Hi Everyone :) :)
I hope you all had a really good week. My week was really busy. I had all these ideas for other blog posts that I wanted to write about this week and I just didn't get around to it. It's probably a good idea to start putting these things down on a calendar and writing a little bit here and a little bit there - as time allows.
I don't really have a blog post about saving money today BUT I am going to share a couple of things that I thought you'd find interesting.
The first is a link to a video from the Dave Ramsey website. Actually, I saw it posted on the Dave Ramsey page on Facebook. Every so often they'll post really neat and inspirational stories of people who have gotten out of debt. This is one that was some serious inspiration for me for a few reasons. Here's the link below. Watch the whole thing in its entirety:
The decision to be completely and totally 100% debt free is a choice that I have made for myself. It's a decision that will look different for everyone based on different circumstances etc. However, this video was really inspiring to me for so many reasons.
This is a young woman, who with her husband, perservered through some very difficult circumstances to reach a personal goal that they had set for themselves. People made fun of them. That didn't stop them.
What caused me to literally break down in tears was when I learned....well, I'm not going to spoil it. That's why I HIGHLY recommend you watch this whole video and then you'll know why it caused me to break down and cry.
What I carried away from this is that if you want something bad enough, you will find a way. God will make a way. It may take me awhile to reach that goal, but with God ALL THINGS are possible. Plus, I'm not going to let the objections of a few dictate my life or throw me off my goal.
I spent most of the morning and part of the afternoon with my very good friend A. from church. She's a mentor and good friend. We went went shopping at Costco and also ate lunch there. While there and on the drive home, we talked about all sorts of things including money etc and setting priorities while working my way out of debt etc.
My mind was so focused on paying bills that I was not eating while at work. Yes, I admit it and it was a very bad thing. So we talked about how paying bills are important but I must take care of my body first. So we brainstormed some really inexpensive things I could bring to work and eat on my lunch break.
A. gave me a huge box of these fast noodle packages that her daughter brought back from Vietnam. They work just like the Top Ramen noodles that you buy in the store. So what a blessing and that's a HUGE savings right there.
Some super duper cheap things you could bring just to give you a protein boost while at work:
I'm living on a soda-pop can budget right now and these are two very easy and inexpensive things that I can do right now.
In any case, I'm really having to sit down and rethink my priorities. I'm not giving up on my goal of getting out of debt. What I am doing is just rethinking how I do things.
So I'll have more to add to this as time goes on. So keep checking back here and read my updates. As I think of things, I'll add it here and save some for next Friday, too. It's been a huge day of revelations for me about finances, how to treat my body well etc.
I would love to hear your thoughts and feedback. Keep it kind, of course :) :) I love hearing from all of you :) Have a great weekend.
That's the news from the ocean shores of California today. Love and hugs to you all, Heather :)
UPDATE: November 1st at 8:40 p.m. PST
The same friend that I was talking about earlier, came back again later today and brought her daughter with her. She had all this extra food that she just blessed my father and I with. I was so humbled and thankful. I don't often talk about the difficulties in my life, because I would rather foster an attitude of gratitude and be thankful for the many, many blessings that God has given to me.
However, this practical act of love was amazing. So now our cupboard and freezer is comletely stocked. There are lots of things that I can bring with me to work, to give me that needed protein boost during the day.
I find that for my body, protein is a necessity throughout the day to keep me going. So it'll be interesting to see how things change at work, because I'm making sure that my body and health are a top priority first while still keeping my goal of paying down debt and saving money at the forefront.