7 compelling CONS of the 9-5 daily grind

I didn’t always dread the 9-5 daily grind. As far as I knew, that was exactly what we were all supposed to do after finishing school.

 

A picture for compelling cons of the 9-5 daily grindPhoto by Cadeau Maestro from Pexels

 

I did get into the grind when I graduated university. I was ecstatic because it my first time holding that much money.

But it soon got to me that the 9-5 daily grind wasn’t something I wanted to do. I couldn’t imagine continuing with it for the rest of my life.

But I left that first job not because I wanted to quit the 9-5 daily grind. Rather, it was because I had an opportunity I wanted to seize.

The opportunity ended up falling through before I even started. I sat at home looking for another job to no avail.

As I write this, I haven’t had any other job since that first job. But am I still looking? Absolutely not! Do I still want to get back to the 9-5 daily grind? Not even if I was paid a million dollar salary.

So what changed? Here are the cons of going back to the 9-5 daily grind.

 

  • Con #1: The 9-5 daily grind gives you only a limited chance to grow

As soon as you’ve been trained for your job, that’s it. You are at it for years before you get a promotion, that is, if you get one at all.

That happened to me. I reached a point at my first job where I felt like I’d learnt all I could learn in my position and I felt stuck.

 

  • Con #2: The 9-5 daily grind rarely challenges you.

If you don’t like being challenged, then I guess the daily grind is for you. But I know the majority of people like to feel challenged.

And the 9-5 daily grind will challenge you when you first arrive. After that, even the task you felt was the most difficult when you began, you can now do with your eyes closed.

Have you ever felt like that?

 

  • Con #3:  The 9-5 daily grind usually means you have to answer to someone, and that’s not the way to live.

For me it wasn’t that I had a problem respecting authority or taking instructions.

But it gets to a point where you know you’ve had enough of all the commands and being barked at occasionally.

It helps if you have a decent boss. If you don’t, you are in trouble.

Now that I’m my own boss, I don’t have to worry about that any more. Read my post on the truth about being your own boss.

 

  • Con #4: The 9-5 daily grind can make you less happy

And we know that’s detrimental to our journey of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle.

It makes sense. Why would you be happier working on someone else’s clock, being told what to do and what not to do for the better part of the day?

If you are less happy in your job, then it’s time to make a change. I recommend 17 simple things you must do to become happier.

 

  • Con #5: The 9-5 daily grind can dampen your own goals and dreams

You exchange those for your bosses’ goals and dreams. Everything you do must be to fulfill someone else’s dream.

While a simple healthy lifestyle requires healthy relationships in which you learn to put the needs of others before your own, you should remember that you can’t begin to do that successfully if you’ve neglected your own needs.

You can’t fix someone else’s life when yours is in shambles. And you can’t usher someone to a destination you’ve never been to yourself.

So, fulfill your own goals and dreams, or at least work toward doing that so you can know how to help others.

 

  • Con #6: The 9-5 daily grind invites social pressure

You know what I mean. Now that you have that job, you feel forced to meet people’s expectations and fit into the stereotype of a working individual.

You have to have that bigger house even though you don’t need it, buy that bigger car even though the one you have is still working for you, put your kids into the more expensive schools, eat at fine restaurants, get married, have kids, etc.

You are expected to do that because those things are expected from those who have jobs.

You stop living life the way you want and have to live it the way everyone else wants.

Read my post on do you have the guts to live life on your own terms?

Also read my post on how to stop comparing yourself to others.

 

  • Con #7: The 9-5 daily grind invites financial pressure

And if you are serious about enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle, then you need to stop making money an issue.

The financial pressure comes from wanting to make a show of the working person you are by spending more money than you have.

The loans will only bury you alive. Don’t be afraid to be honest with yourself about what you can and can’t afford.

Don’t tie your worth to any item. And refuse to be forced into financially burdening yourself.

Live debt-free with these 7 easy tips.

 

The final word

Of course I’m not saying people should quit the 9-5 daily grind. I’d never say that. People are different. Maybe the 9-5 daily grind works for you. Then go ahead and enjoy it.

Or maybe you are like me and you’ve had enough of it. Then there’s absolutely nothing wrong with stepping away to try your hand at something else.

As long as we do things that make us happier than we are now without trampling on anyone else’s rights, then we are on the right track to enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle and we should keep going, encouraging each other on our journey.

 

 

Thank you for reading this post. What are your thoughts on it? Does the 9-5 daily grind work for you? Then please share your experiences with us. If it doesn’t work for you, also share with us.

 

 

 

 

Cultivate success everyday with these 7 effective tips

If you want to cultivate success in your everyday life, then you are in the right place.

Stick with me because I’m about to give you tips on how you can do that. Your life is about to become better and simpler than you ever imagined.

 

A picture for cultivate success in your everyday lifePhoto by Gerd Altmann from Pexels

 

Before I embarked on my journey of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle, I felt more like a failure than a success.

That made sense because there was a lot I wanted to have achieved but hadn’t. My goals were still not yet achieved and my dreams not yet lived.

I was just a failure trying everyday to salvage what was left of my energy to try to make something of myself.

I’m sure a lot of people can relate to this. The world has created a definition of success that only a few of us can meet. The rest of us feel like failures everyday.

What does success mean to you? Because your definition of success will determine if you can cultivate success everyday in your life or not.

OK, here are the tips to cultivate success in your everyday life.

 

  • Tip #1: Re examine your values, or identify them for the first time

Values are vital if you want to cultivate success in your everyday life. Your values basically define what’s most important to you.

Many of us would like to think we have values. But if we get asked about them,  in a job interview for instance; we go blank.

Now is the time to be clear about what your values are. And you can’t know what your values are if you don’t know yourself.

So, get to know yourself, being honest with yourself about what’s most important to you. Not to someone else but to you. Not to your parents, or spouse, or boss, or best friend but to you.

6 useful tips to know yourself better is a must read.

 

  • Tip # 2: So then, redefine success

Success means different things to different people. What I define as success might not be success to you, and vice versa.

So what does success mean to you? Forget about the definitions you’ve heard from other people, and I’m sure you’ve heard more than an earful.

What does success mean to you? What does it mean to you to feel successful? To me it means to live my values everyday.

You should have clear answers to these questions if you want to cultivate success in your everyday life.

 

  • Tip #3: Read the word of God

Simply because it’s the perfect manual for your life, especially as you try to cultivate success.

