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Well, the time has finally come. I just sent EB, my youngest, off to kindergarten and I feel as though my life is beginning anew. It is like a whole new stage of my life is beginning, one filled with more time for my passions and pursuits. But I also feel so much pressure. I have been home with my kids now for eight years; I can not believe it has been that long. During that time there was no time, and therefore a endless supply of excuses.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I haven’t been sitting around doing nothing. In addition to the full time job of raising small children I have grown a business based on the skills of my past career (Does your small business need a great website?), become a writer both in actuality and now finally in my heart and become an active member of my community. And that just brushes the surface. But somehow that has always seemed peripheral. There has always been this time looming when I am supposed to stop making excuses and start getting back to being a productive adult, whatever that means. And now the time is here.

I feel like I have been given this amazing opportunity that so few people get to plan and build the future that I want. What is going to fill me up and allow me to thrive and prosper in a way that provides balance and calm, the ability to be flexible for my kids, and the space to help them pursue their dreams? What a gift I have been given. Now don’t blow it! Oh, the pressure is immense.

Enter The Redesigned Group.

I have created a group of blogs to help me explore what interests me, pursue my writing and hopefully find a way to focus and structure my time and mind. Hey, maybe I will even make some money some day. I have spent the last year planning and planning and building out the sites, waiting for this time when I will have the time to see it through, and now it is go time.

Welcome! I am so excited to get started. Please save a bookmark, share or subscribe, this is going to be really great!

What to expect from The Redesigned Budget

When we decided I was going to stay home and take care of The Fellows (my daughter, now 8) we cut our income in half. We had to make some really big decisions and some serious cuts. It forced us to look carefully at what we spend our money on and prioritize the importance of all of those things.  This was an amazing process that freed us of so much of our money worries.  Who would have thought that cutting your income in half could be so liberating.

With the state of the economy the last few years each and every one of us has needed to take a closer look at our finances and monthly intake and expenditures. I think it is a great time to emphasize and reintroduce the family budget.

It seems there is a lot of information about how to invest or save or plan for the future, but not a whole lot on the day to day management of a families money.  This is the topic I want to delve into.  The nitty gritty stuff that will enable to plan and save and invest.   Most importantly I want to help free you from some of the burden and worry that comes with the family budget.

When we reduced our income by half, I created a system. Over the years I have reworked it and fine tuned it and honed it down and now I spend about 2 hours per month (plus my husband spends about 3 minutes a day) managing my money and I don’t really think too much about it the rest of the time. I always know that things are taken care of and paid on time. The only other time I look at money is when we want to make a big purchase and isn’t that a good problem to have?  Sounds refreshing, huh?

This will be a forum to discuss ideas around the family budget.  We will examine the hard truths and necessary work so that you too can control your money instead of it controlling you. Eventually I will get it together enough to share my whole system with you.  This is not about getting rich, don’t believe that get rich quick crap.  This is about getting real and getting it together, the right way.  You will most definitely hat what I have to say, but hate me all you want, you will be thanking me a year from now.

Ready to get real with your money and free up some space?  Stick around, it should be fun.