Budget your money, friends, and family.
I am a budgeter and a NERD! I evaluate, plan, then execute; and repeat the cycle as if reading the back of a shampoo bottle…assuming I had hair! It has helped with my personal finances, my time, and my soul.
Growing up in Sunday School with 1970’s technologically advanced flannel-graphs, I was taught two lessons that I’d grasp years later; one from Luke and one from Habakkuk.
In Luke, I was taught to consider the cost of building a tower before starting or you will be mocked for not finishing what you started (decoded: you better budget your money or everyone will laugh at you). The lesson in Habakkuk was the longest to digest and most encouraging: For still the vision awaits for an appointed time: it hastens to the end–It will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surly come; it will not delay.
I started to really budget about two years ago. Today, I cannot live without a plan for my money. But it took seven years of clawing and waiting for the ‘light at the end of the tunnel.’ Had it been any faster I would have missed valuable lessons. But the greatest lesson I am currently learning is to budget your family and friends.
Block out your time in synchronization with you goals (which you are allowed to change, but start somewhere!)
Budget your money to work for you and not against you. Budget your time at home for those thing that are really important. At the office, budget your phone calls and e-mails.
My tiny, minute, modicum of personal success only came after I started to budget my money, then my life. I think our life is found when include ourselves, our families, our friends in our budgets.
Your life will love you for the freedom you allow it to have. You will be able to re-introduce yourself to friends you have not seen in years… moreover, to your family you have been absent from though physically present.
Be encouraged to start. Accept the challenge. It will be hard but worth it!
Question: If you dared to budget your money, friends, and family, what would be the biggest reward or the biggest challenge?