When I planned to start journaling with everyone I was immediately drawn to using a physical journal. I love to pick up a journal, thick with time, wisdom and experience, and know that it’s a part of my soul within the pages. But why go paper when everything today is digital?
Do you have a plan for where your going in life? Can you remember the amazing things that have happened to get you where you are today? What about the challenges and what you did to overcome them? As the old saying goes, “you can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been” and as Bilbo Baggins said ”It’s a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no telling where you might be swept off to.”
No two days are the same. So it follows that no two weeks, months, years or even people are the same. Life changes every day and some days it changes a whole lot more than others. When my son was born, for example, oh wow did my life change. And that’s really where this story begins.
A few short years ago my wife and I were both in fairly comfortable jobs. We got by from month to month and were saving for our wedding. Life was pretty comfortable. When we found out we were pregnant we were ecstatic (and surprised). Once the excitement settled down and we started to go to the doctor for checkups and the like it quickly became apparent just how much kids cost and there is no working out how much they need and how quickly they need it. And here’s the kicker, they NEVER STOP NEEDING MONEY!
I am a people pleaser. When someone asks something of me I normally say “yes”. Recently, however, this mentality burnt me. Here follows my story of people pleasing, how I ended up letting people down, and how you and I can try to avoid this situation in the future.