Monday, March 28, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
So what do you think? Should I start the Lent posts back up tomorrow or should I just figure that I'm not meant to do these kinds of posts???
Friday, March 11, 2011
Pray: Praying for comfort, strength, healing, and hope for the people in Japan.
Fast: I'm fasting two meals today and adding to the totals from my two meals to the Give jar.
Give: I will be giving $40 to help the efforts in Japan.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Pray: Pray for a spiritual experience during this week. And the strength to recognize it and use it in your life.
Fast: Give up TV for at least today. Consider giving it up for the next 39 days.
Give: Find a container for putting loose change in. Place at least one dollar a day for the next 39 days for giving to a charity of your choice.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
So I'm going to try it again.
Anyway, so every day, I'll discuss what I'm going to do in terms of prayer/mediation/etc., fasting/sacrificing and giving for that day.
I'm also going to use this Lenten period as a time to focus on the 7 Areas of Wellness (Remember this post?) For the next 40 days, this is what I'm going to do in each of the Seven Areas of Wellness:
1. Emotional - Write in my journal every day.
2. Environmental - Walk or bike whenever possible for the next 40 days. Including grocery shopping.
3. Intellectual - Read a book each week for the next 6 weeks.
4. Physical - Jog six days a week and eat only whole foods.
5. Social - Sign up for a class through Parks and Rec or the community college of something non-academic that interests me.
6. Spiritual - Learn more about meditation.
7. Vocational - Send a resume, job application or network five days a week for the next 6 weeks to try and find another source of income.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Things have been better in the last year. I've got a new daycare child and Mr. Simple got a different job. But yet, despite the extra money, we still aren't exactly rolling in it. I'm still frugal because I want to be AND because we have to be.
And despite wanting to be simple and despite trying to eat healthy, I'm just getting worn out from feeling like we can never go out to eat. Or go to a movie. Or get something that I want/need, something that is even less than $50, just on a whim.
We just got our tax return. Great, right? Ugh. I swear, it just makes me more depressed sometimes because it looks great sitting in the account, but then when I sit down and write all the checks for all of the medical and dental bills (and we even had health and dental insurance for the whole family last year!) that we owe, the return gets A LOT smaller. Then, we desperately need to finish the carpet job that we started last year. And I did get the kids a small thing that they wanted, and I got myself some workout clothes. And poof! It is gone.
And the REALLY depressing thing? Even after writing a bunch of checks for medical and dental bills, we STILL won't be able to pay it all off. Hopefully we will finish paying them all off completely in the next six months, but UGH.
I know I'm not alone in all of this. And as I was talking to my mom the other day, I know that in some ways, we are doing really well. We aren't upside-down in our house or anything. If we sold it right now, we would make a profit. We pay cash for everything. We are basically out of debt except for the mortgage. We have a place to live, we have transportation, we have clothes, we have food.
But sometimes, it would be nice to go out and buy something. And not have to worry about it.