living our best life – spending money

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Being chronically ill, I tend to worry about money a lot.  I try hard to win over the anxiety by reminding myself that God will work it all out and worrying about it does absolutely no good.  To also help combat my fear of not having enough money, I live a frugal lifestyle.  I make sure my family lives on less and with less in most areas of our lives.

But instead of focusing on what we live without, we can always talk about that later, today’s question focuses on what we do spend money on.   There are psychological benefits to spending money on yourself, even if it is just a little bit, for a pick-me-up.

So, the question this week is:  What is one thing you regularly spend money on that brings joy into your life?  

living our best life – giving

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During the holiday season, we tend to spend time reflecting on upon our past.  There is something about the music, the lights, the gathering of friends and family and religous services that can send our minds straight back to when we were a child or those special moments shared with a significant other.

Despite the societal push to buy, buy, buy, when I think about past holidays I rarely remember the gifts, but instead the emotions I felt during the celebrations.

I have always found it much more enjoyable to give gifts and watch a person’s face light up as the package is unwrapped.  As the old saying goes, it is much better to give then to receive and I have always believed this to be true.

So my question for all you amazing people this week is, What gift have you given that still makes you smile when you think about it?  

Thank you for taking the time to comment…..

 

” I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all year.”

~ Charles Dicken, A Christmas Carol

 

a thank you to YOU!

 

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Sending a sincere and loving THANK YOU to all of you out there who make this world a better place.  I read your achievements daily……helping others through your encouraging words, beautiful and creative writings, beneficial information and prayers.

YOU are what makes this world so special and I am honored to be a very small part of it.

May God bless each of you with a peaceful Christmas season and a joyous New Year.

Until 2019,

wendi

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child like

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yes…….childlike wonder i still have in my soul

despite the years i have behind me, i still see the would through the eyes of a child

it may seem silly for one of such age to get so excited by a butterfly, a flower, a happy dog with his head out a window, a poem, a sunset, or a friendly comment

but………my heart still skips a beat when i see small tokens of joy present itself

it is as if God is telling me…….i am here……and……i never left……..

fireflies

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in the darkness of night………they flash with passion

their brilliance shining…….lighting up their little part of the world

others looking on with amazement, joy and splendor

 

I dream of a world where small lights of kindness continually illuminate the darkness

bringing hope and happiness to others

 

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wendi, under the pen name Charlie, is the author of Frugal Seeds Summer Edition: 101 Ways to Enjoy Summer with Your Kids for Little Money

3 days – 3 quotes nomination – Day #1

I would like to sincerely thank momlifewithchiari for nominating me.  Please check out her blog where she graciously lives with a chronic illness and offers encouragement to others so beautifully.  She has been a huge encouragement for  me.

HERE ARE THE RULES:

♣…Thank the person who nominated you.

♣…Post a quote for 3 days and explain why it appeals to you.

♣…Nominate bloggers each day!

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“Spread love everywhere you go.  Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”     –  Mother Teresa

 

Really, is there any bigger gift then to make another person feel better?  Isn’t that what we were created for………to take care for, to love, to be kind, and to respect one another?

Mother Teresa and many individuals like her have done just that.  She made people happy just to be in her presence by providing her undivided attention, basic human needs of unconditional love, acceptance, food, clothing, shelter and medical care in their most simple forms………….what a blessing to those who received it…………….what a person to emulate.

 

 

ok…………I am going to break the rules here, please forgive me…………but, I am going to nominate bloggers on my 3rd day.  Thank you for understanding!