Category Archives: abundance

Giving Thanks!

I love having a tradition that focuses on giving thanks and being together with family. I love cooking more dishes than can practically fit on your plate. I love indulging in simple healthy foods saturated in butter. I love having a long relaxing weekend to look forward to once all the dishes are done…by Hubby of course 😉


A few years ago I decided that I really wanted to get some holiday books, since it’s hard to get them on hold from the library and it’s nice to have some family favorites as a tradition. 


Thanksgiving Is… shares all the different harvest traditions, from the Greek and Romans to the Pilgrims and Indians. I read it to our Big Guy’s preschool class and they really enjoyed it (although slightly other kids would too.) 


Grateful: A Song of Giving Thanks has great illustrations, although the melody isn’t very catchy and kind of drones a little.


Some time over the summer we also picked a used copy of Big Guy’s first favorite series of chapter books with Jack and Annie: Magic Tree House #27: Thanksgiving on Thursday


Happy Thanksgiving!!!


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Sustainable Family Finances
The story of a family creating an abundant and sustainable life.

Living Your Dreams

I don’t want to come across as being too woo-woo, but one of my favorite daily rituals is to receive Notes from the Universe by email. My very first post nine months ago mentioned being inspired by the universe, but I haven’t shared much about my personal reasons for dedicating so much time and energy into this blog.  


Writing helps me focus a portion of each day on creating a vision for my family, taking baby steps toward achieving our goals, and reflecting and sharing beyond myself. I don’t get many comments yet, so it’s hard for me to know how much my thoughts are rippling out into the world. But I have faith that by taking action, we will be rewarded with greater and greater abundance. I can also hope that eventually we will all be successful in achieving sustainable abundance.


I just finished reading Infinite Possibilities: The Art of Living Your Dreams. The insights and advice are both simple and profound, and I am determined to continue to apply them in my life. It’s brought to light some limiting thoughts of my own around money, because I realize that I’ve never seriously fantasized about being rich and always assumed that we would need to balance our budget and struggle to live within our means. It makes me even more aware of the unlimited power we have to define our values and live our lives toward our dreams.


Start today by doing what you can, from where you’re at with what you have.


Do you believe in the magic of creating your dreams?

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Sustainable Family Finances
The story of a family creating an abundant and sustainable life.

Wealth

Wealth belongs to the person who enjoys it and not the one who keeps it. -Afghan Proverb


The notion of wealth always feels a bit like a chicken and egg conundrum. I like to think of wealth as a feeling rather than a thing. I would much rather enjoy a massage than see more money in our bank account. Yet, every family needs to save in order to build wealth. 


There’s the question of timing in every personal finance decision: “If we spend now, will we have enough later?” My strategy is to have faith in the abundance of the world, not dwell on the potential scarcity. Yes, you should always question your motivation, the personal and global impacts, short and long term consequences…but in the end spending money comes down to your gut feeling. Act as if you’re wealthy, and chances are you’ll feel wealthy.   


What do you think makes a person or family wealthy?


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Sustainable Family Finances
The story of a family creating an abundant and sustainable life.

Benefiting

Just a friendly reminder to turn in any flexible spending receipts by Sep 30th. I know I should have really sent it in by July 1, but I’m proud to say that I didn’t procrastinate to the 11th hour this year. I’m looking forward to my last sixty bucks being reimbursed.


As a follow-up on my post about Maxing Benefits, I have really been enjoying my flexing spending reimbursement credit card. It’s been as easy as I imagined, and I smile to myself every time I use it knowing that I’ve reduced my tedious paperwork.


Unfortunately, I’m home with my Big Guy for the second day of full blown strep throat. All night fevers are not my favorite way of expressing my motherly love. Sadly, any illness always reminds me of the true benefit I have of being able to take my kiddos to the doctor and buy insurance covered tax-free meds.


Do you feel grateful for your benefits?


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The story of a family creating an abundant and sustainable life.

Solo Vacations

We chose to take solo vacations this summer for a few reasons. First off Hubby had a few weeks more vacation, since I sucked up mine through maternity leave. Secondly, backpacking is something we simply can’t do together with young kids, although we are planning on a short backpacking trip together.


Hubby is gone backpacking this week in the Wallowa Mountains, mentoring through Big City Mountaineers. He is no doubt high on fresh mountain air and freedom from fatherly responsibilities.


Although I was admittedly enjoying myself at the Oregon Country Fair, I’m definitely missing him now that I’m home. I’ve been mentally counting down his return, and attempting to keep some chaordic balance. 


I naively thought that I would be super-Mama, and have the house tidy and all the to-dos tackled when he returns. But I got quite the surprise when our Big Guy was sent home with dreaded lice, which has been running rampant. Needless to say, I’ve washed a mountain of laundry and am ever grateful for our extra capacity energy efficient LG washer/dryer.


It’s been a lesson in patience and humbleness, and I sure hope Hubby is having more fun than me this week! Sometimes absence does make you appreciate the abundance you take for granted. 




Do you ever take separate vacations?
How do you make them equitable and manageable?


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Sustainable Family Finances
The story of a family creating an abundant and sustainable life.