…digits, a list, quotes.
(Quest to write posts with numbers to ten in the title…complete)
If you’re a parent then you may remember with the arrival of each child to your family, you stopped to count 10 fingers and 10 toes. Perfect, you thought if all digits were present. Life would proceed without another care.
As I write this post, I recall 30 years ago I was pregnant with my first child, we were about to move into our first purchased home, and all the stars were aligned. While we shot for the stars, our rocket took a few turns…now that Hubster and I are back here on Earth those sweet fingers and toes are grown and flying their own vessels for the stars. For parents who may be experiencing their first empty nest…
I am trying to save money for a large ticket item. For now, the item is a secret, but it is my goal not to touch my savings account in order to make this purchase. I consider myself somewhat frugal as my Depression Era parents instilled this in me. The most difficult part of saving is not spending, especially when driving by Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, or Home Goods. I hear them calling my name from the side of the road.
At my age, I should know how to save, but when considering the type of money I am working towards…I sought expert advice…no, not my financial advisor (that would cost money)…the internet. I Googled saving money and the blogs that popped up were plenty…some “scammish” with loads of affiliate ads to click or “slide-show” through or some wanted me to buy their book. Although I haven’t bought into any books or clicked on any ads, I did join a 5 day “no spend challenge” through this blog And then we saved. (I am not affiliated with this blog and haven’t officially read through all the content, but I think it is more about getting out of debt and then saving money. Update: I just received an email from this blog to buy a course…not my thing, just trying to spend less and save, so I apologize if you go and get an email.)
I am day two into the “no spend challenge” and I’d be lying if I said I haven’t spent any money in the last two days because I had to go to the grocery store and I used my Nordstrom gift cards from my birthday and Christmas (technically not my money). Day two of the challenge asked me to write a list of 10 things for which I am grateful. Here is my list:
The most interesting thing about the list is when I consider only two of the things of the ten listed involve spending money (home ownership and some life experiences)…I think the message of this challenge was to note money is not your happiness.
Today, I head back to school for teacher preparation. It is the tenth year of my second career. My first-day jitters are not what they were 10 years ago. Experience is a wonderful thing, but no child is the same so while expectations remain high I know I have to be ready for the unexpected. It is the unforeseen which sets the anxiety in motion. The interesting thing about noting my fear of the unknown is I constantly tell my students with great conviction, “We are not going to worry about the what-ifs in life.” (Hmm…teacher, heal thyself!)
While preparing my school bag to go back today, I found a gift given to me by an exceptional student on the last day of school in June. She is a lovely young lady who will go far in life. This gift required no money (see above), but a bit of her time and energy. I share this gift of encouragement with all of you because while I promise myself my blog is a means of respite from teaching it is hard to keep the two worlds separate all the time.
Having this little outlet to write and especially you taking the time to read brings me great joy. This summer I promised myself I would write more and it seems I have accomplished my goal. I hope to write one post per week for the school year, but I don’t know what’s in store. Fingers crossed you’ll hear from me next week…