For the past two weeks, I have been actively trying to stay away from time wasters in order to accomplish goals and focus on specific tasks. Since starting Financial Peace University in January, Travis and I have been able to pay off over $18,000 and save almost $1000 in an emergency fund! We are 'gazelle intense' as Dave Ramsey would say, meaning we are completely focused on becoming debt free in order to live like no one else later in our lives. So, over the past couple of weeks, I have been actively crunching numbers and preparing for paying off our next smallest debt.
I have also been enjoying my time away from too much technology by putting my nose in some books. I finally finished Dave Ramsey's Entreleadership book. Next week, our organization will be adding our first two team members besides myself. This is an exciting step for our nonprofit organization, as we will be able to accomplish such great things with these two ladies on board! By adding these ladies and thinking about how I am responsible for shaping our organizational culture and motivation, I have been focusing a great deal of attention on learning how to be the best leader I can be. I developed a two-day orientation program for us where we will set both personal and organizational goals, talk about what it means to be an entreleader, and will even complete the DISC personality analysis in order to better understand each other. I will continue to read and to pray about becoming the best Christian leader that I can be, but I feel as ready as I have ever been. Please pray for me and my team.
I also had a smack in the face by God over these past few weeks. Along with my best friend, I have been walking with Good Morning Girls.com through their Proverbs 31 Book Club. I have been in prayer and devotional each morning like never before in my life. After each lesson, I am encouraged to be a better wife, mother, friend, and person. In my prayer time, I have been having passionate conversations with God about what direction He wants me to go. You see, in my nonprofit field we do not make the most significant salary and Travis and I have absolutely no benefits other than what we qualify for through Medicaid. I have been thinking for months that I would be leaving my current position in order to pursue something with better pay and benefits. Well, through my prayer time and a call from a grant foundation about accepting our $30,000 grant proposal, God really smacked me in the face and I am sure of where He is calling me. He wants me to stay put and trust Him. This is hard for me, as the budget says otherwise. However, I know that I must remain faithful to Him and He will bless our family. Please pray for my strength.
Anyways, that is what I have been doing during this technology hiatus. Thank you for remaining faithful followers of my blog and I will make a better effort to direct some attention to my blog in the coming weeks. God bless,