God says in many places that you are precious, and your value to him has nothing to do with the net worth that the world has attached to your name.

Go on, read the word of God and realize that you are the most important of God’s creation.

Hebrews 2 v 8: …God has put everything under our power and has not left anything out of our power… (CEV)

1 John 5 v 4: Every child of God can defeat the world, and our faith is what gives us this victory. (CEV)

2 Corinthians 2 v 14: …In the Messiah, in Christ, God leads us from place to place in one perpetual victory parade… (MSG)

There are many more verses that define you as successful. Open the word of God and meditate on it.

If you have trouble understanding your bible, I recommend 6 easy tips to help you understand your bible.

Ask God to reveal the true meaning of success to you as you pray to him. Read these 10 easy tips to improve your prayer life.

 

  • Tip #4: Remove money as an issue

This tip must actually come first if you want to cultivate success in your everyday life.

People have given money power it doesn’t deserve. If you define success in terms of money, as in, you feel most successful when you have a lot of money then you are going to have a problem because what happens when you are not making as much money as you think is necessary to make you a successful person?

True success has nothing to do with money. In fact, completely remove money from the equation because it has no place in the definition of success.

In the past few months I’ve been learning to remove money as an issue and to live on less and less money everyday. Soon, I’ll dedicate an entire post to that.

But in the meantime, forget about your bank balances and how much you are making at your job. Cultivate success by removing money as an issue.

 

  • Tip #5: Recognize and appreciate that your best tools for success are free

If you want to cultivate success in your life, then you need not worry about resources because the best resources are given free of charge.

Have you noticed that nature’s best gifts are not bought with money but are freely available to everyone?

The sun shines on both the rich and the poor, as do the moon and the stars. The rain pours down on the soils of both the rich and the poor, and flora and fauna is for everyone’s eyes.

After all that, there’s nothing more magical. If we have all these free of charge, then we all have success at our disposal.

 

  • Tip #6: Live life on your own terms.

This is crucial if you want to cultivate success in your life. In fact, I have an entire post called do you have the guts to live life on your own terms? You have to check it out.

Refuse to compare yourself to others by reading how to stop comparing yourself to others.

Your definition of success doesn’t have to align with anyone else’s definitions, even when you seem to be the only one with your definition.

Don’t be tempted to do what everyone else is doing because you think it’s the right and only way to cultivate success in your everyday life. Stick to your guns about what success means to you.

 

  • Tip #7: Choose to enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle

This tip is the main reason behind this entire blog. We should all aspire to enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle because it’s our right as children of God.

Let’s do away with the complicated human philosophies that have robbed us of our joy and success, and replace those with the simple key components of food and diet, exercise, personal development, healthy relationships and spirituality.

There’s nothing complicated about living these key elements. They are all simple and can be enjoyed by everyone.

I recommend the following posts so you can remind yourself of these key components of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle:

A simple healthy lifestyle requires a good diet

A simple healthy lifestyle requires exercise

A simple healthy lifestyle requires healthy relationships

A simple healthy lifestyle requires spirituality

 

The final word

For a long time I was deceived into believing I wasn’t successful just because I was lacking in some areas.

We are all human, so you can be lacking in some areas, many areas, and still be successful. Refuse to wait until you are perfect so you can feel successful because you’ll be waiting forever.

Instead redefine and cultivate success everyday by making it achievable.

 

Thank you for reading this post. Please share your thoughts with us about what it means to cultivate success in your everyday life.

7 easy steps to help you find rest in God

In your everyday life, you must strive to find rest in God.

Otherwise you take the weight of the world on your shoulders and let me tell you, that’s a battle you are certainly going to lose.

 

A picture for steps to find rest in GodPhoto by eberhard grossgasteiger from Pexels

 

What does it mean to find rest in God?

It means resting in God while you do your daily work.

A lot of people misunderstand the phrase ‘to find rest in God’ to mean that they fold their hands, sit back and retire from work.

No, it doesn’t mean that. In fact, the scenario above defines laziness. And the bible sternly warns us against becoming lazy.

Instead, to find rest in God means not worrying about anything while you do what you have to do. You are relaxed as you go about your daily hassle, trusting God to take care of you.

It’s important to find rest in God because only then can he make a move in your life. God won’t compete with you. So while you are struggling to make everything happen on your own, he’ll sit back and watch you.

But as soon as you cast your care on him, let him know and show him that you trust him for your provision, then he’ll take care of you.

 

So how do you find rest in God?

  • Step #1: Read his word

By now you should know that God’s word is the ultimate truth. You can’t successfully maneuver through life outside of his word and his counsel.

Read my post on a simple healthy lifestyle requires spirituality.

Immerse yourself in the word and let it carve itself into your heart. Live by it. Things might seem impossible but that’s according to your understanding, which is far from sufficient.

Proverbs 3 v 5: Trust in the Lord with all you heart. Never rely on what you think you know. (GNB)

Proverbs 3 v 5: Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. (MSG)

Proverbs 3 v 5: Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (KJV)

Those are just three translations of the same verse. There are many more translations for your convenience so you can find rest in God.

If you have trouble understanding the bible, read my post on 6 easy tips to help you understand your bible.

 

  • Step #2: Pray

All along I’ve been making the mistake of lumping prayer and word study into one step.

But there are a lot of people who diligently and faithfully read the word, but then fail to pray, hence I’m putting prayer on its own category.

Prayer is effective because it’s your communication with God. Find rest in God by asking for his help.

Remember that prayer is a two way street. So remember to listen to what God is saying instead of you talking the entire time.

Read my post on 10 easy tips to improve your prayer life.

Also read this post on 5 ways to position yourself to hear from God.

 

  • Step #3: Be productive

This is a very important step.

Like I said earlier, to find rest in God doesn’t mean to be inactive or to cease working. It means to trust God while you are working.

Now, we must remember to be productive at all times. Productivity is not only important when you are doing your office job, or your studying. It’s also important and applicable in your leisure time.

So, do the best you can in the job that pays your bills, and do the best you can in your leisure time.  Do your day job, and in your leisure time, entertain yourself in the word, meditating on it until God’s promise of rest echoes in every fiber of your being.

Read my post on 8 effective but simple strategies to be productive.

Also read my post on this is what you didn’t know about meditation.

 

  • Step #4: Remove money as an issue

I know money is at the center of everything, and is the cause of stress for most people. But it’s very possible to live a simple healthy lifestyle with less than what you are spending right now.

Don’t be one of those people who work themselves to the bone just so they can afford unnecessary expenses.

