Massage Therapy

I have always wanted to be a massage therapist since, I was a teen but I did not believe it would be lifelong career.  I like giving massages, but after a few hours my thumbs would start to hurt so I did not believe that I would be able to make a career out of it.   Then my sister told me that they teach you to use more than your thumbs, and since then the thought of becoming a massage therapist has been sitting on the back burner.  But, I have recently decided to check it out because that could bring in a good income part-time to help my debt snowball, and someday turn my dream into my business. So I checked out a few schools, and submitted my application, and I have to say I am totally nervous because a lot of ducks are going to have to line up for this to happen.  The biggest is finding an affordable (translation: dirty cheap, reliable, and trustworthy) babysitter for my kids while I am in evening classes that will fit my budget, debt snowball, and allow me to cash flow my school.  But, I believe that if God is going to open this door then He is going to line all the ducks up in a perfect row.  Praying for wisdom and guidance as I walk through decision, but knowing God has my back is priceless.

Add a comment March 17, 2014
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Weekend

I believe my weekend was pretty productive.  I got my garden build , my farmhouse table are most done (drill ran out of my juice), worm compost setup, watched a season of Murder, She Wrote in and read two books.   I did not give out on my bike ride today, but I did get an amazing peaceful relaxing night ride last night.  It was better than jumping in the swimming pool on those 120 degree days, with the cool breeze against my skin.

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12 by 2, me trying to maximum my cubic feet

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About 70 worms went in garden, and the 230 in the compost bin.

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Almost done, building my farmhouse table…..Thank you, Ana White

The best part to the day, teaching my kids about the worms.  At first, they were not going to touch them but then as I showed them digging into the garden they thought they were pretty cool.   They spent the rest of the day checked on the worms, it was funny.  I just hope that the birds do not eat my worms.

 

3 comments March 16, 2014
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I Want Chick-Fil-A

I had the choice to go to Chick-Fil-A with a friend, tonight, but since it is not in the budget……….I had to decline, but it was so hard.  Since this is generally, how we hang out-at Chick-Fil-A with our munchkins on family night.   I so wanted to go, and in the interest of full disclosure I did cave at the end of the conversation, but thank the Lord they had already eaten.   It was a hard decision but an easy one too, because there is a light at the end of the tunnel and a purpose for being in the tunnel.  Since, we were able to get home early, we were able to go riding again this evening, hooray.  It is was still pretty awesome, but bit harder.  Yesterday, I was zooming, even had to circle back a few times, but today felt like running a race.  I was wheezing and couching with that burning in my chest, telling my body it is too out of shape to be doing this.  I could not believe it.  Then, I was in college, I use to ride ten miles a day, so what happened?  Life, I got married, was poor, sold bike, marriage fell apart, then had munchkins, but now we are going to get back in the swing of things…….super excited.  Well, my brain is.  If the only fitness ability, I pass out to my munchkins is a love of ride then I will call it good.  So, that wraps up the day.

Add a comment March 13, 2014
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Bike Riding

This evening, I got to do something I have dreamed of doing since I was a kid.  I got to ride bikes with my family, and it was awesome.  As a kid growing up in my little town, there was this family that rode around town on their bikes and I always want to do that.  I tried a few years ago, to go riding out at the lake, but I soon discovered it is not a family friendly place.  My youngest screamed the whole time in the child’s seat, the oldest stopped every few inches to whine, no one slowed down and few people said hateful things.  I discovered that amateurs should not go to the lake for anything: biking, running, walking, etc. But, I am happy to say that we have a wonderful place to ride now, and starting tomorrow, I will be riding a few miles before work, now to find a safe way to ride to work.

Add a comment March 12, 2014
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Growing up….Ramsey Style

For a long time, I wanted to make more money, “To buy things, I cannot afford, to impress people, I do not like,” like Dave Ramsey says.  Now, I want to make more money to pay off my debt and save.  I started Dave Ramsey get out of debt plan last month, and my kids started Dave Ramsey’s Junior Financial Peace.   I am currently on baby step 1, saving a 1,000 dollar emergency fund.  I decided for my situation 2,000 would be better so I am working on that.  I have my debt snowball plan, with my current income it can be paid off in seven years, but I am praying about, what I can do to increase my income with the smallest out-of-pocket expense that allows me the freedom to be at home with my kids as much as possible.  I am super excited, I plan to have all my non-student loan debt paid off by the end of the year, and then hopefully, have the student loans paid off within the next four years.  I am so excited, I just want to tell everyone to jump on board with Dave Ramsey’s financial freedom plan.

Now, if you are not a Dave Ramsey fan, just keep listening, because at first he just annoyed me. Probably, because I know I could do so much better and have nothing to show for all that debt.  And, I thought he was kinda mean, but then I started listening to his testimony and it is powerful.  He says, he was stupid with six digits on the end of it, but what he said that ultimate turned the light on was: If you owned a corporation called Me Incorporated would you fired you for the way you are handling the company money, and it is not your money but God’s (you are His manager, just like our children are only on loan).   The light was are low then I heard the first comment, then flipped on bright after the second comment in both my financial walk and my mom walk (but that is another post).

