Happy Monday friends! How is it really October 24?! 😳 This month has just flown by and my calendar from now until Thanksgiving is completely full! Say what?! 2016 is almost over y’all! Eeek…..
We are in week three of being home fulltime and it has been the most fun, challenging, exhausting few weeks haha! I love all this time with her, but we are desperately trying to find our footing and a schedule that works for us. It’s been a lot of trial and error over here! If you have any tips or schedules that work for you, I would love to hear them!!
We love fall and fall activities …. the Topsfield Fair, apple picking, and visiting the local farm!
Have you seen my posts lately about JORD watches? I’ve teamed up with them to do a giveaway! The giveaway ends on 10/31, so you have one more week to enter!
Everyone who enters and doesn’t win, will still get a $20 e-certificate!!
We are getting ready to leave for Dallas this week! My husband and I will be there from Thursday to Sunday and staying in Grapevine, so if you are from/know the area and have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them!
Have an awesome day friends! Linking up Biana today!
It’s hard to believe but earlier this week marked one year since we sold our house and moved into our condo. In just about a month, I will celebrate my one year Plexiversary. You might not think that the two have anything to do with each other, but they most definitely do.
Truth be told, I was sad to leave that house. I was oddly attached to it, even considering how many issues we had with it. I had a hard time letting go because it was Gracie’s first house. Growing up, we moved so many times that I lost count. I didn’t want that for her. I wanted one house, where she would come home to from the hospital and leave when she graduated. Funny how our idea of how our life should go, is very rarely how it does go.
A year ago, I couldn’t see what a blessing it was. I *knew* that there was a reason we were moving. Selling our house at way over our asking price allowed us taking big step back and a huge deep breath. It allowed us to reevaluate what is truly important in life. A house is nice, but how nice is it if we are working so hard to pay for it that we don’t enjoy it? Paying someone else to raise our baby? It seems a little backwards to me now.
We sold our house on September 26, and just a few weeks later Plexus came into our life. And when Plexus came into my life, it opened my eyes to the possibility of having time and financial freedom. I was able to quit my full-time job a few months later, to have more time with Gracie and build my business. I know this is something that I would not have been able to do if we still had that big mortgage.
Today, almost exactly a year later, is Gracie’s last day of daycare. When I quit my job in February, we opted to keep her in daycare for the social aspect, but also so I could focus on my business. Over the past few weeks, it had really been on my heart that it was time for her to be home with me full-time.
A year ago, standing on this front stoop, saying goodbye to what was and feeling so uncertain about the future, I had NO idea what was next. If you had told that girl that a year from that day, I would be a full time stay-at-home-mommy with a thriving business, I would not have believed you. But, here I am.
God works in mysterious ways. And if there is anything I’ve learned, it’s that things always, always work out the way that they are supposed to.
Cheers to an amazing year, and for the possibilities of this next one!!!
*If you’ve ever thought about finding a way to supplement your income, or would love to be able to be home with your babies, I would love to chat and tell you my story! You can email me at email@example.com*
Linking up with Annie and Nat for Thoughts for Thursday!
Oh Target. I have a love/hate relationship with you. Something about this store sucks me in and I could lose an hour (or two!) in there.
In the past, I’ve made weekly trips to Target “just because” and come out $100 poorer and not know what the heck just happened!! I love their home decor, the One Spot, and the kids clothes! (Especially, have you seen the new Cat & Jack line?!) My Target also now sells food and beer/liquor! It’s like a one stop shop, the perfect combo for a busy mama who doesn’t want to drag her kid in and out of four different stores. But it’s also a death trap if you’re not careful!
A month ago, I decided to implement “no spend September”. Now I have not been the greatest at this so far this month, but the first rule I made for myself was “you are not allowed to set foot into Target”. There is nothing so important that I can’t buy from Amazon, or the grocery store. And if I don’t go at all, I won’t be tempted by candles, $5 t-shirts and cute fall decor. The point of “no spend September” was not to not spend money but to not spend money on crap we didn’t need.
And you know what, I actually don’t miss it. I thought I would! I thought I wouldn’t be able to stay away, but I’m doing just fine.
I’ll go back at some point I’m sure, but for now it feels good to have the extra money in the bank, and less crap to deal with in my house!
Talk to me about your Target habits! I know I’m not the only one who struggles with this store!! 🙂