INDEED! We are the champions of our households. We are working towards having financially stable homes, full pantries and a sustainable future. That is what we do!
We live as simply as possible, we re-use and re-cycle, we keep neat homes, we plan and prepare.
We all know (or should) that having huge amounts of money is not what makes you happy. If it were, we wouldn't hear of so many bad relationships and self loathing and destructive behavior in Hollywood.
We know there is so much more to happiness. Our families, our friends, our Creator, stability, pets, love, home, etc. There is so much to be said about contentment. A content person is JUST HAPPY with what they have and thankful for all.
I am one that planned for this time in life (as well as I/we could). I am thankful to have only utility bills, insurance and taxes for the most part. I live on very little money. I really think people would be amazed at how little I spend. It isn't really because I have to - I just see no need to spend all willy-nilly. I have all I need. It enables me to help others when necessary.
Sure I will spend when I find something that really would fit in my home and needs. I do allow for wants as well - I just don't want much.
You can't totally deprive yourself or you will hate living a frugal life. You have to give in once in a while. Buy that pretty bauble or that new piece of furniture. You can buy those treats or go out to eat once in a while. Then you won't feel like you are struggling or just surviving. Being frugal doesn't mean you can't still ENJOY life! Quite the contrary - it often times gives you the ability to do fun things.
Treat everything you have as something special. A blessing. There are so many in the world - that can't imagine living like you do. You are rich in their eyes. You know what? You are rich!!!
Those who are blessed with decent health, family, friends, great memories, food, a bed, etc. ARE RICH! You woke up this morning! You have been given another day. Yep, that is pretty special.
I have a very small home - not in the best area - BUT I have a home
I have decent, clean clothes, most bought at yard sales/thrift - BUT I have clothes
I have a pantry and I am quite flexible with food prep. It doesn't have to be fancy - BUT I have nourishment
I have the love of family, friends and pets - what more do I need
I need nothing fancy. Cost/spending doesn't mean I have less. I am good. You are too. You are blessed.
Many of us have been preparing for this for years. Some are new to preparing. It is all good - because we are all working in the right direction. Taking care of our families in the event that IT hits the fan. We will be OK. We can make do, compromise, be flexible and adjust. We have a community here that helps us. We encourage one another and that is wonderful. We share ideas and we all learn new things.
Don't stress - don't panic - quit being fearful. We can do this!
I keep thinking how good the governments of the world would be if they just let us frugal divas work on their budgets!!!!! It sure would be better. We wouldn't be spending more than we have - we would sell off all the trivial crap to pay off debt, we would work hard at being self sufficient, we'd make a budget and stick to it.
A lot of unnecessary people would lose jobs, the rest would take pay cuts and live on the same insurance and means as they rest of the folks, and they'd be grounded for a long, long time!!!!!! LOL
So gals, just know if you hit a rough spot or have a failure not all is lost. There are no real mistakes, just new learning opportunities. Just get up and start again. Reset and go forward. Circumstances in life change and many times we have to restart for various reasons. We have this.
Dust off that tiara and put it on nice and straight and march forward in all your glory! You deserve to. Never lose faith!!
WE are the CHAMPIONS!!!!
Prayer in today's paper:
O God, sometimes we just need to start over. Help us to begin again. Help us toward the good future you seek to give us.