Recently, I started reading a fantastic book written by Rachel Cruze called “Love Your Life Not Theirs”. In the coming days, I would like to bring out some amazing points of the first few chapters in this book that really spoke to me and would love to share with you all. Jason has been faithfully listening to Dave Ramsey’s podcast (the father of Rachel Cruze) about how to be a better steward of our money. I was talking to great friend of mine one day who together with her husband are both making huge financial steps in their life and quickly seeing the results of living wisely. I was talking to her and she was saying how someone she knew just bought the newest iPhone on launch day as well as going on constant seemingly awesome trips. I could see her frustration because this was a young couple close to her in age doing all these expensive things and here we both are literally clipping coupons, cutting out cable, and selling our fancy phones to buy phones that are not exactly up to date. That night I remember laying in bed talking with my husband about how frustrating it is at times to be caught up in this materialistic world and feeling like we are behind this generation and that we feel like failures. My friend and I both made unwise decisions when we first started out in marriage and we both came to the realization that if we wanted our dreams for the future to become a reality, we needed to make drastic sacrifices in our finances. We needed to keep that focus not just until we got one debt paid off but making this change last a lifetime. I was telling Jas that night that I found it amazing just how many complaints I hear or see in a day…women and even men complaining about having to work all the time and not having no time for their families, being so tired when they came home, etc.. I’m referring to the complainers that are going around driving the latest and greatest new from the showcase room, the latest iPhone/Android, the latest fashion… if it’s the latest and the greatest they have to have it. My friends, allow me to introduce to you the all-star players of the “Comparison Game.” After much frustration and stressed conversation with my husband he told me that David Ramsey was talking about this topic the one day and how his daughter was coming out with a book that sounds to be what I was thinking in my mind. We waited weeks for the book to arrive in the mail and when it finally arrived I couldn’t wait to start reading. After just reading a few chapters I couldn’t help but re-read it all again, but this time having a paper and pen to jot down these notes that I can’t wait to share with you all. This book has completely put into perspective why I shouldn’t feel degraded for not having the latest and the greatest but, instead why I should be high-fiving everyone every morning for the choices that not only are showing positive outcomes, but the choices that are going to have positive outcomes for years and generations to come for our future families. I’m looking forward to over the next few days/weeks sharing some insights, thoughts and challenges that we’ve been blessed with by starting this book! Stay tuned for more, because there’s always more to learn and ways we need to change, and reasons we need to change!
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