I was telling a blog friend last night about my new conviction to have dinner before dessert. Hypothetically speaking, of course.
We live in a world where dessert comes first. New homes, new cars, new clothes, new furniture; things thing things. All before dinner. Before we are ready. Before we can afford it.
It's so true, isn't it? I LOVE dessert before dinner. How often have I said, "It's just ONE cookie. It won't hurt my appetite." But that's not really true, is it? It does make me feel like I don't want dinner anymore.
I like nice things. Even if I buy it at a thrift store (and I am a good thrift store shopper). Even if I got it on sale. Even if I can afford it right now. I'm still buying it.
However, this past year I have become obsessed with Dave Ramsey and his baby step method to become debt free. It's a new plan, people!
That is why I am working right now. OUR PLAN for the next year:
We sacrifice = I work = we use my ENTIRE income to pay off debt (medical bills, credit, student loans, cars) = no unnecessary bills = financial freedom.
It's a hard plan. Really hard. Did I mention how hard it is? But it's having our dinner first.
So guess what's happening in my neck of the woods right now? Tiny apartment living. Lack of space. Lack. of. period.
And it's okay.
Although we've had to get inventive.
I am typing right now in our adorable Harry Potter closet. Hubby was BRILLIANT and realized that our closet underneath the stairs would be the perfect office. And it is.
My canned goods are stored under a hallway sink. My cookbooks are crammed into every inch of space above our fridge. We bought a not-as-nice-as-we-are-used-to couch because it was a wiser purchase. I still don't have dining room chairs. I still don't have a dresser for my clothes. I don't have a lot of things that I want. But.... baby steps.
And frankly, although it is not the sweetest meal, I am enjoying dinner.
And dessert will be that much better for it.