Now, the hard part sticking to the budget and being patient because like usually I want to hurry up and be on baby step 7, but that will come and what an amazingly beautiful learning experience it is going to be. 

 

 

Baby Steps 

1. $1,000 In An Emergency Fund
2. Pay Off All Debt With The Debt Snowball
3. 3 To 6 Months Expenses In Savings
4. Invest 15% Of Income Into Roth IRAs And Pre-Tax Retirement Plans
5. College Funding
6. Pay Off Your Home Early
7. Build Wealth And Give!

4 comments March 12, 2014
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New theme

I have been away from my blog for several months, so thought it deserved a new theme.  What a lovely theme too supporting one of my favorite holiday, Valentines Day.    I know you cannot believe Valentine’s Day is one of a single girls favorite holidays, but it is.  I love this holiday.  A holiday that celebrates loves, what more can you ask for but Christmas and Easter.

2 comments March 11, 2014

Closure Day

So today, I was visiting family and it was totally weird. It was like I did not even belong there. I do not know how to describe it, but I tried to analysis it all the way home. The only that came to mind is the movie A Wonderful Life, where the guy is shown what the world would be without him. I, however, felt like I was in wrong place all day like then you first meet the boyfriend’s parents. Like an intruder on a private family moment, my munchkins were having a great time so I could not bolt like the runaway bride. I guess even through this distance has been building for a long, it came to a head two weeks ago. I should have just left it a lone, but I feel like I have closure after today, so I guess that was the meaning of today.

Add a comment November 2, 2013

Love my Apple, but they had to go

I sold my iPad 2 and my iPad mini today for two reasons: first, I spent way to much time on them wasting brain cells and second I did need the money for my up and coming move. And, honestly, I am not the least bit sad, upset or regretful, I am glad the temptation is gone. Now, if I can just get rid of the iPod and television, I would definitely be more active and have a lot better family time.

5 comments October 28, 2013

Awesomely Blessed Day

What an awesomely blessed day today is. I have installed a negative thought detector so negative thoughts send off warning signs to get Satan deceitfully lies out of my head. So far, God has enabled me to chase those horribly negative thoughts off, and I am so excited. I have been reading Joyce Meyer book Change Your Words, Change your Life over the last few weeks and it is an amazing book. I am one of those enthusiastic dorky people who even the smallest thing (like my friend giving me M&Ms) gives me great joy. However, somewhere over the years, I have learned to bury sharing that joy, and instead, showing the world what I perceive those around me except me to be out of fear (fear of rejection). But in reading Joyce’s book, I have begun sharing the joy with those around me, and today, a faced my world with the all blessings of God and a big sweetpea smile braces and all. 🙂

I will not live in fear derived from Satan’s deceit anymore. Joyce says, “We are energized by positive words and weakened by negative ones. Words can make us angry or they can calm us down; therefore, they must have power” (Page 6). A word or words can change the course of our lives. As I look back over my life, I can see how just a few words changed the whole course of my life. Do you remember when the book The Prayer of Jabez first came out in the 90s? One of the few parts, I read stated that we should pray for blessings, which at the time I though selfish. Joyce says basically the same thing in her book. I remember thinking the first time, I read Change Your Words, Change your Life and thought what if I am not blessed. But, blessing are not always this big huge thing. God blesses us in so many different way throughout the day from M&Ms to a card to a simple smile from a strangler. We just need to see through God’s eyes, so we do not miss them. Today, is an awesomely blessed day.

Add a comment August 26, 2013
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Blessing of Friendships

Friday night, I had a conversation that ended badly.  I did not know how badly until about an hour ago, however, instead of being sad or angry or throwing a poor me party, I was able to stop and see even through I lost (the friendship end) a friend, what a huge blessing that friend and their family was been on me.  Regardless of how the friendship ended, I have truly been blessed and those blessings will go with me throughout my life.  I have learned: how to be more positive on the outside, thankful, truly began to love with prejudice, letting go, being less prideful, and faith.  I am sad but mainly joyful because I have learned so much over the last year.  God has blessed me through the people He has placed in my life.  Friday night as I drove home, I asked God why I cannot have that friend that you are best friends with through your whole life and knows you inside and outside and He did not answer directly.  I already knew the answer, when I have a dear friend, I tend to go to the phone instead of the throne.  I mean God is that friend.  He knows me inside and outside including the number of hairs on my head.  He brings the people into my life for reason if and then they leave is He’s plan, too.  God is always here and knows the desires of my heart and I do not have to wonder, if I follow Him, He will give me the desires of my heart.  “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.”  Psalm 37:4 NKJV  And, even through the friendship is ended they are carried in my heart, because they were in my path for a reason.  Again, the God’s hand guiding me, I am going to remember my blessings and forget any negative feelings that Satan will use to deceive me with.

Add a comment August 25, 2013
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