Lead a minimalistic life that removes money as an issue and you’ll definitely find rest in God. Don’t be obsessed with money because that’s a burden that will separate you from God.

Hebrews 13 v 5: Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never leave you; I will never abandon you.” (GNB)

Read my post on here’s the truth you didn’t know about money so you can know the real place of money in your life.

 

Step #5: Be of service to others

Reaching out to others always works the trick of making you less self-absorbed.

Sometimes you think you are struggling, and then you take one look at someone else’s life and you realize there are people with bigger problems out there.

So, in your journey to find rest in God, focus less on yourself and more on others. Give whatever you think you don’t have enough of; your money, your time, your resources. This will make you feel richer and more fortunate.

Read my tips on 8 important tips to be more generous.

 

Step #6: Find a support system

You will remember that a simple healthy lifestyle requires healthy relationships.

Your support system must be people who love God. They must have found rest in God or aiming to find rest in God.

Your support system can’t be that pessimistic friend who worries about every little thing.

But it can be your family, your work colleagues, your friends, or your local church.

 

Step #7: Be grateful

This is very important. When you are trying to find rest in God, it’s easy to become selfish and think all about yourself and what you are trying to achieve.

Realize at this very moment that you already have God’s blessings with you. You are alive and that’s more important than anything else. Be grateful for that and many more things that are going on in your life.

I have a post on are you aware of God’s blessings for you?

Take it a step further by being grateful for your challenges because they teach you a lot.

If you read the word of God, you’ll notice that he calls for us to be grateful.

Philippians 4 v 6: Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart. (GNB)

So, instead of complaining in your prayers, offer thanksgiving to God who continues to give us more than we deserve. Gratitude is a virtue we all must work hard to possess.

 

The final word

We need to strive to find rest in God. It’s the only way we’ll survive this hyperactive, stressed world.

Let’s not be lazy but do all that the word says we must do to find rest in God. Then we’ll have the kind of peace we won’t even be able to explain to those around us, and we can help them achieve that peace too.

 

Thank you for reading this post. What are your own steps to find rest in God? Please share with us by commenting.

7 surprising benefits of tithing you didn’t know about

If you are like me, you’re probably wondering about the benefits of tithing. I have to say, I only just started tithing, and it has already changed my life in a way I’m about to share with you.

 

A picture of money for benefits of tithing

 

Maybe you feel protective over your money. There’s nothing wrong with that. We work so hard for our money that we should be careful of how we spend every piece of it.

Do you feel like tithing is one of those things that just eat away at your hard earned money? I used to believe that, and for years I didn’t tithe because I believed I was giving away my money to money-grabbing preachers.

I couldn’t stand that thought. And Christianity has become so extravagant that this didn’t help matters. All these preachers who are living the high life and yet doing so little to help those around them.

All the new christian churches coming up everyday with fancy names. I always thought, why do we have to break from one church to form another if we are really after one God?

All those things just clouded my mind and my attitude toward tithing. But I’ve come to learn the following benefits of tithing that will make you want to start tithing.

 

  • Benefit #1: Tithing shows that you trust God more than you trust your money

This is one of the benefits of tithing that you probably already know, but it’s worth repeating. Tithing lets God know that you trust him and don’t trust on your money to take care of you.

It shows you realize and appreciate that he’s the one giving you the strength to do the work you do, and therefore you are so thankful that you want to give back some of your harvest to him.

But we don’t directly give our money to God. Meaning God doesn’t reach out his hand and accept the money from me. The money goes into the hands of the preacher and that’s what used to bother me. Which brings me to the second benefit.

But before I go there, I hope you start recognizing the demonstration of your trust in God as one of the benefits of tithing.

 

  • Benefit #2: Tithing shows that you trust God more than you trust your preacher

Not to sound negative about preachers. But we all know that false ones continue to emerge in staggering numbers.

If you are worried that by tithing you’ll just be feeding a greedy preacher, then you are in good company.

Like I said, I worried about that too. But remember that your primary reason for tithing is to demonstrate to God your trust in him. Now, it doesn’t matter who accepts the money from you.

If the preacher takes your money to feed his flamboyant lifestyle, then take comfort in knowing that that’s between him and God.

Just because the preacher used your money for selfish reasons doesn’t cancel your tithing. You know why you are tithing and you remain in right standing with God.

So next time you find yourself worrying about whether or not your tithe is going to fall into the right hands, know you are tithing to God. That definitely counts as one of the benefits of tithing.

 

  • Benefit #3: Tithing makes you content with what you have

And really, contentment with your life is the key to a fulfilled life and one of the great benefits of tithing. When you are content you don’t have to worry about having that sixth car or that bigger house.

Read my post on how to stop comparing yourself to others,  and 6 useful tips to know yourself better. You’ll also be interested in: Do you have the guts to live life on your own terms?

Instead of worrying, you thank God for what you have. By tithing, you are saying that you are so content with what you have that you are willing to give to God.

Just think about it. If you feel like you want more money, then you can never tithe because then tithing becomes counterproductive.

But if you celebrate what God has already given you, you tithe cheerfully and gratefully.

 

  • Benefit #4: Tithing improves your finances

Like I said above, you might think tithing is counterproductive because you are taking money out of your pocket when the money should be coming in.

But tithing helps you improve your finances in that you learn to live within your means. That ties into the contentment we spoke about above.

If you are content with what you have, then it follows that you’ll not feel the need to have more money to buy things you think you need.

People who tithe are always better at budgeting and managing their finances than people who don’t tithe. So, this is another one of the great benefits of tithing to think about.

 

  • Benefit #5: Tithing makes you feel rich

This is similar to benefit #4. But by making you feel rich, I mean literally feeling like you have more than you actually have.

You can try this immediately. Next time you feel lack, maybe in your finances, reach into your wallet, pull out some money, even if it’s just a little bit, and help someone else.

This will immediately put you over your current financial status by making you see and believe you have more than the other person. That will definitely make you feel rich.

With so many people feeling in lack today, I count this as one of the great benefits of tithing.

 

  • Benefit #6: Tithing  makes you joyful

This benefit is similar to the one about contentment. But it goes beyond contentment into joy. The joy comes from knowing you trust God wholeheartedly and that you released your harvest to benefit someone else.

Now that I’ve started tithing, my joy comes from knowing that with the little that I contribute, I’m helping to build a church that will accommodate more people than it does now, a church that will contribute to the salvation of many. Being joyful is definitely one of the great benefits of tithing.

