Looking Ahead…Intentionally

It’s that time of year! The time when we look back at all of the accomplishments of the past year and all of the misses too. It’s also the time that we look forward…to what may come, to what we want to see happen, to the goals we have set and the dreams we have dreamed.

2014 is going to a big year, isn’t it? Regardless of whether I participate. Regardless of whether or not I step up and dream my dreams and set my goals and go after them. This year is big. Every year is. We can either choose to look forward (live and move and grow and challenge ourselves) or look behind (stew over regrets and missed chances and mistakes). Continue reading

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Christmas Budget?

christmas presents

Those two words just don’t go together…or do they?

This Christmas the Starks family did something that they have never…NEVER… done before.

We stuck to a budget. A small one. We had to. We didn’t have a choice. There were no resources to pull from to make the Christmas any bigger than it was. Oh, we’ve had years in the past where we’ve set a limit and stuck close. We’ve even had years in the past where we determined that we would only spend cash and did so. This year was different. We had limited cash available (our van broke down and had to get fixed and my hubs and I are both full time grad students…well, technically I just graduated two weeks ago, thank you very much…) which limits our spending capabilities on any given day let alone during Christmas for four kids.

And guess what…it was good.

Did I just say that? Continue reading