My diet and exercise has really taught me about daily budgeting. The concepts are spilling over financially as well. My husband is a big help too. He's got it going on, I just need to follow his lead more.
Today I was particularly impressed by someone's blog today. There's things she wants and she just completely re-budgeted to get the personal training she so desires.
How awesome is that? Who has time for TV anyway? We gave up satellite about 3 years ago. Don't miss it. Not. One. Bit. And I used to LOVE tv. I even went into it as a career for awhile and majored in broadcast journalism. But meh. What can I say? We grow, we change... it's all good. But I digress.
I've always admired people who follow a budget strictly. There's a lot to be said about their integrity and living life to the fullest. Being able to acquire and do the things that matter. Experiences, etc. In fact, we do more experience for Christmas than gifts. So I have to give ourselves props there. Our material tradition is to make our own glass ornaments at Orbix each year. We get a beautiful piece of art and we have fun doing it.
|December 2010. Westley didn't hold his very high for the pic but you can see it there at the bottom, red & black were his colors that year. Last year he had a giraffe motif. Can't wait to see what he picks tomorrow.|
|That's Buttercup making hers. December 2011.|
The year before we did Adventures Advent Style by trying something new each day. Usually a trail we've never hiked or other activity.
|Visiting the canyon 2010.|
|Hiking Powell Trail 2010.|
|dear Shine, so sweet|
So, back to budgeting. The point is, we have to get creative to get the things we want out of life by not getting caught in any traps that makes our money just pay credit card bills (and subsequently not remembering what it was all for). That's no fun. It's all in the loving and prioritizing. Do what you love. And when love and fun are in the priority list, everything else falls in place.
So thankful for a healthy doggies, healthy family, work that provides, an upcoming CSA membership (budgeted, yay!), friends that like to meet for hikes and having tea, healthy food, and exercise. Life is good.