Thursday, June 30, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
I should go on more solo dates, and maybe more dates with men in tuxedos. Seriously, how darling do those two look? Love it.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Because I am canceling my gym membership I have to get more creative about working out at home (tonight I got home at 8:45, by the time I sat down for 5 seconds I lost my motivation to go running outside, plus it is cold and dark). I ride my bike to and from work, but it isn't really a work out. So anyway, I found this on pinterest a few weeks ago and I have attempted it a few times, it is kind of kicking my tail, but at least it gets me off my booty without costing me money.
If anyone has some good inexpensive/free workouts please let me know!!
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Nonetheless, I have come up with some action steps to take this week.
- Draft actual budget.
- Cancel my gym membership.
- Change my CSA delivery to a small box every other week (I love my Farm Fresh to You box, but I throw a ton of it out. That is a waste of money and food.)
- Research zero percent APR cards I can roll my debt over to so that I can pay towards my actual debt not just the interest that it grows each month. (This might be tricky, but I got some offers for 15 months no interest. I might be able to roll over onto one of them and get most of it paid off, than roll the remaining amount before the interest hits. I got this idea from my sister and I think it is worth a try.) I am also going to see if I can find a rewards plan that better meets my needs.
- Research banks. Mine is great and I have had it for over 10 years. However, I get charged $6 every time I need to use another banks ATM.
- Memorize the principles in this video:
I feel like this is enough to take on in one week, next week there will be more.
Side note: I ran 4 miles overcoming my fear of not being able to run 2 again (I was doing 5 a day this time last year, so that is my overall goal); I still need to write those blogs for Sweet Notions; I got more craft stuff and I think I will be hosting a small craft party to help me get my creative energy flowing again so that I can make some stuff to sell.
Side note 2: I am very excited that my choice to take on my debt coincides with the season of free events in SF. FuncheapSF is about to get a ton of attention from me, as will Broke Ass Stuart.
Love to hear more feed back and ideas on how to get un-broke.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
I am so excited about this book! Mark has so many great things to say and I love ReImagine. I was on staff with them for a year, lead a group for a additional year, I have taught workshops with them and overall experienced amazing things as part of this community. Although I am not longer a member, this community has meant the world to me. I am excited about this book and hopeful for the ways people will learn more about living into the life God has created us for as exemplified through Jesus.
Check out the Book Launch Party tomorrow night 7pm at 455 Dolores Street. This event is going to be full of awesome people and I am excited to celebrate the work Mark has done to write it.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Fun fact: I have a sleep disorder and tonight I have to go to a fake hotel room so people can watch me sleep. They are going to put monitors all over my face and chest and legs, and watch me sleep. Then they are going to tell me why I don't sleep well (but seriously, they just put wires all over me and they want me to relax and sleep well??) Anyway it is kind of creepy, but I am doing it so I can be healthy.
Fun fact (this one actually is fun): You can purchase the image above on etsy. :)
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
- Meister Eckhart
I have been thinking allot lately about how my fear of failing is preventing me from really doing what I most desperately want to do. I write posts that are never published, play with the idea of selling art again, wish that I was running more but get frustrated that I am so out of shape that I can only run 2 miles and end up skipping the run.
Funny thing I never thought of myself someone that was afraid of anything. I have done so many things that other people think of as brave, but for a while now I have been holding back and I am not sure what I am afraid of loosing or even what I am afraid of in general, but I am becoming more aware that inaction is scarier than doing something.
So, here I go again. I will be spending time trying to figure out what action I want to take. I might start with the little fears: actually post some art for sale on my etsy site, and finally submit the blog posts I committed to write months ago for Sweet Notions.
On a bigger scale: I am going to figure out a way to get out of debt, even if that means facing my fear of a boring un-fashionable life in which I have to feel like I have to let people down because my budget doesn't let me say yes to everything. To be honest I think this is my biggest fear: that I can't live a life that will get me out of debt and that if I try to get out of debt I will fail. I am afraid can't be responsible enough to pay things off, and that if I do create a budget I will stop having fun, my clothes will all magically go out of style overnight (never mind the fact most of my dresses where made over 30 years ago), and that people will stop wanting to hang out with me if I keep insisting that we eat in and go on walks, hikes, and bike rides.
However, I am realizing that the thing that is even scarier than debt is how debt limits me. It is so much harder to be generous and seek out opportunities to serve when I have to think so much about money. Despite all my chatter about how messed up our consumer economy is I have bought in more than I can afford and it is time for me to pay up.
Wow, that was one scary confession, but I am hoping that because this is a blog that is supposed to talk about simplicity it will be a good space for me to share and hear from others about my journey towards a debt free life.
If you have any advice please feel free to comment. I am hoping that along with continuing to share posts about all the places I shop, I will also be posting about creating a livable budget.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
quote source- Sojourners Voice and Verse Daily Email
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Yet, as much as I love all of these things the pursuit of my Creator is infinitely more enjoyable. It is as if for the past few days (or, lets be honest: years) God has been whispering to me that even when I want to walk He was in this and He wasn't going anywhere. In the past few weeks I feel that God is saying that these things I have hoped for God has promised me, just not yet so I need to trust just a bit longer, even while I wrestle with the desire to make it all happen now. The presence of God stirring up something in my life these days is more beautiful than I can really say and I am excited about it.
Come, Thou Fount
Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of Thy redeeming love.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood;
How His kindness yet pursues me
Mortal tongue can never tell,
Clothed in flesh, till death shall loose me
I cannot proclaim it well.
O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.