Looking back at `08

January 1, 2009

Like many, I stayed up to ring in the New Year’s with family. My youngest son even managed to stay awake long enough to watch the telecast of the ball drop in NYC.

2008 was, well..
I began the ThrifteHayseed blog after my job was downsized in March. I love to write, so I thought that blogging would come easily. I soon learned that serious professional-grade blogging is not easy at all. Balancing my household, children, and marriage made posting to the blog another task to procrastinate. One month after being downsized, I began another full time job. Writing to my blog got shelfed most of the time.

My new work schedule was difficult to adjust to. As I began to adjust to the new work hours and new job responsibilities, life happened. I began to have some health issues.

By August, my health issue had gotten to the point that my doctor began to talk to me about seeing a specialist, and also having a CAT scan.

Just days before Labor Day, I underwent surgery. I took a non FMLA leave, but only missed one week of work.

What I hadn’t counted on was that my immune system had taken a traumatic blow. I began to catch every stomach virus going around. No amount of vitamin C helped. I missed work for the simple reason that I had never been that sick and weak before. Ever.

One weak before Thanksgiving, my new workplace decided to drastically reduce its workforce. In all, 80 individuals lost their jobs that day. I felt like I probably deserved to be perm. laid off – the others, not so much.

The year ended with me having no new job prospects. The economy ended down, and my rural area has been effected by it strongly.

What now, `09?
I stopped making true resolutions 2 years ago. I never seemed to keep them anyways.

Instead, I have been making a list of things that I would like to do better at.

Here’s this year’s list:
(1) Keep myself healthier.
(2) Maintain a prioritized spending budget, and cut as many unnecessary costs as possible.
(3) Study GOD’s Word on a daily basis. Study it, know it, and then put it into action in my life.
(4) Make more happy memories; Eliminate new regrets.

Happy 2009.

Drip. Kurplunk. Drip. Drip. Kurplunk.

When people thinks of generosity, they often think of abundant, lavish generosity. The word Generous radiates thoughts of wealthy people building new wings of hospitals or building homes for the poor. Generosity is a misunderstood and underused concept in the current culture.

does a little matter?

People often misunderstand that generosity must be lavish showers of money. Being generous simply means being willing to give what you can to those who need it. Even $1 given to a soup kitchen will help to put a few more spoons of food on a plate. Yes, a little given in generosity matters. Ask the homeless shelters who run on donations; ask the church who is about to close their doors due to finances.

more….

If you do not give toward anything, then giving anything is better than nothing. If you already give in small or big portions, then consider how you might be more generous. Can you give $5 more? What about $15?

One penny at a time. Give. By giving a little more, maybe someone will not have to go to bed without food or without shelter tomorrow night.

‘Recession’ Response

August 13, 2008

Introduction

The media is plush with stories on the current economy. I believe that you would be hard-pressed to flip through the news tonight without the “recession” storm overtaking you. The media is using the term “recession” so much, that people actually are buying into it. My post, however, isn’t really about the current financial situation in the USA. It is about money/economy in general.

Spoiled mentality

Why is it that so many people rationalize purchases with the words “because I deserve it”? That’s a little presumptuous. I resolve that we don’t necessarily “deserve” everything that we buy. I think that humans deserve the essentials: food and shelter. Some might deem that “basic essential needs”, yet how many people will curl up on the cold ground tonight without anything in their stomach?

Can’t Buy me…

There are a lot of things that money itself cannot buy. Money cannot buy back a ruined relationship. No amount of stuff can truly fill a void. Money is also very temporary. When we die, it will not go with us to our eternal destinations. “Money is merely a method of exchange, and is only worth what someone else is willing to give you for it” (Dave Ramsey).

What it all comes down to

Money is paper and coin. We can buy stuff with it, but obviously that stuff is just stuff. Invest your time, invest your love, invest your energy and you will reap better rewards than simply investing your money will.