December in Words + Money

snowman and drum decor
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Praises

  1. We were not sick on Christmas! Sure, we got sick the next day, but for the first year since I can remember (with kids), we were healthy for Thanksgiving AND Christmas. It was so lovely!
  2. As my kids get older, buying them gifts is more exciting because I know them and what will truly delight them. It’s a joy to watch their eyes light up.
  3. God was swift in closing the door to Madison. He’ll do as he pleases with our lives, but I’m very thankful that we didn’t live in a perpetual holding pattern for months and months.
  4. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel: Roger is so close to turning 4! Three has been rough. Sometimes, he even acts like a human. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  5. Bought a smartwatch! A friend confirmed what I suspected: since getting a smartwatch, she pulls out her phone less, especially as she’s choosy about which apps connect to it. Matt suggested we just dive in and buy one since my Fitbit died. I’ve only had it two days and already see its usefulness in keeping my eyes off a screen.

Books

I’ve talked already about these a bit and will be talking about them more, I’m sure:

12wayssumofsmall

I also read most ofย Refinery29 Money Diaries: Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Your Finances… and Everyone Else’sย by Lindsey Stanberry. I love the online column that anonymously features a week in spending money from millenial women in different income brackets and locations.

If you can get over some foul language, the book and column are both fascinating and funny. My favorite was the comment section after a girl insisted she cared deeply about ethical buying…and then kept stealing from her local co-op by putting cheap price stickers on expensive bulk products.

Psst! I’m sending out my monthly newsletter today, talking about some hopes and plans I have for 2019. If you’d like to join me (and I hope you will!), click here to sign up. I’ll even send you a FREE jump start guide to buying more ethical clothes as a thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Articles

Lauren Daigle and the Lost Art of Discernment from The Atlantic discusses how the “early Christian church strove to practice discernment with patience” and how today’s culture (inside the church and out) leaves no room for uncertainty.

This piece dives into how the library proved a feast to a little girl who could check out all the books she wanted, especially since in every other area of life she was told “no” or limited. A very sweet read.

I’ve been of the mind for some years now, but we need to say it louder and put money behind the idea: college is not for everyone–learning a skilled trade is the best fit for many, and we desperately need them.

According to this piece from the Gospel Coalition, I’m not the only one to struggle with food as an idol.

Google Searches/Rabbit Holes

YNAB

YouTube before and after weight loss transformations (New Year’s and its bent toward resolutions is obviously on my mind…)

Money

I bought an eyeshadow palette and…a lot of junk food with my spending money. XD Might not keep tracking my spending money as it isn’t very interesting. Tracking clothing purchases, however might be more useful as they require more thought and will help me calculate age, cost-per-wear, and other nerdy things like that.

I would love to hear what you’ve been up to or loving this month!

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