If you will…

If you own a copy of Dave Ramsey’s book Total Money Makeover you will see, at the bottom of every page the following statement:

If you will live like no one else, later you can live like no one else!

There are so many people that are living with the bondage of debt.  I know, because in spite of all my reading, I still have debt.  Not as much as some people, but still enough that I am bound to my job and its hours.  I cannot just make a leap to the next adventure.  I have more than bills to pay, I have debts.

Being a good mom, I like to “talk” about these things with the two E’s in my life.  Of course to Emma it comes across as “the lecture” and sometimes I can feel her eyes rolling!  They’re both pretty patient with me however, and they are willing to listen.  They also have my copy of  ” that Ramsey book” which they may get to reading at least a little of.

Anyways, it was Eric’s birthday a few weeks ago and I wanted to get him something fun.  Apparently his car of choice is a 2008 Dodge Charger with a hemi.  First I thought I might get him a model of one – but it was raining and I didn’t have time to go biking or busing around the city looking for one.  Ditto for a puzzle.  So I made him a picture!  I googled images of the car in question and created a collage that ended up looking something like this:

Eric’s Birthday Card

Well, I guess you are going to have to click the link to see the card.  Another learning curve will be to get it to show up in the blog.  However, it is worth the click so go ahead.  I do have to say that it looks nice – although the frugal side of me cringes at the cost of gas!  But I really like the middle picture on the bottom row!  What a view!

So here’s your assignment (and mine of course) if you choose to play along.  What kind of things would you like to have in your life once your financial house is in order?  What will your life look like when you’ve made the changes you need or want to make?

What do you want your life to look like?

Something that makes me smile!

Owning my own business!

Seeing the world!

And that’s just the “me” stuff.  What about the charities I could support more fully?

Creating pictures of the things we want to accomplish can help us get there.

I got a colour copy of  Eric’s card at Digital Post for about $2.50.  That included extracting the file from my memory stick.  Then I bought a frame so that it can hang on the wall and inspire them both to read the book.  In a few years, maybe the car of choice will change, but I hope they get there! (Without the debt!) Sorry Emma, I had to put that in there too!

In the meantime, I too will chose to eat and spend differently than I have in the past so that I too will be able to live differently in the future!  Just think of what an adventure it will be!

Have a great day!

Marcia

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