 

  • Benefit #7: Tithing opens up many spiritual doors for you

You’ll remember that spirituality is one of the key components of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle. Read my post on a simple healthy lifestyle requires spirituality.

Tithing elevates your spirit in an amazing way and this is one of the great benefits of tithing. You feel a connection to God and humanity on a level higher than that experienced by people who don’t tithe.

While tithing should definitely not be misunderstood as something to do to buy God’s love and favor, tithing allows you to enjoy many blessings not enjoyed by people who don’t tithe.

Putting your trust in God elevates you to enjoy your intimate relationship with him at a higher level.

Read my post on 6 easy steps to stay connected to your spirituality.

 

The final word

The benefits of tithing are not to be taken lightly. If you tithe faithfully and willingly, you’ll reap the benefits above and many more.

Trust God enough to know that he’s taking care of you. Remember that he gives you the strength to work hard for the money you have and it’s not by your own effort.

Most importantly, never feel forced to tithe. Tithing should be done willingly and cheerfully.

 

Thank you for reading this post. What are your feelings and thoughts on the post? What do you think are the benefits of tithing? Please let us know by commenting.

The truth about being your own boss

Being your own boss is very rewarding. Of course the challenge in it stems from the fact that when you are your own boss, you hold the reigns of your life. You hold the key to every dream you have. You have your goals in your hand, and whether or not you get to achieve those goals is completely up to you, and you alone.

 

A picture for the truth about being your own boss

 

Being my own boss has always appealed to me, but it was talk like this that always made me second-guess myself when it came to if I could really do it. And yet surprisingly, the truth is a that a lot of people think working for someone else is harder than being your own boss.

No, that’s not true at all. Working for someone else is easier because you are sure of your pay as long as you follow the rules that have been laid out for you.

If you come into work on time, you do all your tasks before their deadlines are up, you have no problem taking instructions and cooperating with the authority, then you are sure to get paid at the end of the month.

If you get sick sometime during the month and have to stay home, you are still sure to get paid as long as your bosses know your sick leave is legitimate.

All you do when you work for someone else is show up at work, do your job to the best of your ability and get paid. You are sure to get paid whether or not the business makes profit.

 

But being your own boss is different in that in addition to showing up at work, you don’t get paid if the business doesn’t make profit. In fact, you stand to lose a lot if the business fails.

If you get sick sometime during the month and have to stay home, then the business stays sick and home with you, as long as you work alone. That means you are temporarily not making money for as long as you are not working.

Now, this full-time requirement of being your own boss is one of the things that scare some people away from being their own bosses. I know it used to scare me too.

I became my own boss accidentally. When I left my job in 2014, my intention was to go back to school. When that failed I found myself sitting at home with no money. I spent 2 years looking for another job and trying to go back to my previous one to no avail.

I finally managed to start my own business and become my own boss. I am my own boss right now.

Like I said above, being your own boss is not easy. You have to be determined to make things work. You have to exercise the kind of discipline that will get you working tirelessly on your goals, the kind of discipline many people are not patient enough to learn and master.

Here’s the truth about being your own boss that I didn’t get to know until I became my own boss.

 

  • Being your own boss teaches you patience

If you are serious about being your own boss, and you work hard at it, you learn to become patient. That’s because things might not come as quickly as you’d hoped and because you know quitting is not an option, you learn to wait patiently for things to come to pass.

 

  • Being your own boss is rewarding but not glamorous

Just because it’s rewarding doesn’t make it glamorous. Imagine being sick and being afraid to stay away from work because you know if you stay away from work you won’t be able to make money.

Usually at the beginning of your journey of being your own boss, you are working alone. That means you are in charge of everything from finances to marketing.

That’s a lot of work that leaves you wiped out at the end of the day and frustrated at most times before things begin to pick up. And they might take a long time to pick up.

 

  • Being your own boss makes you more aware of the passing time

I never realized how fast the days and the years go by until I became my own boss and decided to make it count.

While everyone else is looking forward to the end of the year so they can enjoy the festive season and get ready for the new year, I literally want to stop the hands of time just so I can have more to do before I take stock of my life at the end of the year.

I feel like I have so much to do and very little time. Now I have a new schedule in which I focus on my relationship with God from 8am to 12noon, then work on my blog from 12noon to 6pm and then work on my ebook from that time until I retire to bed at 09:25pm.

Now all of a sudden it feels like the day has been reduced from 24 hours to maybe 8. Right now its 05:27pm. I’ve been sitting here since 07:45am and yet I feel like I just sat down to work. That’s how quickly time passes when you are your own boss.

 

  • Being your own boss means the rewards can be slow to come

You might be cash strapped for a very long time, and for many people that’s just unbearable. When money comes into the business, you think about paying everyone else first before you pay yourself and sometimes after you finish paying everyone else, there’s nothing left for you to pay yourself.

Now we know you are supposed to pay yourself first if you dream of having any savings or investing. But if there’s not enough money left in your business account after you pay yourself, then you’ll definitely find yourself in trouble with your suppliers and everyone else carrying your business. And that’s not something you want to happen.

 

  • Being your own boss makes you less self-focused

You know you need to put a lot of emphasis on your personal development, your exercise, food and diet, healthy relationships and spirituality if you want to enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle.

But being your own boss can take the focus away from these important things. If you find yourself swamped with work and a lot of responsibilities, taking care of yourself can feel like the last priority.

It’s not uncommon to find a self-employed person who’s in poor health. That’s because when you are your own boss and you don’t make a conscious effort to enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle, you can get lost in the melee of your work and suffer for it.

 

Being your own boss definitely rearranges your priorities

There was a time when I used to care a lot about my fashion sense. When I was working the 9-5, I made it a point to always look polished. With my salary I bought new clothes, makeup, hair extensions and all that.

If you see me now, you’ll hardly believe I’m the same person. The last time I bought hair extensions was 4 years ago. I go for weeks without putting on makeup and I haven’t bought a new piece of clothing in 4 years with the exception of winter socks I bought in April 2017.

In an effort to save money, I’ve stopped going to the salon and I do my own hair. The hairstyle I have now is pathetic because I’m still learning to do my own hair. But I’m determined to make this work so I’ll keep this shabby appearance until I know my business is on track.

Right now my priority is on the business, keeping it afloat and getting it to return some money to me. That’s what I care about.

