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Friday, March 31

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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:

March Budget

After replenishing our emergency fund in February, we knew we needed to tighten down the budget this month - April is going to be a big one between income taxes and my trip to Washington and California coming. The biggest areas for us to "save" money in is food and clothing - we bought no clothes and saved about $60 in the grocery spending.

We did have one home-repair expense pop up: during the hurricane last October, we nearly lost one of our dogwoods. Now that the trees are starting to bloom, my friend at the tree company said we needed to get the dogwood properly staked down. Fortunately, we were able to cashflow the expense.



March Victories & Blessings

I kind of have to laugh because the Mister is back to his second job, which I said last month he had let go of. Basically, a regular employee of theirs is traveling for about six weeks, and they asked the Mister if he'd cover some of the shifts. Not complaining about the extra money.

The Mister also picked a bunch of overtime last month at his full-time job, which we don't include in our extra income graphic.

Since we're just about finished with my mother-in-law's bedroom update, we're hoping that after Easter, we'll be able to add some repair jobs back into the schedule. And I'm going to ramp up my prospecting at work after the holiday as well.

In spite of our lower extra income, we still threw nearly $300 extra dollars at our debt snowball in March.



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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Thursday, March 23

I'm a proud furbaby mama, and that makes National Puppy Day a happy one in our house.

My pups definitely brighten my mood. I don't think there's anything better than a waggly tail greeting me at the door after a long day at work.


If you're new around these parts, let me introduce you to our pups - Roscoe and Paige. We rescued Paige from a local shelter in 2009; she's about 10 years old now. Roscoe is a foundling; you can read more about his gotcha story here. Both pups are regular visitors on my Instagram account; follow me @highheeledlove.

To be honest, there's a lot of pups in my Instagram feed because puppy tongues make me smile. Here are some great pupstagram accounts that will brighten your day:







Don't all the puppy tongues just brighten your day?

Tell me what you're doing to celebrate the four-legged friends in your life. Also, comment to share your favorite puppy Instagram accounts.




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Monday, March 20

I am so excited to see that today is the first day of Spring. The weatherman hasn't caught up to the idea since we're supposed to have freezing temperatures all week, but by next weekend, it should be gorgeous outside.

I need a little spring in my life. I love this time of year. Nearly everything in our yard blooms, and we can leave our windows open. And the Mister and I start our vegetable garden and spend lots of time on the patio in the back yard.


And to celebrate the changing of seasons, I'm sharing my spring bucket list with you because sometimes you just need a list to organize all the ideas in your head. Here's everything I hope to accomplish over the next couple months:


Plant a butterfly garden

23 Butterflies of North America And the Flowers They Love - Avasflowers.net - Infographic
Avasflowers.net

Make strawberry jam

Make and put up a spring wreath

Inspiration:


Send an Easter gift package to my niece and nephew

Dry lavender for spring sachets

Have cocktails on the patio

Take some goofy Easter photos of the dogs

Inspiration:

Ride my bicycle as much as possible



What are your favorite spring activities? Tell me in the comments what you would add to my bucket list?



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Monday, March 13

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Y'all, this post is long overdue. I've mentioned a couple times on the blog and social that I've been working with a coach to improve my business productivity and feel like I have a better handle on life. I'm actually doing two programs at the moment:
  • a series of weekly video training sessions over the course of a year called Train Your Brain Weekly, which I started in October
  • working directly with a coach one-on-one via 12 coaching calls, which I started last month

One of the systems that I started implementing is scheduling a two-hour meeting each week, during which I connect with and envision the success of each week. This is a little more than just laying out my schedule in my planners - I actually use three planners.

I explain more about how I plan my week in this Facebook Live video:


Here are some resources that I use:


The coach programs that I'm working with are available through Freedom Personal Development.

To learn more about the long list short list, check out this post at Four Hats & Frugal.

If you're not in a position to hire a coach but still want to learn more, I'd suggest picking up a copy of the book Train Your Brain for Success by Roger Seip, co-founder of Freedom Personal Development.





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