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Tuesday, February 28

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If you are new around these parts, the Mister and I took the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University course through our church at the end of 2015. We have a goal to to knock out the remainder of our consumer debt in 2017. You can catch up on our journey by checking out our previous recaps:

February Budget

Here's the thing about living on a written budget - the longer we do it, the less I feel like I have to say about it in these posts. Because what used to be challenging just doesn't create money drama any more.

In February, we had to dip into the emergency fund to help cashflow a house repiping. So the first priority was to re-fund it, which is done.  Also, the water pressure in the house is a-MAZ-ing. I had no idea what I was living without until it was fixed.


February Victories & Blessings

So, you'll probably notice that the extra income is down quite a bit since last month. There's two reasons for that:

  • The Mister's extra job restructured some things, and they mutually agreed it was time to let that shift bless someone else.
  • We've been spending most of our weekends updating my mother-in-law's bedroom and bathroom, which has meant not hustling some side work.


We're comfortable with that. The Mister has been working so hard these last months, and we need a little time for him to rest and get some things done at home. He has been picking some overtime up at work, which has helped the budget as well.

In spite of the lower extra income and the dip into the emergency fund, I'm happy to report that we still paid off more than $700 on the debt snowball in February!


If you want to take control of your finances, I'd suggest reading The Total Money Makeover. Or go online to daveramsey.com to find a Financial Peace University course starting near you.


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Sunday, February 26

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Hi everyone,

I'm a little embarrassed to be apologizing for another blog break because I feel like I just did this last month. I'm not quite sure what happened in February to my blogging schedule.

I have been using a new method of planning and scheduling my week, which has proved to be quite successful and allow productivity in other parts of my life and business. But apparently, the time block that I've allotted for blogging has not been a good fit since this is only the second post that I've written this month.

Nonetheless, I feel that I owe you an update on life so let's get to it.

Diet & Exercise

I've been rocking and rolling on my weight loss journey via Weight Watchers. My first month of working the program has yielded a loss of 6.5 pounds, which I'm pretty darn pleased with. It's been a long time since I've felt so good about the food that I put in my body and felt so comfortable in my own skin.


Changing my food habits has also prompted me to be much more diligent about getting some walking time nearly every day with my pups. It's been good for all of us and has given the Mister and I some time to catch up each day.

In jujitsu, I've been working on discovering my role as a sensei. I still feel like I have so much to learn, so I can't say I'm 100 percent comfortable being in a teaching role. I just have to have faith that it will get easier and more familiar as I do it more.  I did get the honor of my first experience with signing promotion certificates as a sensei this week.


General Life

I have to laugh at myself because I am also now quite hooked on my Lularoe leggings, which is pretty funny to me since about a month ago I was telling my mother-in-law that I'm thought they were too expensive and didn't understand the hype.

Now, I own six pairs of leggings.The leggings are as comfortable as people say. (If you don't have a rep yet, let me know. I'll hook you up with my cousin's group.)


The Mister and I have been spending almost every weekend at his mother's condo this month. We've been helping her paint her bedroom, bathroom and closet. It turned out she needed a new water heater, and since the heater is installed in the back of her walk-in closet, she and I took emptied the closet. We've been going through everything and taking many loads of clothes to Goodwill and Dress for Success. And I won't lie, some of the clothes have also moved into my closet.

Personal Development

Oh, and as a quick update to one of my video updates from last month, I did decide to hire a business/life coach. The coach I've been paired with is named Robb Z; he's awesome and full of energy. We've worked together on two sessions, and we laugh a lot, but I can already see growth in my mindset and productivity.


One of my personal resolutions this year was to do better with reading more books. I used to read all the time, and that habit fell by the wayside the last few years. I've been listening to some books on Audible as well as physically reading.

Looking to the future

The Mister and I have been seriously starting to discuss our garden for this spring. Last year, we were too busy to properly plan it. Between the desire to eat more locally and to save money, we're pretty committed to planting a big garden this year.

After reading Ruth Soukup's book, there's a very good possibility that we'll be taking her unstuffed weekend challenge, outlined in the book. I'm so tired of living with clutter all around us, and getting the extra stuff out of the house can only be a wise move toward the idea that we'd like to move in a few years.

I think that I'll be moving this blog to Wordpress within the next month or two, and I'm considering a re-brand at that time. I'm thinking about focusing more on living simply and more sustainably, how we balance our home/work/jujitsu life and sharing more of our home creation projects. What do you think?




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Wednesday, February 1

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If you are new around these parts, the Mister and I took the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University course through our church last year. We have a goal to pay off half of our consumer debt this year. You can catch up on our journey by checking out our previous recaps:

January Budget

Gosh, it seems tough to get back into the swing of things after the holiday season. The Mister and I definitely indulged a bit this month, going out to eat and purchasing some unplanned clothing purchases; also, I ordered some supplies from Weight Watchers to help get my new dietary lifestyle on track.

Luckily, there was extra income to cover these expenses, and I'm super thankful that my husband is so supportive of my journey and goals. In February, we're going to have to buckle down though because paying off that debt snowball is way more important than a whim for jewelry or leggings.


January Victories & Blessings

In addition to covering the expenses that popped up because of whims last month, we made the decision that I would attend our martial arts national convention in April and pair that with a trip to see my parents, who moved to Washington. The Mister was very adamant that I take this opportunity since there will be recognition for my black belt promotion.

It's a good feeling to pay for a trip completely upfront with cash. My plane tickets are paid for. My registration fee is paid for. I have the money for the hotel costs in cash. And I get to spend almost a week with my parents before the convention.

Paying for this trip may slow our debt snowball down a little, but we're both glad that I can go; two years ago, our method of funding would have been debt.


If you want to take control of your finances, I'd suggest reading The Total Money Makeover. Or go online to daveramsey.com to find a Financial Peace University course starting near you.


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