 

Being your own boss makes you impervious to people’s judgements

Unless you are a people pleaser and not very sure about being your own boss. Because if you really want to be your own boss, then you don’t care what other people say about you, whether to you or behind your back.

I used to care about people’s opinions of me. I’d get depressed if someone said anything remotely negative about me, to me or to someone else. I’d be more concerned about making people like me than I was about actually being myself.

Now, I couldn’t care less what people think of me. I’m saying that because I love people and I always try to be friendly and helpful to everyone. So whoever doesn’t like me, that’s none of my business.

Being your own boss will make you grow a thick skin when it comes to dealing with people, and pretty much everything else.

 

The final word

Being your own boss is the best thing you can do for yourself. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with working for someone else. After all, the world wouldn’t work if we were all our own bosses.

But if you are thinking of being your own boss and you wonder if it’s worth it, the answer is, YES, it’s totally worth it. Go for it, keep at it, never look back and you’ll reap the rewards of your choice.

Being your own boss is not as hard as you think. Find something you love doing and turn it into a business. We all have talents. What’s yours? Use your talent to benefit those around you and love every minute of doing it. I talk about 10 important steps to discover and develop your talent.

 

If you want to assess the progress you are making in being your own boss, then read this post on 12 signs you are making progress in your life.

 

Thank you for reading this post. I feel like I’m in a better position to have something to say about this topic after having a taste of working for someone else and then being my own boss.

What about you? Are you your own boss? Or maybe you aren’t but you are thinking of being your own boss? Please share your story with us by commenting. Thank you.

 

The following will definitely interest you:

So you want to be your own boss by entrepreneur.com

5 essentials for succeeding when you become your own boss by entrepreneur.com

5 steps to becoming your own boss by wework.com

Watch less TV with these easy tactics

You can do a lot more with your life if you watch less TV. But saying that is a lot harder than actually doing it, and TV almost always wins in the end. So what should you do if you want to watch less TV so you can free up some time to do more important things?

 

A picture for easy tactics to watch less TV

 

  • Start by cutting down on the time you spend watching TV

If you want to watch less TV but you are currently watching a lot, then start by cutting down on the amount of time you spend watching TV.

Sometimes suddenly going cold turkey can backfire on you. So take things slowly, step by step until you are satisfied that you watch less TV.

 

  • Switch the TV off

Yes, switch it off. You can’t watch it if it’s off. Don’t yield to the temptation to switch it on again. If you live with your family who want to watch TV, then simply leave the room when they switch it on. You can’t go wrong with this tactic if you want to watch less TV.

 

  • Limit the TV to the living room

You can’t watch less TV if you have TVs scattered all over your house. Some people even have it in the kitchen. Some in the bedroom. That’s preposterous. Limit the TV to the living room.

 

  • Sell your TV/give it away/don’t buy it if you don’t have any

Yes, get rid of your TV and don’t buy it if you don’t have any. You’ll be doing yourself a favor in saving your time and money.

It might be hard at first getting used to living in a house without a TV, but once you get used to it, you’ll be grateful you don’t have it.

 

  • Fill your days with productive events

Read, exercise, visit a friend, volunteer. Just do something worthwhile with your time so you don’t miss watching TV.  If you are busy doing these amazing things, you’ll definitely watch less TV.

Work on achieving your own goals, on discovering your talents. Read this post on 10 important steps to discover and develop your talent.

 

  • Spend less time on the internet

Sometimes I get so self-righteous as to say I never watch TV. Yet I watch comedies on my laptop in my office. That’s hypocritical and stupid. I should stop doing that.

The internet can waste your time just as much as the TV in your house, if not more. If you are watching a comedy on TV and on the internet, it’s still the same comedy and it’s still a waste of time. So spend less time on the internet and by doing that, you watch less TV.

 

  • Don’t use TV as a reward

Don’t even tell your mind TV can be a reward because it can’t. Don’t sit for two hours in front of the TV and say you are rewarding yourself for working hard on your project. You can’t watch less TV if you tell your mind watching TV is so pleasurable you can’t wait to be rewarded again.

 

  • Don’t buy cable

Don’t fill your TV with tempting programs that will keep you glued to it and work against your mission to watch less TV. Limiting your choices means less temptation and this can help you watch less TV.

 

  • Don’t follow any TV program

That’s what I told my brother the other day. I told him that I didn’t want to watch an episode of Bold and Beautiful because then I’d want to watch it again the next day, thanks to the cliffhanger endings.

If you want to watch less TV, then don’t follow any TV program. If you have to watch TV, and really you don’t, then sit down to watch something with no continuity, like a movie.

 

  • Spend your days outside the house

Sometimes the temptation to watch TV comes because you are inside the house all day. If you want to watch less TV, get out of the house, even if it’s just to sit outside in the shade. Spending your days outdoor beats spending them indoor any day.

 

The final word

If you are really serious about enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle, you are going to have to watch less TV. The truth is, TV has no place in our lives and we can manage without it. In fact, our lives are better without it.

You might think TV is full of entertainment, but think about the intention behind that entertainment: It’s to keep your eyes glues to the TV so that you can’t do anything else. You are watching people live their lives and make money.

Instead, get up from that couch, switch off that TV, go out and realize your own dreams and create your own life. Tomorrow when you reap the rewards of your hard work and focus, you’ll be glad you made the decision to watch less TV and acted on it.

 

Thank you for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed it and it gave you practical tactics of how you can watch less TV.  Tell us about your own tactics by commenting.

 

I highly recommend these wonderful posts if you want more tactics to watch less TV:

6 steps to remove TV from your life by lifehack.org

How I overcame TV addiction, reclaimed my life and gained two months per year by michaeldpollock.com

 

Live debt-free with these 7 easy tips

Do you want to live debt-free? Because I certainly do.

I hate it that most of us have been tricked into believing that we must take on debt in order to reach certain goals in our lives. In other words, we’ve been tricked into believing that we can somehow become free by being someone else’s debtor, and therefore slave.

 

A picture for tips to live debt-free

 

We can only enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle if we have a healthy relationship with money. I speak more about that here. And that’s why I have this post as well as other posts about money under the Relationships category.

Now, I have always hated debt. Some people say there’s such a thing as good debt, but I refuse to believe that. I believe that taking on debt is an indication that you are living above your means, and that’s never a wise thing to do.

There was an instance where I could’ve taken debt for the first time in my life. I had just been offered a place in a great school and like most people, struggling with affording my education. So I thought I might take on debt in order to be able to go to school.

