Money… the lack of it, the way it is spent, stressing over, working 40+ hours a week for it. And if you are trying to do life with a spouse, well, then it is double the trouble as you try to do this whole money thing together. Seriously, you know that money is the #1 reason for divorce in America, no wonder it feels like you are trying to pull a lion’s teeth every time you try to talk about it. So let’s find a better way to do this, let’s pretend budget conversations are like eating dinner.
Everyone has something they want to be known by or to known for. It can be a personality trait, a health goal, how popular they are, the atmosphere they give off, or a career objective. If your objective, your deepest, truest goal, is your focus, you will began to aspire, to grow it to the point where people around you will see it and help you move toward your goal and your reputation will began to change too.
As you may have noticed, I haven’t written a new blog post lately, I’m not sure, but it seems to be something to do with being pregnant. See, baby is convinced that writing is boring and being a world-class baby gymnast is better. Baby’s energy (and prego hormones!) is making this mommy tired and unable to write as fluently as before. So, let’s see if I (and baby!) can get some juices flowing and write about something that has been on my mind lately…
“Less is best” has become my motto for my faith, use of time, priorities and spending habits. And yet, I am beginning to learn that there is so much more to this mindset than just ‘having less.’
My attitude is now focusing on adding value, on being intentional and knowing my personal goals above all else. This idea of simplifying goes into all aspects of my life - relationships, time management, faith, money, being balanced, careers, everything is covered by it. The truth is, I have found minimalism to be a freeing mindset. I am truly enjoying the process of becoming more by becoming less.
“How many jobs have you held in your life?” Everyone I have asked this is on one extreme or the other. Either they only had a few jobs in their lifetime or they were changing jobs every few months like I have done. Here is the short list of jobs I have held – teacher, English/Math tutor, copywriter, cancer researcher, marketing coordinator, barista, waitress, customer service at a bookstore, cashier at a university cafe, after school helper, preschool aid, fitness center front desk help, administrator assistant, claims investigator, courier driver, author, ride share driver, flower and ‘fruit basket’ deliverer, direct sales distributor, summer camp organizer and blogger.
I am just enjoying the night, it is beautiful out. I am sitting straight up, legs crossed under me (because this is the only way to sit for perfect focusing, right?), sipping my black coffee. My computer is in front of me and my journal is open on the table beside me. For the first time in weeks, I want to write. So I shall.
Lately, I have wondered what I have to write about. It seems that I am not getting devotional-type, based-off-of-a-verse inspirations. However, this is where I am in my life right now, so we are going to have ‘life and success blogs.’ In the past, I have found that what I am struggling with, my readers can identify with, so I hope it’s a blessing to you. As most of you know, I left a standard job back in May to pursue dreams that I simply couldn’t follow as a full-time teacher. It was amazing to take that leap of faith… HOWEVER… it hasn’t been as easy as I thought it would be! I realized I had a lot to learn about being disciplined and focused with my time and energy. So, here are 5 habits I am learning to incorporate into my daily life to make sure that our dreams are going to come true.