Commitment (& Restrictions) Can Be Deeply Liberating
Author: Anna Newell Jones

the irony of commitment is that it's deeply liberating anne morris quote

Once I decided to be done with my debt my whole relationship with money changed.

I was finally REALLY ready to be done with debt for good. I was committed to the process and it was time to take action.

The Spending Fast can seem very restrictive (because it is) but it was surprisingly freeing to have those restrictions. I no longer had to feel guilty about shopping and spending. If an item was on the “needs” side of my “wants and needs list” I could buy it was and if it wasn’t on the “needs” side of the list, I didn’t buy it.

To buy or not buy was clear-cut. There was no grey area. To have those limitations was a relief.


Have you ever had limitations put on you only to found that you were less stifled than anticipated?


in Goals, Motivation, Paying Off Debt, Spending Fast, Staying Out of Debt, Struggle (Hopeless, Demoralized), Take Action!


  1. Faith // September 4, 2012

    The quote you posted is wonderful. Even with a lot of structure – financially or otherwise – the routine CAN be quite liberating when you keep your eye on the final, freeing outcome.

  2. Paula // September 14, 2012

    To spend or not to spend is not so clear cut when you have children! I have no problem putting myself on a spending budget and only spending on my needs, but this is much harder when you have a family! Even my husband, who has medical issues, adds on additional expenses I have no control over. My children are mostly grown now(in their 20’s) but sometimes I see they really could use my help & then I must decide to help or not. This unexpected spending that I sometimes have no control over is very difficult for me at times!

  3. Guro // October 10, 2012

    I decided to completely ban clothes shopping starting in September, and I thought it would be really hard. I love fashion, clothes, shoes, handbags, and used to buy way too much. But not shopping feels fantastic, really liberating! I no longer feel guilty about all the clothes I didn’t wear often enough, and I no longer spend time thinking about whether to buy this or that. I cleared my wardrobe of lots of old stuff (gave it to charity), and kept only the clothes I really wear and love. It has been truly liberating, it doesn’t feel restrictive at all. I don’t even miss shopping, but feel that I have rediscovered my wardrobe!

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