My loan application was denied, and an attempt to get my brother to apply for a loan on my behalf also fell through. In the end, I couldn’t go to school.

I’ve looked back at that experience a lot since it happened, now knowing and finally believing that everything has a reason and that everything works together for the good of those that love the Lord.

Today, I look back at the course I was going to do at that school. And I can’t imagine living even a few years of my life on that career. I also realize I wanted to go back to school for all the wrong reasons. School was an escape for me from home into an independent life. And I was going about that independent life the wrong way. Succinctly put, if I’d gotten the loan, I would’ve been led into a life I didn’t even want. I would’ve made the biggest mistake of my life.

I believe many people have been led into taking on debt because somehow they thought the money would improve their lives. Unfortunately for many people, their loan applications get approved, and they never have the chance to find out that they could easily have managed their lives without the loan. Now they are stuck with the belief that indeed the loan made their lives better.

I have an elder brother who’s buried in debt. He has a great job but he doesn’t enjoy the fruits of his labor because at the end of the month, banks take their money and he’s left with little.

But is it possible to live debt-free? Of course it is.

 

Here are the 7 easy tips for you to use to live-debt free:

  • Tip #1: Live below your means.

Live below, not within your means. Living within your means will mean using up all your money. But living below your means frees up some cash for you to put toward your savings. When you build up savings and invest your money, and you have an emergency fund, you can take care of all your expenses without having to borrow, allowing you to live debt-free.

 

  • Tip #2: Always have savings and an emergency fund

Now, this tip elaborates on Tip #1. You should always have savings you can invest, and an emergency fund you can tap into when need arises. An emergency fund is usually equivalent to six months’ salary. I’d say, go beyond and make it a year’s salary.

Having an emergency fund is very important because it will ensure you take care of unexpected expenses without having to borrow money. Having an emergency fund and savings will definitely help you live debt-free.

 

  • Tip #3: Establish multiple sources of income

In this day and age more and more people are establishing multiple sources of income so they can diversify away from their salary. It’s becoming easier to find something else to do besides your regular job.

Many people are making money with online businesses, so you can also look into that and find something that suits you. Having multiple sources of income ensures you always have enough money to cover expenses and you can now live debt-free.

 

  • Tip #4: Cook your meals at home and stop eating out

Don’t roll your eyes because a lot of people are spending ridiculously large amounts of money eating out. But cooking your meals at home is a lot cheaper than eating out. This will be easy on your pocket and you’ll get to enjoy better health because you are in control of what goes into your food. Cooking meals at home will definitely help you live debt-free.

 

  • Tip #5: Drive a reasonably priced but good car

What do you need an expensive car for? Get something that suits your wallet as long as you know it can sustain you for a very long time to come.

You can get a good car that uses up less fuel but lets you enjoy all the qualities you want. And still on this issue, save to buy your car and avoid taking out a loan for it. This will work toward helping you live debt-free.

 

  • Tip #6: Do not keep up with the Joneses.

Yes, your neighbors and your friends. Turn a blind eye to how they live their lives and avoid copying what they do. If they buy a new car, that’s not a cue for you to also buy a new car, or send your daughter to that expensive school, or upgrade to a heated swimming pool. Just run your own race and this is guaranteed to ensure you don’t fall into debt. Refusing to keep up with the Joneses will help you live debt-free.

 

  • Tip #7: Avoid relationships that are based on the love of money

If you know that girl is only into you because of your fat bank account, then don’t intentionally ignore that and marry her. She’ll take your money and make you make more bad choices, including taking on debt to meet her demands.

Form relationships that are genuinely about love and not money. If you do that, you’ll avoid getting into debt. You’ll appreciate genuine relationships because they allow you to live debt-free.

 

The final word

It’s possible to live debt-free, and it doesn’t even take much. All it takes is a decision to live debt-free, and then you are well on your way to doing that. If you haven’t taken any debt yet, then don’t do it and employ the tips above. But if you are already in debt, then don’t despair. Work on paying off your debt and then employ the above tips so you can now live debt-free.

 

Thank you for reading this post. Please tell us about your debt life. Are you already in debt or you live debt-free? If you are in debt, please share how you are planning to get out of it and then stay out of it. And if you live debt-free, also share with us your tips on how you manage to live that way. Please leave your comments below.

 

To read more on this topic, read this wonderful post by zenhabits.net.

Here‘s another wonderful post by focusonthefamily.com.

Also check out this beautiful post by debtconsolidationcare.com that goes beyond tips to explaining how being debt-free can make your life better as well as the habits of people who never worry about debt.

 

Tips to save more money from a small salary

You want to save more money. And you’ve been trying for quite a while now. But with the small salary you’ve been earning for years now, it seems impossible to save more money.

We’ve all been there. But I’m about to offer you the best tips you can be sure will work, so keep reading.

 

A picture for tips to save more money from the same salary

 

It’s that time of the month when I’m budgeting for our family bills. There’s grocery to buy, water and electricity bills to pay, funeral covers, etc. This month we have to spend less than what we always do so we can save more toward our savings. So since yesterday I’ve been thinking of ways I can cut back on our expenses and save more money.

 

Here are the tips that have worked for me in the past and continue to work for me:

 

  • Tip #1: Slash your grocery bill by finding cheaper but healthy alternatives for some of your staples. You don’t have to buy the most expensive brand of pasta. And I’m not asking you to compromise quality. I’m saying there are lots of cheaper options for goods out there that are still healthy.

 

  • Tip #2: Cut off some of the food completely and instead, buy lots of cheaper vegetables and fruits. Instead of that expensive brand of pasta, ditch it altogether and buy lots of vegetables and fruits to go with your other staples. Your health will thank you.

 

  • Tip #3: Please, cut back on the bottled water. This is one of the worst wastes of your money.

 

  • Tip #4: Make your coffee at home. Again, buying ready-made coffee is just an unnecessary expense.

 

  • Tip #5: Eat out less. I know cultures are different. But in my culture, people almost never eat out. Of course now some families do, thanks to what they copy from TV, but that’s just less than 1%. The rest of us make our own meals and eat at home. I’m 31 now, and in all my 31 years, we’ve never eaten out, not once. We can bring something from the store for the family, but it’s always something too small to be counted as a meal, so we always have our home-cooked meal after eating that anyway.

 

  • Tip #6: Cut back on the junk food. Junk food can quickly raise your food bill. You can cut back on the junk food by eating more at home and less out. Like I said, in my culture we just don’t eat out. We tend to cook healthy food.

