One At a Time

Quick note: The title of this post is much more fun if you read it as though you were in this Key & Peele sketch

The tiny step for today was setting up a Google spreadsheet for my husband and I to write down our expenditures. We have tried a couple of budgeting programs in the past, but thought it might be a good idea to start simply (and free). I think the practice of logging what we spend will be eye-opening in itself, before we even look at broader categories and goals. To start, we’re just committing ourselves to tracking for one month. If that works, then we’ll do another, etc. 

That was today’s step, but I feel like I did so much more and could be getting carried away. Surprise! It’s tough for me to pace myself when I feel like I am on a roll. I collected some articles that I will read and post about later–part of a bigger idea I’ve been rolling around for a few days. 

I also re-read a favorite post, one that actually makes me happy and excited: “56 Things to Do Instead of Spending Money” from And Then We Saved. I love that suggestion #2 is “build a fort,” and that #40 is “wash all your linens.” For whatever reason, I find this list to be a good reminder of things that bring me joy and some peace. I plan to read it often. It also made me wonder if I might enjoy using some of my massive yarn stash to knit hats and scarves to be donated to those who need them. Fun + free + a good thing to do. 

Lastly, a Facebook friend of mine posted an intriguing article about keeping a bullet journal. I am definitely interested–so neat, so personal!–but as I’m trying to de-clutter already, I could easily see my mind/emotions getting further cluttered by trying too many disciplines at once. Keeping that idea in my pocket, though. 

So yes, one baby step a day can seem limiting on some days, and impossible on the others. I must trust that it all works just a bit like therapy–if that baby step I’m passing by today is important, it will be back later. 

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