The First Big Idea

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If you’re reading this, it means at least one of us is new here and we’ve found the beginning.

I’m Alison and there’s a bio that I hope has enough about me to convince you I am reasonably qualified to have a blog that is going to delve into some good financial stuff and some humorous stuff and some random stuff.  It’s not that qualifications are at all necessary to blog, but nice if you prefer that sort of thing. And in case you didn’t click on the enticing link, I’ll confess right now that the bio doesn’t list any ways in which I am qualified to be humorous, or random.  Those are just free bonuses.

Right now I want you to know that I’m full of what we call around here “big ideas”.  I’ve got a really big idea right now that the tricky part of life is balance.  Yeah I know, you’ve heard umpteen times about this work-life or work-family balance.  Blah blah blah.

So no.  That’s not the actual balance that I’m talking about and that’s not my first big idea.

I’m talking about balancing all the things I want to do with the always limited supply of time and money.  I don’t know anyone with an infinite supply of either.  I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t like a little more of at least one.

Back to that whole work/life/family/whatever balance… what you’ve got right now, wherever you are in your life is the result of a million big and little choices made about how you spent your time and how you spent your money.  Most people (me, myself, and I for sure) made most of those choices on a whim, not hours of research and deep thought.  That’s OK – it’s even required because who has that kind of time for every decision?

There is a whole lot of that trial and error method known as “live and learn” all over our lives because it’s tricky getting spending right for the long haul.   It isn’t coincidence that we spend both time and money, and it’s not easy to spend either of those well all the time (or even most of the time).

My first big idea is that if we can get our spending to be mostly intentional, if we can really figure out how we want to spend our time and our money, life gets good.  If life is already good, it gets better.

I live, I learn, and I budget. And now I’m about to share my big ideas, my mistakes and eureka moments and a kick ass budget with you.

Thanks for joining me on this ride, let’s get it started!


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