Living Well Spending Less

Life has been weird lately; I can’t really pin point what it is, but I feel like I’m constantly on the struggle bus & being pulled in a million different directions. My life raft is losing air and I’m kicking, kicking, kicking, but I’m barely making it to the surface.

After a particularly horrible day with Paisley, I bought this book, Living Well Spending Less, by Ruth Soukup. I laughed through the first 30 pages, because Ruth described me to a T. It was like she was talking to me, about me.

I have been thinking a lot about starting to blog again – I know, I’ve said this a few times before. But one of the things I’ve figured out recently is that while I might wake up early to work out & get a little reading in, that is the only “me” time I get, and it’s not fulfilling me like I want. I love working out, don’t get me wrong, and I will continue to do so for as long as I can during this pregnancy. But I need more – I don’t know how I’m going to possibly fit blogging into my day, but I am.

I actually do enjoy writing; I find it to be therapeutic. I don’t always have these super deep thoughts, with super deep meaning. But my thoughts are my own, and I think putting them down will be good for me (and scary because this IS a public forum).

The author issued this challenge at the end of Part One: Secret #3 –

“Spend some time thinking about your dreams and passions. What is it that you love to do most of all? What makes you jump out of bed in the morning, or rush home from work just so you can have a little more time for it. If you could do only one thing right now, what would it be? Is there something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t quite gathered the nerve to try?

Next spend some time listening to the whispers of holy discontentment in your life. Is there something in your life that isn’t quite right? Do you have a feeling you are on the wrong path? What would it take to make a change?

Finally, consider your own gifts & talents. What are your real areas of expertise? What are you good at? What do you most enjoy? What is your sweet spot?
Ignite that spark within you and give yourself permission to try, to leap in with both feet, even if it means risking failure.” -Ruth Soukup, Living Well Spending Less

fail by default

Ruth issues a challenge at the end of every “secret.” I’m going to be blogging through those challenges over the next few weeks, I think. That’s the plan anyways.

But for now, I have to go, Paisley just woke up – It’s time to get our day started.

Until next time,


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