Life with three (my boys) is busy. Kids get sick, kids wake up through the night, kids eat lots and need lots of love and care, kids challenge you like you've never imagine, kids argue, kids make huge messes, kids make you mad, kids make your heart rip apart when they get hurt...
Multiply that by three...
I wouldn't change it for the world, and I would have more in a heartbeat, but I do still need to squeeze in some time for "me", never mind poor hubbie who gets whatever leftovers are to be had.
Me time is getting outside usually but when my second choice which can be much warmer and drier this time of year is reading, I could read all day every day if given the chance!
This past week I have been intrigued by a book that doesn't sound the least bit juicy, it's called
Your Money or Your Life .
It's about take a brutally honest look at your spending and why/how you spend. It's about living debt free and only buying what you need. These last few months of building Birch Hill we have cut back on so many extras and they've hardly been missed. I have been shocked that how little savings here and there can add up. Hubbie has also done huge amounts of overtime as we have a couple more frivolous goals in minds but all in all it's the frugality that's given us a bump and a wee stash in savings.
I've got to boogie on some chores this morning so I will leave you with a small write up taken directly from the Your Money or Your Life web page:
This is one of those books I wish I had read ten years ago when I was kid-free, had more earning potential and spent less wisely. Most likely I wouldn't have been ready for it anyways...oh the power of hindsight!
Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin took back their lives by gaining control of their money. They both gave up successful -- and stressful -- careers in order to live more deliberately and meaningfully. Now, in this inspiring and empowering book, they explain their nine-step program that shows you how to:
- get out of debt and develop savings
- reorder material priorities and live well for less
- resolve inner conflicts between values and lifestyles
- convert problems into opportunities to learn new skills
- attain a wholeness of livelihood and lifestyle
- save the planet while saving money
- and much more
WHY READ THIS BOOK?
Ask yourself these questions:
- Do you have enough money?
- Are you spending enough time with your family and friends?
- Do you come home from your job full of life?
- Do you have time to participate in things you believe are worthwhile?
- If you were laid off from your job, would you see it as an opportunity?
- Are you satisfied with the contribution you have made to the world?
- Are you at peace with money?
- Does your job reflect your values?
- Do you have enough savings to see you through six months of normal living expenses?
- Is your life whole? Do all the pieces -- your job, your expenditures, your relationships, your values -- fit together?
If you answered "no" to even one of these questions, this book is for you.
You can buy the book easily from my left sidebar Chapters/Indigo link. all commissions go to World Vision. Hope you get the chance to snuggle up with a book today.