

  8. MMD December 22, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    I constantly have to remind myself about the “happiness” point. It’s too easy to let other people cripple your mood.

  9. Tonya@Budget and the Beach December 22, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Very true! Often times people complain or focus on the things they can’t change, and I’d like to add “other people in general” to the list of things you can’t change. They run around in circles trying to fix things they can’t and it’s a waste of energy!

    1. J. Money December 22, 2014 at 2:22 PM


  10. Josh Collar December 22, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    The things that we want are all inside of us. We just have to DELIBERATELY search for them.

  11. David Hunter December 22, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    One of the greatest posts I’ve ever seen, by anybody!!!

    1. J. Money December 22, 2014 at 2:22 PM

      Haha… I should just limit all my posts to a few bullet points then :)

    1. Hannah December 22, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      It’s not a haiku.
      However, my reply is.
      No hate, just saying.

  12. Mrs. WW December 22, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    This is why I try to limit my news intake as much as I can and still have a basic gist what’s goin’ on. The news doesn’t tell me how I can make the world a better place. It just tells me what I cannot change. The only thing I can’t change that I need to know is the weather because I need to know how many layers to put on for the bike commute.

    1. J. Money December 22, 2014 at 2:23 PM

      Yes. I try to limit my news as much as I avoid rashes. Rarely come away feeling better about myself!

  13. Even Steven December 22, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    So for changing the weather you are making a bold statement that Storm from X-Men is not real, I’m not sure how I feel about that.

    1. Brian December 22, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      Cloud Seeding exists and changes the weather… and if you believe Jessie “The Body” Ventura HARP can control such things too.. Time to put on the old tinfoil hat

      1. J. Money December 23, 2014 at 12:14 PM

        Y’all are too much, haha…

  14. Connie @ Savvy With Saving December 22, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Haha love this. Preach! :)

  15. Steve Kobrin December 22, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Yes, indeed! Change starts from within and works its way outward.

  16. Jayson @ Monster Piggy Bank December 22, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    True. Stock market and unemployment are beyond my control, but I have control over my spending and life, which I am gonna do better today and next year.

  17. Mr. Captain Cash December 22, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Yep, can’t add much more to that! Great post.

    Mr. Captain Cash

  18. Kim @ Money Under the Cushions December 22, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    The end. One sexy post. Cuz it’s true!

  19. Tawcan December 22, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    And that’s exactly why you shouldn’t worry about things that you can’t change and start focusing on things that you can change!

    1. J. Money December 23, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      You got it, good sir.

  20. Frugal Buckeye December 29, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    As the minimalists like to say “you can’t change the people around you, but you can change the people around you”.

  21. FinanceQA January 3, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Great lists! Most often than not, people forget that happiness is a choice and that they can do something about it. There are times when we feel stuck and unhappy, but we can always move forward and change it. Life is the decisions you make, too. Better focus on things you can change rather than feeling stressed out with the number of dumb people around you.