 

  • Tip #7: Arrange for a single trip to the store once a week. Instead of stopping by the store every afternoon on your way from work, just go once a week. Start by writing all that you’ll need for the whole week, remembering that you don’t even need some of the stuff. If you’ve made a mistake and experience shortage sometime during the week, it’s OK. Don’t beat yourself up over it. Go to the store and buy it but correct your mistakes next time.

 

  • Tip #8: Cut back on the clothes you buy. This one is really a no-brainer. I still get stunned by people who believe they must have a new item of clothing every month end. Why would someone do that? Buy just enough to wear. Having a closet full of clothes you’ve worn once and even forgotten about isn’t funny, not even when we see all those celebrities doing it on TV.

 

  • Tip #9: Drop your gym membership. Do you really need a gym? Almost all people who go to the gym think they do, but trust me, you don’t. You have your own body to use for exercise, so do exactly that. There’s plenty of space around you to walk, jog, do squats, pretty much everything people do at the gym, minus the equipment. But even then, remember that the fancy equipment at the gym is just an imitation of the real thing we have at our disposal at all times. You have enough things to lift at home, so you don’t need dumbbells. You don’t need the treadmill, or that stationery bike.

 

  • Tip #10: Quit drinking and smoking. Drinking and smoking take all your money. You don’t need them, in fact, you’d be better off without them, and that goes well beyond your pocket. Quit these nasty habits, save more money and enjoy better health.

 

  • Tip #11: Walk to the nearby mall instead of driving. Yes, save that gas money for something else, or to put toward your savings.

 

  • Tip #12: Learn to live only on your salary and avoid loans. Without the burden of loans, you learn to live within your means, can use your salary more wisely and save more money.

 

  • Tip #13: Buy a good second hand car, or a car that won’t deduct too much from your salary. You don’t need that fancy car. It does nothing but take from you.

 

  • Tip #14: Pay yourself first. When you get your salary, pay yourself first. And not so you can go and lavishly spend that money, but so you can put it toward your savings. Most people make a mistake of paying everyone else and then themselves last, and most of the time, after paying everyone else, there’s nothing left for you. Commit to paying yourself a set percentage of your salary every month. Then learn to work with the remainder to pay for all your other expenses. This will force you to be creative in cutting back your expenses. Believe me, this works.

 

  • Tip #15: Cut back on your cellphone bill. If you are the kind of person who always has to be calling someone else and speaking until in the end you’ve both said all you possible can and all you can exchange is ‘ya, ya” then you need to cut back on your cellphone spending. Learn to talk to people face to face more. If you have internet at home, skype. This will also help you cut back on the time you use on the phone, and now you can put that time toward something worthwhile.

 

  • Tip #16: Enjoy free entertainment. You don’t need to spend money to be entertained. Go to the park, the library, free concerts, and most importantly, learn to entertain yourself so you don’t have to look to other people to entertain you.

 

  • Tip #17: Tithe. Now, I know this sounds counter-productive. How can I expect you to take a percentage of your already little money and give it to God? But you need to understand this. Tithing is  proof of your trust in God. That he’s your creator, the one in charge of your life, your provider, your protector, your everything. By tithing, you say to God that you trust him and are willing to give back a little of all that he gives you. When you tithe, God will give you the wisdom to deal with your money, and you’ll learn to save more.

 

The final word

You don’t need more salary in order to save more money. If you are misusing your salary right now, how do you expect to save more on a larger salary? Wouldn’t you just increase your spending and still struggle to save more money? Rather, all you need to do is work with what you have now to save more. That will keep you content with your salary now instead of complaining about the salary you don’t have but wish you had. It’s very possible to save more money. Employ the above tips and you are guaranteed to smile all the way to the bank as you watch your savings grow.

 

Thank you for reading this post. I loved writing it because money has become easy for me to handle. Of course, it helps to look at it as just another resource like air instead of giving it the high place we tend to give it. These are definitely not all tips to save more money from a small salary, so please share with us your tips in the comments below.

 

Tips to learn how to budget and be successful at it

Money. It evokes different emotions for different people. We’ve heard of the good and the bad about it. We can never agree on many things about money. But I’m sure we can agree that we have to budget before we spend it.

And we have to adopt budgeting not just as a one time thing, but something to do for the rest of our lives if we are to enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle and not have money as an issue.

 

A wallet for learning how to budget and be successful at it

 

Remember: We all have a relationship with money. Whether that relationship is good or bad is entirely dependent on us. Creating a budget for your money ensures a good relationship with money. Creating a budget ensures you never have to worry about misusing money or not being able to track your spending.

Money was never something I drooled over. That was my sister’s department.  For me, from as long as I can remember, money was just a valuable resource we used every day. It wasn’t something to be loved or hated, just something to be used. And like all the other resources like water and air, money was to be used with respect.

I have to admit that seeing the need to budget didn’t come to me until I was much older. Even then, I had trouble putting it to work. It sounded easy to say: budget for your expenses before you actually incur them. But to actually do it was hard.

Everything takes practice, and patience. And I employed the same for learning how to budget and be successful at it. I’m still practicing, but I feel like I’m at a point where I can say I know where my money is going and how to best manage it. Let me share with you some tips.

 

Tip #1: Be determined to learn how to budget and be successful at it

That’s right. That’s a tip. You can’t hope to accomplish something if you are not determined to. And being determined doesn’t take a lot of action. It’s a decision, a decision that happens in a nano-second. You decide right here right now: I’m going to learn how to budget and be successful at it. There you go. You are off to a good start.

 

Tip #2: Know your expenses before you incur them

You can’t budget for something you don’t know. You have to know when your kid’s school fees will be due and how much they’ll be so you can budget for them.

Now, you can’t usually foretell what your electric or water bill will be, but you’ve paid them before. So go through your past bills to get a feel of how much you’ve been paying.

Then for this month, though you’ve been using your utilities at pretty much the same rate or quantity, make that estimate a little bit higher just to avoid surprises.

I’ll give you an example. If your water bill has been around $11 for the past three months, when you budget, put it as $15. That’s so you can cover any unexpected rise. If you end up paying $15, then that’s great because you budgeted for it. But if you end up paying that $11, it’s also great because you get to spare $4.

 

Tip #3: Cater for contingencies

This takes off from Tip #2. Always cater for the unexpected, just like in the tip above. But taking it farther, put money aside for whole expenses that don’t occur often, but are likely to come up.

