Good Weekend to you! Wherever you are on this earth I hope you will get some quiet moments to enjoy this life that is so short. Whether today is filled with house chores, work, or traveling adventures I hope this piece of reading material is a small highlight of your day.
Two Things That I Have Learned This Week
1. Showing up for life is about resting and waiting as much as it is to show up and do. Life knocked the mess out of me with neuro issues a bit over a week ago and healing is going a bit slow. Snail-pace slow. I will get back up, but this time it is taking a longer than usual. I a wish I could say I am at peace with that but I’m not. I am frustrated with the amount of “rest” that is needed. To counter my frustrations, I am learning to be grateful that I have the opportunity to heal and ask God for more strength each day.
2. Learning to let go means actually letting go. I am learning that just because I say the words does not mean my heart has heard it. It means to emotionally and physically detach myself from toxic relationships. Lesson learned the hard way.
Scripture For Strength
“She equips herself with strength ( spiritual, mental, and physical fitness for her God-given task) and makes her arms strong. Proverbs 31:17 Amplified
Two Tips For You
1.Frugal Money: I brought my electric bill from $145 in May 2017 to $62.00 April 2018. That is $83.00 shaved off and I will share how you can do it too! Unplug all appliances that are not in use ( I did not unplug the stove). Turn off excess lights, unplug electronic devices etc…, check with your electric company for peak hours. Dry your clothes on an indoor rack or outside ( if permitted). If the clothes did not dry completely use the dryer during off-peak hours and dry for about 20 minutes. I used my oven and stove during peak hours because we need to eat supper and we do not own a microwave. So all meals during the day are warmed via the stove or oven and we still managed to bring our bill down. Use natural light as much as possible. This one seems obvious at first, but you won’t realize how often we flip the light switch when we just forgot to open the curtains/blinds. It might seem excessive at first but you will get used to it.
2. Make Your Own Coffee Creamer
Milk/Plant Milk ( I like almond milk, rice milk is too watery)
In a small saucepan heat your milk/plant milk on the stove over low-medium heat.
Add Honey and Sugar.
The honey gives the creamer a syrupy texture like a fancy drink. Be careful not to put too much sugar because the honey is also sweet.
Stir until hot then add to coffee.
I like to make my creamer daily, I have not stored it in the refrigerator.
Tip: Make the creamer while you brew your coffee so that they will both be piping hot.
There are no measurements because it’s up to you how sweet/creamy you like your coffee. I have not purchased coffee creamer in almost 2 years! Enjoy!
Your Mini Challenge
Put kindness at the top of your to-do list this weekend. Practice a soft answer, kind listening or acting with kindness. Expect nothing in return, not even a thank you.
Be kind to just be kind. If you’re in for a major challenge, do it with a smile. Trust me, if your heart is right no one can take away your kindness.
Let it be genuine and create enormous change in your life and someone’s day.
Going Deep Discussion:
I have made it no secret that my husband and I enjoy living a frugal life. Not only is it a way of life but it is becoming easier each time we meet financial goals. One day when we reach financial independence, I always imagined getting my fancy shoes on and going to the grocery store and fill the cart while not looking at the prices, checking out and letting the total price go unheard. Now, that sounds like a nightmare. Man, now I need to rewrite my financial independence goals! Argh. Leave it to buying on sale or in bulk for a long time to see that dream go up in a rancid smoke.
Well, we were enjoying this frugal ride and then April hit. I sure hope these April showers bring some pretty May flowers. April is not over yet, but we have had the laptop give signs that it will be dead and while the burial is fresh the washer machine will soon follow. Add to that the dreaded hospital bills. I don’t look forward to being on the phone with the billing department going over every charge, but that is what frugal folk do. Although a family lives frugally does not mean that we are exempt from having Murphy’s Law happen to us. If anything it makes it easier to process because the budget is blueprinted in your mind and the savings help cover costs, but a part of me still racks up the dollar amount as a headache.
Does the word frugal bug or excite you?
What is the hardest thing you feel about living frugally? How was April for you?