Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Time to Put Away Childish Things

I have no clue where in the Bible that verse comes from, but despite my not-so-into-the-bible leanings, I'm really taking those words to heart right now. At almost 33 it's time to grow the feek up. Okay I have the job I've been at for over seven years and that's great. It show's I'm capable of some stability. I'm coming up on 2 years completly sober. Awesome! Have finally become a decent spouse in a healthy loving relationship with someone amazing.

But the deal is it's time to get it together financially. I've been in a 12 step program that deals with money & have not made the progress I'd hoped. It's not the program (though I'm having resentments) I'm sure. But at this point it's not moving fast enough. I'm still having difficulties & can't really get anyone on their game to sit & help me. So I've taken matters into my own hands & have been doing some deep research.

My good pal Zee is participating in the Dave Ramsey Money Makeover program. After seeing her actually utilizing some of the tools at dinner on night I got to thinking. But the problem is this Dave dude is a fundamentalist christian & I don't want this guy to have even one of my pennies. So I enrolled in a free 30 day gift subscription (which I had to dig for because the frontpage only offers a 7 day free trial). Here's that link! So I'm gonna get every damn thing I can out of it & then utilize some of the free online budget programs out there.

So here I go on my way to financial maturity.


Zee said...

Good luck!!

The fundamentalist thing bothers me too. However, my way of dealing with money was obviously not working and I'd heard good things about Dave's method. I figure I can disagree with him on religious matters - and still follow his financial plan - because he's not my higher power and I'm not his. Frankly, none of his business what I choose to believe. :)

Regardless, I finally feel like I'm on the right financial path and for the first time in a long time I feel like I'm growing and changing where money is concerned. Something to be said for that.

bfoote said...

"When I was a child I spoke as a child I understood as a child I thought as a child; but when I became a man I put away childish things."

I Corinthians xiii. 11

That passage is also famous for a few other quotes including...

"Now we see through a glass darkly. Then we shall see face to face."

"And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love."

p.s. Found you via pdxstump

Diane J Standiford said...

Super-lesbian, Suze Orman has good advice too. She's been low and pulled back up, free stuff on her site too. Use code word: aeiou
Getting financial matters under control is very empowering.

FrancesM said...

Thanks all for your comments!

Zee- I agree that his religious views are not my business to the degree that I don't have to speak to or be around him. I believe in what comes through him, which as you noted is greatly beneficial advice.

That being said I believe in energy & if I surround myself with energies that tell me who I am & how I am is wrong I cannot be around that. It's spiritually unhealthy for little ol' me. That also means not giving my money to things that work directly against my soul. Giving money to someone who supports inequality is not spiritual to me & being that Dave reccommends 10-15% of income to go to spiritual things, I cannot support him in anyway financially or at least as little as possible. That's why I'm getting the envelopes & that's it. But that Dave Ramsey is a helpful dude in terms of money stuff & you are right about seperating him from his message!

bfoote- thanks for that verse & other quotes! Really good spirit food I needed today. Thanks & please stop by again!

diane- hey thanks for stopping by again & also the code for the Suze Orman stuff. I'm going to look into that today! At this point I'm taking all the suggestions I can so one day I can have a happy healthy family. Your support is appreciated!