I know I've not been present very often around here,
but there is a reason.
I've been struggling.
We are both fine as far as appearances go.
It's been the internal "stuff."
You know "stuff!"
With everything going on in the world around us,
some thinking the world is coming to an end
and others choosing to live in ignorant bliss.
I am neither of those options so have struggled.
After 10+ years of chatting about canning green beans,
chickens in the house, and the annual cycles of the home,
I guess I've not felt the urge to repeat myself.
You can see the canning of corn if you'd like
or what we've done for certain holidays.
I've not discontinued doing any of that.
Well, I don't currently have chickens :-(
I still do my regular life activities,
and continue to recognize the many blessings
We're currently in blackberry season
so Hubby has been enjoying them on his ice cream,
in cobblers, and next up is hand pies.
But I digress. . .
So the struggle, yes I that's where I was.
I've been searching internally.
Over the past several months,
I've really tried to figure out what it is I feel led to do.
I've always enjoyed helping people.
I realize at times some folks don't want help,
but the Mama Bear in me just instinctively takes care of people.
As many of you who have been around here know,
things haven't always been easy.
Over the past couple months,
we've encountered a few different folks
who we know and care about
who are stuck in their situations due to debt
and financial hardships.
These are good people who work for a living
and are still struggling.
Some of you also know,
I have a degree in teaching.
Even when I was in the schools,
there were things I thought those young people needed,
but the information wasn't offered.
There were so many things offered:
cake decorating, yoga, even basketball class!
but there weren't any classes on how to manage finances
after high school.
Now please don't think I'm blaming young people.
It's my generation that's failed to teach them.
And sadly, even many among my generation are struggling.
I've lived through a few trials to say the least:
single parenthood (with no support for about a year)
while going to school full time and living in a garage
was the toughest.
I didn't take any government assistance.
Even after Hubby and I were married,
we got it worked out so that we were living on my
meager income which allowed us to save enough
to open our business which is where I now work.
I'm not saying any of this in order to "brag."
I'm saying it as encouragement.
I'm just me.
If I can do it so can others.
And here's where I'm going with all this.
In order to help others,
which is what I feel led to do,
I started a YouTube channel.
It's a pretty big deal for me to be on screen
since I really prefer to remain unseen.
(How's that for a paradox?)
If anyone here is interested in tracking
household finances and taking control of your money,
I would appreciate it beyond belief
if you would watch, like, leave a comment, and even subscribe.
I'm so new at it, I know there are rough patches,
but I'm hoping to improve and smooth things out as I go.
And with that,
here it is
PS: It is not letting me test to verify the video is working as a direct link here so there might be a quick hiccup as I post this.
Thank you all for your kindness.