Three Things Thursday

I missed last Thursday, so, evidently, Three Things Thursday is not yet a thing.  I’ll get there, though.  I hope!

sky 2012

1.  Starting a business, starting a blog, running a home all while being busier than ever at your real job is very hard.  Rewarding, but hard.  I’m so tired.  And I really hope nothing’s falling through the cracks. Oh yeah, something is…working out.  It’s too hot for that anyways?

2.  I love to read and go through spurts where I devour book after book relentlessly until I burn out.  Then I don’t read for weeks until something piques my interest.  I’m craving books right now, but cannot squeeze another minute out of my day.  I do, however, sit in my car at least two hours a day which leaves prime time for listening.  I can only take so much radio and songs played endlessly.  For a while I was listening to Dave Ramsey on iHeartRadio and Jillian Michaels’ podcast on iTunes.  Still love them both, but I needed a break.  I started listening to Dave Ramsey’s daughter’s book, Smart Money, Smart Kids.  I got it free for pre-ordering the hard back.  Loved it.  Loved listening to it.  Then I took a free trial of Audible to listen to The One & Only by Emily Griffin.  Now I’m “reading” Nora Roberts’ The Collector.  It’s not quite as good as reading the words, but it’s satisfying my need to keep my mind going all. the. time.  My main complaint, though, is the expense!  I was downloading books from my library through Overdrive last summer and was able to read all summer for free.  Audible is $14.95 plus tax for 1 book a month.  After I’m finished with this one I have until July before I can get another!  I don’t even know what I’m going to do with myself!  (Side note, follow me on Goodreads.  I’m trying really hard to keep it updated better than I have been.)

3.  We’re getting into Texas summer, which means beautifully long, productive days, sunshine, bright blue skies with big fluffy clouds, and heat.  I love three of the things listed.  Can you guess which ones they are?  (My Jeep declared the temperature as 101 when I got in it to leave the real job yesterday afternoon.  It wasn’t, I guess my Jeep is preparing me for the days ahead.  Bring it, I guess….)

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Living Intentionally

I’ve not really lived my life up to the recent past with intention. I’ve been very blessed to stumble my way into a very comfortable position. I did realize last year, however, that this lifestyle was not the best, and definitely wouldn’t lead my daughter to an intentional lifestyle.
Failure to plan is planning for failure.
So I’ve taken steps this year to begin living my life with intention. I do want to create a better life for my family and myself. The only way to spring us forward is to plan.
Budgeting

I found Dave Ramsey last year and was drawn to his methods and teaching. My favorite part is his instruction to give every dollar a name; to spend it on purpose, on paper, before the month begins. For the last year I’ve been doing that. I may sometimes be a little off in my planning, but I definitely have a much better sense of how I’m spending my money. And he’s so right, I feel like I’ve gotten a raise since I know what I’ve got and what I can spend. I no longer feel guilty about purchasing a pair of shoes or new makeup, because I planned for it ahead of time and know my bills will be taken care of. I’m being more proactive about spending, instead of being reactionary.

Planner

Whitney English Day Designer

I also found this beautiful Day Designer on Etsy. I can directly attribute the idea for my design business to the forms at the beginning. They forced me to examine aspects of myself and my dreams that opened my mind to the possibilities of developing and running my own business. Each day has so many opportunities for me to double check the direction my day is taking to make sure I’m working towards my larger goals. This planner is the epitome of intentional living and I’m in love with it.

Meal Planning

For more than a year now I’ve used Deliciously Organic’s meal plans to plan my dinners. Then, I found the Gracious Pantry’s meal planning forms to help me with the rest of my meals. Because of these two tools, I’m able to plan breakfast, lunches, dinners and snacks that are healthy, balanced and use the foods I have on hand. Not only have a I been saving money at the grocery store, I’ve also been wasting less food, eating out less and losing weight.

This may all seem like a great deal of work, but it allows for a less cluttered mind and a life that, I feel, is moving forward. I’m setting an example for my daughter, hopefully, a good one!