Inspired

inˈspī(ə)rd/  1. of extraordinary quality, as if arising from some external creative impulse.

As I browsed the aisles of IKEA with my mother yesterday I couldn’t help but share with her how I’ve felt very inspired lately. She listens to me talk and I’m so very thankful for her. For me, when life shifts, my creative world seems to shift.

I was astonished to find that the beginning definition of the word, inspired, is nothing short of beautiful. It reads, “of extraordinary quality”…. I’ll type that again, “of extraordinary quality”. That makes me realize that all those things in my life, that I sometimes take advantage of, are extraordinary.

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Watching my niece and nephew, adventuring outdoors with my puppy, spending more time embracing life, and watching the world around me change has been my sources of inspiration. My niece is so creative and my nephew always has the biggest smile on his face. My puppy loves me and my husband unconditionally and embraces all the good things in life. Watching the seasons change, transitioning into a new year, and enjoying all the new and old friendships I have has brought so much healing in my life. All these things have been the source of my inspiration and creativity lately.

inspəˈrāSH(ə)n/ 1. the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

I am an incredibly creative person. Sometimes I regret that I didn’t do more with the creativity that I’ve been blessed with. I’ve really wanted to change my mindset to that. We’ve been in our house for 10 months and I’m just now taking on the challenge of turning this house into a home… Hopefully a well and creatively designed home. I am the happiest and in my element when I’m inspired to create… I want to experience that happiness more!

I’m currently in the process of designing and redecorating my home office. To be honest my home office has been more of a holding space and storage room that anything else. As my vision is coming to life, I see it transitioning into a place that, one, I can ACTUALLY use when I work from home and, two, is a place where my creativity can really flourish.

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Below are some photo’s that I’ve used as my source of inspiration for my room! I can’t wait to reveal the finished product to you soon. I hope you can enjoy all that I can share right now. Find time in your day and in your life to be inspired. Find joy in the everyday and embrace the special talents that you’ve been blessed with.

START TODAY! A weekly plan to save $500 by Black Friday!

20171209_103047-01.jpegYou’re probably thinking to yourself “The Holiday season just ended. Why is this crazy girl already posting about Black Friday?”

I’m already posting about Black Friday because I LOVE the holiday season. I enjoy so many aspects about the holiday season: The friends, family, travel, tradition, and of course, gift giving…

The challenge that I faced in the past was financial planning for the holiday season. For so long, I would get to the end of November and early December and wouldn’t have anything specific set aside for holiday travel or christmas gifts. This led to me taking out of savings to pay for Christmas gift or even worse, not saving anything and putting an entire paycheck towards gifts.

When I got married I realized this had to stop. We started doing a lot more holiday travel and increased gift giving. This meant spending a lot more money and it made sense to go into the holidays prepared.

I tried a few different things in the last few years, but this year we tried a method that worked wonderfully! Basically, we set up a line item in our budget or “bill” to ourselves for Christmas. I want to help you be prepared for this time next year and I’ve got an easy way for you to save $500 by next Black Friday! If you need to save $1,000, just double the plan.

Today is January 1st. Black Friday is on November 23. That means you have 326 days to save $500 (did I do my math right for the days?). That’s incredibly realistic. That means you need to save roughly $1.54 a day.

That’s right $1.54 a day. That’s less than your coffee habit… that’s less than you amazon habit… that’s less than your eating our habit… $1.54 a day is easy.

I’ll make this plan for 46 weeks. I’ll start off slow and ease you in!

Weeks 1 and 2: $5 a week

Weeks 3 through 37: $10 a week

Weeks 38 through 45: $15 a week

Week 46: $20

In 46 weeks you’ll have saved $500 and you’ll have 4 days to spare before Black Friday!

The hardest part is not touching that money before Black Friday. Some easy suggestions for setting the money aside:

  1. Open an online checking or savings account not connected to your main checking account. Some banks will even give you free money for opening up an account.
  2. Get cash every week. Go to the bank (or get cash back while you’re grocery shopping) and put the allocated amount in an envelope. Add cash to the envelope every week and you’ll have $500 in cold hard cash set aside for holiday shopping.
  3. If you’re like me and have a paypal account that you don’t use: put the money in a paypal account every week and transfer it back come holiday season.