Regardless of the size of your income, you can still live an abundant life. It might look different than your neighbors, but it's abundant all the same.
Yes, we need money to pay for the necessities of life -- but that need not mean we cannot have fun and enjoy life. It just takes a shift in perspective. No matter how tight the budget, many of us live far more luxuriously than people in other parts of the world. And we take it for granted.
We forget about the simplicity of the pioneer times. Though there were many hardships to endure, they managed to survive. They helped their neighbors. They had fun -- though their fun looks much different than ours today. There was a real sense of community and generosity in spite of their deprivations. We have lost much of that in this day and age, regrettably.
There is no easy way out of financial difficulties. It takes a steely determination and lots of work - whether you are the bread-winner or a homemaker. It helps if you and your spouse are on the same page, but if not, you'll have to resort to being more creative and resourceful.
So my message to you today is this -- dare to be different. Recommit to becoming a frugal expert - no matter how many times you have fallen off the bandwagon. Continue to learn and put that knowledge to use.
Pray and pay, as Laine from Laine's Letters used to say. Look for the beauty in each day...it's there. Take joy in the simple pleasures. Love on and laugh with your husband and children. Worrying about what you cannot change never helped one out of a situation.
Be willing to work with all your might. Eat real, simple food. Barter. Buy second-hand when possible. Learn to do as much as you can yourself. Be proud of your accomplishments and little successes.
Be generous. If you don't have money to give, give in other ways. A listening ear, a ride to the market, or a meal. Simplify your life. Make sure you and your family's needs are met first. And lastly, make the decision to never give up!
For more inspiration, check out my book How To Create Abundance at Home.
We can do this!
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