Mutiny Week 6: Spending

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It’s Mutiny week 6! Can you believe it? You made it this far. I know you can do it.

For some of us, this will be a tough week. We are going to take a hard look at our spending habits. Ugh. Do we know where our money goes? Can you say IRS? Big Box? Starbucks?

In the last week, I spent money at Costco, Kroger, Westborn Market, Mane Connection (hair), Aldi’s, Donut Town (yum), 2 gas stations, and Amazon. I also did payroll via Quickbooks. I’m sure our employees were happy about that one!

I’m not sure how many vendors my husband frequented. However, I know he made business purchases at Menards, Home Depot, and Lowes. And I’m sure there was at least one stop at a gas station.

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Money does not grow on trees!

As my dad always said, “money does not grow on trees!”

Sometimes we think we don’t have enough money. Sometimes we actually do have enough, but we are spending it inefficiently. A huge chunk of the world lives on $1 a day. That would qualify as “not enough money”.

This week, let’s look at how we spend, where we spend, and what we spend our money on. Also, let’s reflect on how much we spend on ourselves. Do we give generously? Do we keep God’s command of tithing, giving, caring for others?

Here are your challenge options:

Option One: restrict your spending to 7 vendors. A vendor is one place, not one category. For example, Kroger is a vendor. A grocery store is a category.

You could choose these 7 vendors: Kroger, BP gas station, Costco, Amazon, Online bill pay, Panera, Doctor. (create your own list)

Charities do not count as spending. Charities are in the giving category because it is not money spent on ourselves.

Option Two: eliminate 7 well-trafficked vendors

Option Three: eliminate 7 categories and only spend what is needed. No extras at the grocery store. No quick run through McDonald’s. And you do not need those gel pens (I’m talking to me mostly).

Option Four: choose 7 local places to shop this week instead of your usual places. It’s sort of an extension of last week. For example, instead of Tim Hortons, stop at your family owned donut shop (yum). Buy your fruit from the locally owned fruit market or farmer’s market. Check out that consignment shop instead of Target. Purchase your yard needs at a local greenhouse instead of Home Depot. You get the idea.

Alright friends, we can do this! We can change our spending habits for the better. We can be better stewards of what God has blessed upon us. Happy non-spending week!

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How I Stopped Hating the Sport of Running

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I have always hated running! Always!

I hated running in elementary school. I hated it in junior high. And I really hated in it high school gym. Over the years, I have tried to “like” the sport of running. I admire runners. I admire most athletes. And athletic is not one of my personal qualities.

Ten years ago, my children and husband talked me into trying the sport of Tae Kwon Do. I hated that too. But I stuck with it because my family insisted I keep trying. Eventually, I became a black belt. (It’s not that impressive)

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It’s now 2018. It has been a year of change! We experienced five deaths in the first two months of the year. One of them was my father-in-law. I traveled to the Philippines which was my first international trip ever. And my daughter graduated from high school.

All of this change brought on a need for a stress outlet. And I started (speed) walking again. I started walking twice a week and gradually increased it to four times a week. Then I decided that I wanted to try running again. I slowly added 30-second run bursts to my speed walking routine. After a few days, I decided I still hated running. (insert sad face)

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I hated the burning sensation in my lungs and chest. I hated that my feet, hips, neck, and shoulders hurt when I ran. I hated that everything hurt! Ugh. It was the pain in my neck and shoulders that got me thinking. Maybe I was running incorrectly? Maybe that’s why I hate it so much.

I did some research on correct running form and made adjustments. I bought a better pair of shoes. I found some music and podcasts that I really enjoyed. And I tried again.

I have been running for a month now. I started with 30-second run bursts scattered throughout my 1.5-mile speed walk. I am now running/speed walking 4 times a week. Half a mile of running and 2.5 miles of speed walking. Eventually, I will be able to run the full three miles. But, for now, I am learning to enjoy running.

I am beginning to look forward to my mornings when I run. I am up before the rest of the house and most of the world. And I finally see why people enjoy the sport of running.

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Mutiny Week 5: Waste

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I cannot believe we are in week five already! And this week we are going to tackle WASTE. We are focusing on reducing, reusing, and recycling our stuff. Mostly the stuff we didn’t give away two weeks ago.

In the book of Genesis, God creates mankind and assigns them as stewards over His creation. We have done a poor job over the last 150 years. It’s time to change this. Let’s find a few ways we can be better stewards of the earth.

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Here are some options.

The Hatmakers adopted 7 new habits for one month.

  • Gardening
  • Compost
  • Conserve energy & water
  • Recycle everything
  • Drive 1 car
  • Shop at thrift stores
  • Buy local

Could you adopt the above habits for 7 days? Gardening could be as simple as a potted tomato plant or mini herb garden that sits on your window sill. Could you collect rain in a bucket or barrel for your flowers? Could you be more intentional about getting those recycle items in the recycle bin?

Select from some options below to create your own strategy:

  • Eliminate 7 convenience items
    • paper towels
    • water bottles
    • sandwich bags
    • paper plates
    • napkins
    • plastic grocery bags
    • disposable cups
  • Eliminate 1-7 big box stores and shop locally for a week (i.e. coffee shops, family-owned stores, farmer or fruit market)
  • Replace as many paper products with cloth
  • Replace light bulbs with LED (if you haven’t already)
  • Other ideas – please share

We know you can do it! For some of you, this will be super easy because you already think eco-friendly. I hope that a week focusing on waste will help us to see new ways we can reduce, reuse, and recycle.

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