My number one goal is getting out of debt. We've been too irresponsible for to long. I've come to terms with the fact that the only way we're going to be able to get rid of this unbearably heavy financial burden is to buckle down, grit teeth, and do it. As Dave Ramsey says: We need to live like no one else right now so that later we can LIVE like no one else. Well, living like no one else means eating 20 cent ramon noodles every day for lunch, spending $12 a day on groceries, household supplies, and gifts, not buying Starbucks like everyone else, and putting every extra penny towards debt. Living like no one else means focusing on the number one goal and pushing aside everything else.
|The Burren, Ireland|
Every minute that I'm "stuck" at home I feel like I'm missing out on life. This living like no one else right now so that later I can LIVE like no one else makes my heart ache. Especially with my near sightedness I feel like later will never get here. Worst of all is my missing Guatemala. I've gone on 4 mission trips to Guatemala and I've left a big part of my heart there in the city of Chichicastenango. The only thing that comforts my homesickness for that place is knowing that I'll someday return but right now, at present, I don't see a someday in the future and it hurts SOOO bad. I can live without new shoes. I don't need nice clothes. It's a battle but I can avoid expensive food. I don't need to buy new toys for my doggies. I can handle getting creative and thinking up cheap gifts for people even though I'd love to spend loads of money on my loved ones. BUT sitting on my butt and not getting to travel, not being able to return to my second home in Guatemala, not being able to see the world; that hurts.
This financial journey is looking to be the most difficult journey I've ever embarked upon. But for the record I just want to say for all the world to hear (if they so wish) I am going back to Chichi (Guatemala) someday to see the new orphan homes that have been built since I was last there. I will return to Ireland and visit the Aran Islands and see the Giants Causeway. I am going to see the red wood trees and the grand canyon and Alaska is on my bucket list. I am going to get out of debt and I am going to LIVE life to the fullest!!!