One of my favorite quotes is by Zig Ziglar, who said, “If you want to change some things in your life, you have to change some things in your life.” When I first heard it, it seemed ridiculous because everyone knows that, but when you think about it, there’s genius in it because so many times we wish for things to be different, but we refuse to change. We want a better finances, but instead of following a budget, getting a second job, using coupons or selling some of our things, we wish to win the lottery. We want a better body, but rather than creating a fitness plan, we wish we didn’t love doughnuts, chips or ice cream. Our house is a wreck, and we want it to be a place of peace and comfort, but instead of creating a plan that will get us there, we blame our messy family and wish we could afford better furniture or a maid. It took me a long time to figure it out, but life doesn’t work that way.
Simple but not always easy
If we want change in our lives, we have to change what we do or how we do it. It’s that simple, but it isn’t always easy, or at least it seems that way in the beginning. Take finances for example. My husband and I have been fans of Dave Ramsey for some time. We bought Financial Peace University a few years before our oldest son entered college. By following his simple but not always easy steps, we changed our financial life. At the time we made about $70,000 yearly but had $36,000 in credit card debt. Within thirty days, we made back what we paid for the course. Within 90 days, we had a $1,000 emergency fund, and within two years, we paid off all of our credit cards and began saving for college. Our oldest son graduated with zero loan debt from college and our middle son is over halfway through college without debt . Was it easy? Some days, no, but it was definitely worth it and easier than watching our children struggle financially. Besides, we learned sound financial principles and taught them to our children at the same time. That’s a win-win for sure
Changing perspective changes everything
One of the most difficult changes I made was learning how to take care of a home. I don’t use the word hate often, but I hated to clean. I didn’t see the point of cleaning. It never ended and wasn’t fun, and when I did clean, I was not pleasant. In fact, the more I cleaned, the angrier I got, and Heaven help anyone who dared to upset me even more while I was cleaning. With that attitude, is it any wonder no one in my family ever offered to help? They would do what I shamed or screamed at them to do, but it was not pleasant, ever. Then I found FlyLady and Pam Young. These ladies taught me about changing my attitude and perspective about cleaning, and I can never repay them. The amazing part is that I’ve never met either one, but, they gave me simple way to change my home, my life and my relationship with my family.
More changes to make
While I’ve made great strides in both of those areas of my life, one area I’m still learning to master is taking care of my body. I know what to do, but I am still learning. You see, I love some of the foods that now make my body feel bad when I eat them. It’s time to change my diet, for good. If you’ve been following my blog over the past few weeks, you know I’ve been reading The Twelve Week Year, and it’s helping me make those changes in my life. I’ll be sharing some of them in the newsletter that will go to subscribers of the blog. It will include invitations to special promotions and freebies in the upcoming months to improve all aspects of our lives. Part of the goal of the newsletter will be to help everyone have the best possible last quarter/holiday season possible. I am so excited to do this with a group of like-minded people who want to have fun, stay sane and enjoy the holidays more than they ever have.
Making change easier
One of the most important things I’ve learned through the process of improving my life is that change isn’t as scary as we make it in our heads. By making it big and scary and overwhelming, we give ourselves permission to be angry and self-sabotaging. We fight out best life at every turn and blame other people or circumstances for our failure. It doesn’t have to be that way. Over the next few months I will share the best tips I have for living happier and with more joy through the holidays and beyond. While this time of year used to be my most challenging, it’s now become my favorite time to enjoy every day as much as possible. My goal for everyone is to live happily through the holidays and get to the New Year feeling better about their finances, home and body than they ever have. The steps will be simple and as easy as I can make them. I’ll include affordable and fun gift ideas, healthy and delicious recipes and tips to get your home holiday ready spending less than 15 minutes per day.
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