This is one of those posts that come straight from the heart. I don’t write it to gain sympathy or even advice, but to keep myself honest. Honest with you and honest with myself.
Even though this isn’t an easy post to write, I promised myself when I started this blog that I would always be honest, and I don’t intend to break that promise now.
I’ve been struggling. Struggling with frugality, struggling with making time for God, and struggling with balancing the priorities in my life. Busyness and laziness have gotten me to this point, for sure.
I think the struggle started about this time last year, when we moved. For a month we were staying at my dad’s house, and then when we moved into our fixer-upper, it was still in such disarray, it was hard to put a routine into place.
About that time, things really took off with my blog, making my life even busier. I also had to redo our budget, because our expenses changed with the move. I worked on our budget at times, but I never got it to the point where I was following it completely.
Frugality is often a trade between time and money, and time wasn’t something I had a lot of. Busyness.
On top of that, when I did have free time, I didn’t want to do anything. As an introvert, I need time to recharge. But I took a little too much time. Laziness.
I’m not making excuses. All of this was fully in my control. I could have said no to opportunities. I could have taken less time to recharge. But I didn’t.
So now I’m making a commitment to get back on the frugal wagon, and to take time with the Lord on a daily basis. In some ways, I’m forced to. The blogging business has slowed considerably during the last few months, making cuts in the budget necessary. Homeschooling, though adding to the busyness in my life, forces me to be at home more often. And when I’m home, I don’t spend money. And I have the time and opportunity to do things like line dry my laundry and cook from scratch.
How frugal one can be has a lot to do with routine. The routine of planning meals. The routine of clipping coupons. The routine of planning ahead. It’s time for me to get back into a routine.
So I’m publicly making two commitments for this week to kick off my new routine.
1. I’m going to spend time with the Lord every morning, before I turn the computer on.
2. By the end of the week, I’m going to open YNAB, my favorite budgeting program, and revamp the budget. It needs it. Desperately.
Again, I don’t want sympathy, and I’m not making excuses. I’m keeping myself honest. Nobody is perfect, and often the key to success is recognizing failure and learning from it. And that’s what I’m planning to do with this experience.
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