There was a point in my life were I started to really dig deep into my thoughts and evaluate our life. I turned 30. I realize 30 isn't "OLD." And still yet I stopped and looked at our successes, where we were, and what we had. I was disappointed. It seemed "the grass was greener" everywhere we looked. I felt I was half way through my life and I was disappointed.
Because of this I held so much resentment. I felt ashamed that I didn't make more of ourselves, I held resentment towards my husband because he wasn't making more money, I held resentment towards God because he wasn't answering my prayers for opportunity. I felt our life was crumbling.
I was selfish.
It wasn't until this point of feeling so low, feeling less than others, and feeling broken that I was able to really- deep down- evaluate our lives.
Wow...what a wake up call. How rich we were!! It was my perspective that was poor and broken. We were so truly blessed and I was being so ignorant for so many years. What did I want more money for? To keep up with everyone else. Fancy clothes, new things, the newest electronics, new vehicles, a new and larger home.... and for what? To impress other people. I was evaluating my worth based on the opinions of others.
I needed that time to feel broken to change my life.
God did answer prayers, but not in a way that was in my will- it was in his. He was giving me wealth- a wealth of knowledge! I didn't need the things I was wanting. Were we hungry? No. (although, at times we were really close!) Did we have a home? Yes! It was plenty big enough for us, it was warm in the Winter, and cold in the Summer. Was it pretty? It's a work in progress, but progress is better than nothing! My perspective has drastically changed and I now appreciate each and every thing we have because it is beautiful....to us. When we put our energy into pleasing others, we stop putting energy into ourselves and our happiness.
The moment I was able to realize we were living for worldly things our lives were completely rejuvenated. When we were able to truly appreciate the things we have, realize the difference between "need" and "want," and focus on our happiness rather than impressing others with things; we were able to truly live our lives.
The reason I created ShoestringAmy is to help others living a life of "want." Live within your means and how to do that in an amazing way!
DIY because you are able. DIY not only saves you money, but it builds your confidence. Discovering your abilities; honing in on your own skills could open up a world of possibilities.
Change your view of TRAVEL. Don't wait around because you don't have the funds to vacation and travel. Explore the world in your very own backyard or in your own town. Baby steps. Don't let a small budget hold you back.
FASHION- There are amazing deals to be had! Thrift store fashion is a horribly missed asset that people need to utilize.
The absolute most important thing to remember is to open your heart. Accept, appreciate, and love.
I want to open up a new idea of having a small budget and living within your means. A beautiful life is out there to be had. Start with priorities. Where are yours?
As is our life, my blog is a work in progress. I hope we can take this journey together! Share and inspire yourself and a friend.
Love and peace through creating your journey...
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Shoestring Amy is a free-spirited momma. With a family of five comes an active lifestyle full of energy. Amy strives for a lifetime of fun, laughter, and memories. Rather than smothering in debt, working for "things," and walking the same ol' line of misery created by a dead end job, she creates much larger goals. CONTINUE READING....
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