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Simplifying : Needs vs. Luxuries

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This whole semi-new “single-mom-trying-to-turn-her-lifelong-passion-into-a-viable-full-time-business-and-pinch-pennies-at-the-same-time” thing is definitely something that I could do without! But, as one of my good friends always says, “It is what it is…” (and it has been quite an adjustment, that’s for sure!)

How interesting (…major understatement…) it has been to be forced to choose which of life’s necessities should be paid for this month. Until now, I never fully realized just how many things I have always taken for granted…

Anyway, in light of these unplanned changes in my life and family and home over the past year-and-a-half, I now meticulously scrutinize every single expenditure like I never have before. And, I have come to realize that, aside from the love of family and friends, what Amanda and I truly need boils down to this: car, apartment, electricity, water, medications, and groceries. So, that’s where the money goes right now… absolute necessities only!

Sure, all the “no’s” that Amanda gets from me are tough (on both of us!), but I have no doubt that the time and attention and love that I am investing in my daughter today will reap far greater rewards in the years to come!

So, what about you? Are there things in your life that you could do without? I challenge you to take a moment today to reflect on the true essentials in your life, and I dare you to let go of the rest!

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Been there, done that. And I don’t mean it in a smartaleck way. I was a single mom, supporting two kids. Financially it was tough. However, mentally, being the sole parent is really a never-ending occupation. The worry never stops. Even if sometimes you just worry because everything is going so well!! But if you love your kid, and you have those special times together, they will remember their life favorably. As adults they will appreciate it even more because they realize that life was so good with so little.

So, some of us have our crosses to bear. Not enough money. Not enough time. There are so many children out there unwanted and unloved. Those are the children that grow up crippled. The children of a loving parent will grow strong because you are strong and will give love because you gave them love. This is the best there is. Simple but true.

.-= Barbara@BabyBloggingBoomer´s last blog… What Flower Are You? =-.

Barbara@BabyBloggingBoomer / May 2nd, 2010, 12:34 am

Thanks so much for your words of encouragement and inspiration! As difficult as the day-to-day may seem, I am eternally grateful for all the quality time that Amanda and I have been able to spend together. Plus, having been given the opportunity to reevaluate my priorities, clarify my goals, and refocus my energies, I have no doubt that, somehow, someday, I will ‘make it through to the other side’ as so many single moms have done before me!

[ real neat ] / May 2nd, 2010, 11:15 am

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