5.18.2014

Many are the Plans in a Person's Heart...(part 1)

But it is the Lord's purpose that prevails (proverbs 13:11). Friends, I am a living testament to this! It has been quite a while since my last post, however:
This time I am NOT apologizing.
This time I stopped and LISTENED to my heart and yes the Lord's purpose for me.
This time I am coming back refreshed, vibrant, and at peace with where  "The Nifty Thrifty Lady" is and will go.



Truth: I am a mother to two boys, that is the main reason that I am on hiatus from working. To take care of them and experience all the things I missed out on working full time with my oldest son.  Well, let just say that I was not doing a very good job of this for the past year. It has been a very hard transition for me from working outside the home to staying home. I thought it would be the easiest gig ever! Play, clean, cook, enjoy hobbies, piece of cake right? Wrong!! I am a highly motivated person when working outside the home. At work deadlines are created by a client, boss, ect. at home, Deadlines are only good for bills. At work you should probably smell good, be dressed in at least jeans, and socialize with people around your own age with around the same interest, at home showering is a treat, getting real clothes on even to venture to the school drop off lane is a bonus, and adult socialization is unfortunately husband and wife and in general that is very stuffy. So yeah if you can't tell I was not in a good place staying home, even though that is ALL I wanted to do!

I dived head first into the blog, I gave myself deadlines for posts and the workshop, I attended networking meetings to make myself get dressed and met like minded people for some adult interaction. It was great! But guess what, all of this meant  finding a sitter for my little guy, blogging and preparing until the early hours of the morning and not wanting to wake up to get my oldest off to school. I put in the bare minimum cleaning the house, communicating with my husband, and even my school work was left in the dust.

Then. Then my grams got sick. Not terminally sick. Just ill to where she can not drive. This was my tipping point. I was now not only responsible for my own family, blog, and school but caring for her and transporting her to and from places. 



Truth: I love my grams to death so I have no problem doing it. It just put a wrench in my oh so important "deadlines" and meetings!

I Think I Can. I KNOW I can pull this all off! I have to be this generations "supermom".

STOP! My body, mind, and soul was begging me to stop. So were my kids and husbands, my friends would have if I would every make time to talk to them.

Truth: I stopped blogging, studying, cleaning, caring about anything Yes, I even stopped couponing!. I went from "Superwomen" to "no-one-wants-to-be-that-women"

Truth: I couldn't find my place as a "Stay at home mom" until I went to a women's conference in April. It was a super quick conference, I went with 2 friends and stayed the night. The theme for the conference was to Shine away from Church. But that was not what I got from it. I finally found my place as women. No, this is not a testimony. But if you would like to hear that I would share. The speaker (Kim Sharp) spoke about breaking and when you are at your lowest you have to set priorities. 

HELLO! I talk about priorities all the time~ financial ones though. It hit me so hard it almost hurt, actually  it did hurt my heart a lot when I realized I had been given this amazing opportunity to stay home with my guys. Not every family can do this. God blessed me with knowing how to budget and being thrifty so one day our family could have me home. He gave me the hard working husband I have not so I could make up fictitious deadlines but so I can honor him and be the best mom/wife I can be!

You may have stopped reading because this has nothing to do with saving money. I am okay with that. This is MY blog :) and while I love all of the followers and friends that I have met through this blog I want to write and share what I want!

So The Nifty Thrifty Lady WILL continue.

It will just no longer my top priority. There will be no structured schedule. I will be posting anything from couponing deals to DIY to rants and family outings. Whatever my heart desires. My mission purpose is still to live a fun,  frugal, and balanced life. Just a lot more emphasis on balanced.

It is so invigorating not having to be bogged down with a blog schedule, I feel more productive and inspired to actually share projects I have and ideas that are new!
There you have it folks.
My purpose is to be a frugal mama, Mom, first, Frugal blogger (after, wife, believer, granddaughter, friend, and sister) so like 6th maybe?
Tell me that I am not the only one that has ever taken this long to enjoy staying home or finding the meaning to their life?! Tell me your experiences in the comments!  

Stay tuned for Part 2 to see all of things I have been up to!