For example: Put money aside in case your electric kettle suddenly quits on you. Or in case a relative calls asking for emergency money. By budgeting for contingencies, you have peace of mind to take care of unexpected expenses and not feel the brunt of that spending.

 

Tip #4: Cut out unnecessary expenses

And I’m not talking about contingencies. I’m talking about expenses for the things you don’t really need. Do you really need that fifth pair of shoes? Do you really need to buy that scarf that’s on sale?

People are misguided in thinking that when they buy something on sale, they get a bargain and therefore save money. No, they don’t. They still waste money on something they don’t need, even if it’s at a discount.

Stick to only what is necessary. We are trying to enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle so we are trying to avoid clutter and be minimalists. So avoid stuff you don’t need and put that money toward something you really need.

 

Tip #5: If one item makes you go over your budget, then cut back on the other items.

Maybe you budgeted $500 for medical expenses, but then they go up to $700, look carefully at your whole budget and identify where you can cut back to cater for that extra $200 in expenses. Reduce your groceries by maybe cutting back on your snacks, or bottled water, something to help you not overspend.

 

Tip #6: Keep all your budgets in one place.

You are entering July and are done with June’s budget? Don’t throw it away. Neatly file it away. And don’t stash it in that cupboard until you can dispose of it. No, go back to it time and again as you move along with your budgets for the following months. Learn from your past mistakes and successes.

 

Tip #7: Budget to put some money in your bank

That’s right. Don’t let your budget be about spending and exchanging your hard earned money for goods and services. Put some money into your savings account and invest it. This way, budgeting is working for you and you are more likely to carry on with it now that it’s helping you build your net-worth.

 

The final word

Learning how to budget can be hard at first. But only for as long as you want, and it’s as hard as you want it to be. Anybody can budget, including you. If you learn how to budget and be successful at it, you’ll feel more peaceful, more in control, enabling you to enjoy your simple healthy lifestyle.

 

Thank you for reading this post. We definitely need more tips so please share with us how you budget by commenting below. Thank you.

 

Here’s the truth you didn’t know about money

Money makes the world go round. That’s a popular saying. It’s indicative of how valuable people consider money to be. And it makes sense. After all, we use money for practically everything.

 

But you’ll be surprised to learn that you place way more importance on money than is necessary.

We have cultivated an unhealthy relationship with it that we must fix.

 

A briefcase full of money

 

Notice I’m not saying money is unimportant. Of course it is. But I’m saying it’s not as important as most of us make it to be.  And now you have to really place its importance and know how it fits into your journey of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle.

 

Why am I saying that money is not as important as we make it to be?

Before money became popular, people used to batter for goods and services. That means they bought goods and services with other goods and services. For example, if you had a bottle of cooking oil that I needed, I could buy it from you with, say, five cups of sugar.

In my culture, people still batter. Just a few days ago, an old relative didn’t have money to buy beans my mother harvested from the family farm. So, she bought those beans in exchange for a live chicken.

 

But gone are those days of battering. Now money is at the center of every transaction and nowadays if you don’t have money, you find yourself in trouble.

But note that we are the ones who placed money on this high ground. We loved it so much and worshiped it so much that it became something all of us wanted to have, regardless of the means of getting it.

We toil more than is necessary to get money just so we can feed our wants which increase all the time. And then we toil more to get more money so we can keep feeding those wants. It’s a vicious cycle that’s detrimental to our journey of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle. It’s a battle we just can’t win.

 

Credit and debit cards are another form of money

 

We hold money in all its forms; the actual hard cash, our credit and debit cards, electronic money we can use to buy without ever touching it. Look, it’s still money. All of it.

 

So, how important is money, really?

According to the bible, it’s the least important of all things.

Matthew 6 v 33: But more than anything else, put God’s work first and do what he wants. Then the other things will be yours as well. (CEV)

 

God says we are to seek him first. We don’t need money to do that. Yet he says if we seek him first, put our relationship with him first, live according to his word, then he’ll provide for our needs.

 

Sadly, this is in contrast to what most of us are doing today.

Even people who claim to walk with God have put their relationship with God second after money. I’m not criticizing anyone because I’ve been guilty of doing the same thing. But I’ve also found that when I don’t obsess over getting more money, and I spend my time thinking of God and doing his work, I never lack anything.

I was thinking of that just yesterday. I needed money to buy something and I didn’t know where I was going to get it. But I reminded myself not to obsess about it. I kept thinking to myself and saying aloud, ‘God is taking care of all my needs.’

And all throughout yesterday, opportunities to get the money I needed came knocking on my door. I’m not there yet, but I thank God for what he’s given me and I’ll keep focusing on him and trusting him.

 

A jar of coins

 

I grew up with a healthy relationship to money. From a very young age, I saw my father being generous with his money. He worked from home and his profession was already considered archaic and people no longer wanted anything to do with it.

But the little that he got, he was always generous enough to share it with those who needed it.

That doesn’t mean he threw money around. No. He only gave it out when it was necessary. And guess what? Customers and more customers kept coming, including those who came home not for his services but just to drop off food or clothing for the family as a way of thanking him for his help.

My father died 13 years ago. During his tombstone unveiling early this year, my older sister spoke about him to the crowd that had gathered. She said, “Growing up, I wondered why we had everything we needed though our mother didn’t work and our father worked an outdated job from home. But I finally understood that God was taking care of us then, and is taking care of us now, because our father was kindhearted and trusted in God more than he did in his money.”

And she was right about that. Growing up, we had everything we needed, but not everything we wanted. Because wants are not important. I grew up understanding money was just a resource, nothing more than that. And that it was best used when shared with those who needed it.

 

So, what do we need to do?

Please bear in mind that I’m not saying there’s something wrong with money, or having it, or wanting to have it.

I’m saying there’s something wrong with putting money at the forefront of everything else in your life. When you obsess over it. When it comes in between your relationship with God and those that you love.

 

1Timothy 6 v 10: For the love of money is the root of all evil. (KJV)

 

I’m disturbed by how people have taken the above verse and completely contorted it. The bible doesn’t say ‘money is the root of all evil.’ It says ‘The love of money is the root of all evil.’ And this is the love I talk of above.

God has called for us to prosper in every area of our lives, including our finances. So, there’s no problem with money. The problem lies in our interpretation of it. Please get that interpretation right today so you can cultivate a healthy relationship with money and free your mind to enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle.

 

Thank you for reading this post. Please share your thoughts about money and what it means to you.