The Worst Thing You Could Do
I'm going to be very honest here...I have been blogging since 2008 and yes, there are times when I feel like I am just going through the motions. Coupon blogs are kinda funny in that way. I mean, really, you're coming here for coupons, right?
Well, here's my take on that...I live this. I live a frugal life. I make my own cleaners, I shop at garage sales and I sell random junk on craigslist from time to time.
Why am I telling you this? Because I think I'm going to set some new blogging goals for 2013. Some honesty goals. Some real life, it is what it is kinda goals.
It's about to get real up in here, folks. Yes, you'll get coupons, matchups & deals but it's time to bring it back home. It's time to give you a little glimpse into what it really looks like to live out a frugal lifestyle in real life. The ups & downs & the "I'll never do that again" moments.
Let's start at the beginning....
I began this journey in 2005 through a series of life circumstances that left me unable to provide for my family and in complete honesty, left us hungry. I learned how to shop smart and be frugal not because it was trendy but because we had to survive. Period.
I know what I know now because I've walked through one life situation after another but you know what? That makes me real. I could not help you feed your family if I did not know what it was like to struggle to feed my own.
Out of that real life circumstance began a business that provides for my family today. Sometimes we are hit with situations and circumstances that we cannot stop from happening but the good news is that God can use that situation to impact the lives of those around you.
Here is one of my FAVORITE quotes from Jon Acuff:
I feel that way about my own life, my own story.
I titled this post "The Worst Thing You Can Do" but do you know why? Because here's the thing...2012 was hands down, the worst year of my entire life. And now it is over, I'm not looking back, I am only looking forward. But there is something I did learn from 2012 that I will take with me for the rest of my life, I learned what NOT to do.
Are you ready for it?
I learned that the worst thing I could do is...get stuck.
Yep, that's it. Get stuck.
The worst thing that could happen to you right now is that you get stuck in your circumstances and never move forward. I meet people all the time who are stuck in their past. They are stuck in the bad decisions they made a long time ago or they are stuck on the hurt caused by another person and they cannot move forward.
Getting stuck will keep you from every single thing God has for you. Getting stuck will prevent God from using your mess and turning it into a message. We all have messes. We all have things in our past that we wish were not there but if there is one thing I have learned it is...do not get stuck.
Shake the dust off your feet and move on, move on to what lies ahead in your future. It takes work, my friends, it is no easy task. Dreams do not just happen, they are made by hours and hours of work and an ability to let go of the past that is bringing you down and grab hold of the promises of God that are right before you.
It's time to let go and move forward into the best year of your life...and mine too. Here's to 2013, may you be blessed & may God transform your life in ways you never thought possible! Let's get honest, let's get real and let's face it, we're in this thing together!