On Being Yourself…

Last night I watched, probably for the bazillionth time, The Blind Side. One of my favorite parts is when Sandra Bullock’s character is shopping, looking for clothes for her soon-to-be son. And it hit me… as she says “Well, one thing I know about shopping, is that if you don’t absolutely love it in the store, you won’t wear it. The store’s where you like it the best. So before you choose something, think of yourself wearing it. Ask yourself ‘Is this me?'”

Is this me?

Kevin and I have been making extreme changes in the way we live over the past couple months. We have been married 5 years, and have had a wonderful life together so far. But, we have found ourselves where the majority of Americans have found themselves – in debt. With our debt ruling our decisions. And I find myself asking the question “Is this me?” Is this how I want to be living my life? Is this how I want my kids learning how to live?

Together, and with much prayer, Kevin and I decided: No, this was NOT us. At least, not who we want to be. But by the time we realized it, we found ourselves beyond what we could figure out how to fix on our own. Enter Dave Ramsey. Our church, Grace Capital Church, was offering a 13 week financial class.  We began Financial Peace University 7 weeks ago. Now when we go shopping or when we make decisions, we ask “is this us? Is this what we want to become? Does this purchase or expense fit who we want to be or how we see our future?” Mostly we are realizing that we don’t need or want most of what we think we do at first.

Amazingly, this new way of living for us is really helping us to be more clear about our goals, where we see ourselves, how we want our kids to grow up, what we want them to learn from our mess. Dave Ramsey has a favorite saying “Live like no one else now, so that later you can live like no one else”. By really making an effort right now to live like no one else, I am discovering what is important to me, and who I really am.

I am: A child of God

I am: Wonderfully made

I am: A mother to two by birth and one more by choice and love

I am: A wife to a wonderful man

I am: A creative being: sewing, knitting, beading, baking, creating

I am: going to live a life with no debt so we can make our own decisions, not have them made for us!


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. dhoik
    Apr 12, 2012 @ 19:16:56

    Beautifully said, my child.


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