Do you prefer to hear good news first, or bad news?
Personally, I prefer to get the bad news first, and then top things off with a hefty dose of optimism. So, although things have actually been pretty awesome in our household lately, I thought I’d give our readers an update on all things Amanda and stewardship, beginning this week with the challenges, and finishing up with the blessings next week.
Challenge #1: Cutting costs
I think it is safe to assume that most people would consider good stewardship of their financial resources to be a priority. It is also safe to assume that when there is one parent staying at home with family, saving money is pretty vital to ensuring that parent can continue to stay at home.
Since staying at home with our kids is one of the biggest priorities for us as a family, that has meant more cost cutting measures being implemented lately. Peanut had some medical tests earlier this year (he is fine–these were more FYI for the doctors than anything), and required braces, so that added up to some medical expense. Other expenses have also necessitated cutting costs a bit more than expected.
The biggest way I have addressed this challenge is by looking at where our budget is the most flexible. Since I have the most control over the grocery aspect, I have refocused my efforts on saving money in this arena…and have been doing a pretty great job of it, if I do say so myself!
Challenge #2: Prioritizing Time
Pretty sure this is a continual struggle for most of us. I’m happy to report, though, that my social media time has dropped quite a bit in recent months (shocking!), mostly due to the fact that I have more activities to create time for.
Challenge #3: Practicing a Healthy Lifestyle
It’s no secret I value cooking healthy, tasty meals for my family. It’s a little less well-known that I loathe exercising. I am always ready for an excuse to not be more active–it requires time, requires energy, etc. I know it is time for an attitude adjustment, but that’s easier said than done, apparently.
I am toying with the idea of signing up for a 5K or something similar to help in the motivation department. This has worked well for me in the past, but I am not keen on parting with the money required for a registration fee. As such, I am also trying to embrace different forms of physical activity–not just the run-of-the-mill walking or running. Maybe I will take a cue from Ronnica and try hiking!
What are some challenges you are facing in your stewardship journey?