I know several people that are struggling financially right now. Some because they went a little overboard during the holidays but some are struggling due to circumstances completely unforeseen & out of their control. Sometimes people find themselves with a large unexpected bill or maybe laid off either temporarily or permanently and BOOM – financial adjustments must be made sooner rather than later. Of course families are varied and the journey to a more secure financial future will be different for each family’s circumstances. Some have very young children or teens living at home, some are single while yet others are empty nesters. Some families must work extended hours or deal with long commutes & some are stay-at-home parents. But there are some aspects of financial wellness that often remain the same no matter where you are in life – you find that by just cutting your waste that your finances are much more positively aligned. I certainly found that to be the case when we were adjusting our finances due to shortfalls.
- Taylor-Made Ranch Homestead Blog
When we found this piece of paradise in Northeast Texas we knew this would be where our future was to be found. As we stood next to the cobbled-together gate and viewed the overgrown and cluttered property, the old and broken fences and the tattered 1880’s barn, it was apparent that we had LOTS of work ahead of us! One step at a time we drew closer and closer to the life we dreamed we could live. Living where we do has taught me a new appreciation for the beauty God has blessed us with each and every day. I notice the small things more – the beauty of the first tiny spring flowers to peek out from the sleeping grass, the graceful hawk that calls to her young as she teaches them to fly, and the amazing array of colors present on a butterfly’s wings. I try to be as gentle as I can as I tread on this land and in this life. I’ve learned to improve our garden soil so that I can produce more of what we eat & to preserve the rainfall for garden irrigation. I’ve learned about the price paid for convenience foods in currency, health and environmental terms and I’ve begun to make many of those things myself in a healthier & less expansive manner. I’ve become so much more aware of my environmental self, and I’m pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to make small changes that have a real effect. One step at a time I find that I’m rediscovering myself. I’ve heard the phrase “Bloom where you’re planted” and I’m so blessed to have been planted here!
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