I feel like my life is in transition.
I told a friend last month that I felt like I had an epiphany. I read Dave Ramsey's 'A Total Money Makeover' and it changed my life.
My family started a 'Fitness Challenge' and it changed my life.
I started home schooling and it changed our life. (And, I wonder why I didn't start when Nikayda was in kindergarten.) On a side note: Although, we've begun homeschooling, we're not doing it for 'religious' reasons--in case anyone's curious. We're using Ambleside Online, but we're not studying the bible while we homeschool. The religious aspect of the program, we've virtually left out. The only religion involved is that I get to teach my children that God created the earth and He made all things. I feel this worthy of mentioning only because many, many people home school for religious reasons and they also follow religious home school curriculums. And, if you've read my blog for any period of time, you know we go to church on Sunday and you've seen me mention my faith.
In fact, I feel a little like a duck out of water when I ask others if there are non-religious home school programs because I prefer to keep it a little separate from our school! (Just my personal choice.) We still talk about God and Jesus as we always have but we don't 'study' religion while we home school, if that makes sense. The 'knowledge' aspect of religion isn't what my faith is based on. I couldn't begin to quote the bible to anyone. My faith is in my heart and conscience and it's personal. And, I hope and pray for it to be the same for each of my children.
Going back to transitions and changes...
I started purging for the first time ever and it changed my life. (It's still a work in progress.)
My life is in transition with all kinds of good changes going on right now and it all started when one of my sisters sent me 'A Total Money Makeover'...
We've never been on a budget. We don't spend frivolously but we've never budgeted either. I'm a serious coupon clipper (going on 1 year, this fall!) and, recently, I've started seeing how little I can spend on groceries each week. I've gotten it down to $100.00 or less a week at the grocery store for our family of five. I used to spend about $300.00 every other week.
That's a huge accomplishment seeing as I buy mostly organic/natural foods--and I love gourmet style recipes. I love trying new things. (And, seeing as our food prices are more in our neck of the woods than in many other areas of the country.) I cut out almost all 'processed' foods in the past year, and I quit buying cereal about two months ago (even though I only bought it when I paid $1.00 or less for it--I'm cutting it out to cut out the processing aspect of foods). I love to cook and bake and I make almost everything from scratch now.
Lots of little transitions and changes going on...
And, maybe, just maybe all of these good transitions have a little something to do with the four-leaf clover Nikayda found the other day. ;)