Category Archives: inspiration

Secret to Finances

I’ll be the first to admit that in terms of film production The Secret is pretty darn hokey, but the message is what matters. Here’s a quick video clip from the film.





Just remember that living your dreams is only a thought away, plus the baby steps…


What are you dreaming into reality?


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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.

Keeps Getting Better

“It is not from ourselves that we learn to be better than we are.”
– Wendall Berry


I really enjoyed writing my midweek inspiration last week, and am inspired to do a weekly reflection on a quote. Quotes will be graciously gathered from my friend, the Wise Word Bandit. Without knowing it, we both started our blogs within a few weeks of each other, so we’ve been cheering each other on in our quests to become successful bloggers. I’ve certainly enjoyed getting daily quotes from her, and hopefully my reflections on them will help you in your our own personal growth process…


Before Hubby and I were married the best compliment he ever gave me was telling a friend that “I make him want to be a better person.” This pretty much sealed the deal for me, and continues to make me want to be a better wife, mother…..


I look to lots of people to become a better person, and I hope you’ve enjoyed some of my “inspiration” posts.


Who helps you be “better”?


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

Midweek Inspiration

“To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never.  In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common.  This is to be my symphony.”
– William Henry Channing

This quote really resonates with me. While we set financial goals, an underlying goal is to always feel content and grateful for the abundance we have today. Financial freedom is really the key, being able to live a life without burdens or boundaries.


What simple action can you do today to help create financial freedom?
What’s your symphony?


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