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If Your Money Ain't Happy, Ain't Nobody Happy…Enjoy the Process of Getting Your Money Happy and Enjo

The last few weeks we've been really trying to get some control and analyzing why your money isn't happy and what you can do to change that. Let's face it, the worst thing about being responsible, yes responsible, with your money is that can't just blow a wad of money on just anything.  Being terribly irresponsible would feel good at some moments, but it does not mean it's a good idea.  I've been there, done that.  When you feel like your working hard with your money you deserve that luxury, right? Here's a hint, let the moment pass so you don't have to go through buyer's remorse.  While you're letting the moment pass take that opportunity to enjoy the things in life you haven't done but have wanted to do and they're FREE.  Enjoying the process needs to be part of our journey and giving ourselves the freedom to have joy rather than stress is the best "free" gift to ourselves right from the start.  Like Dr. Phil says "you can't get rid of a habit you have to exchange it for a new one to take its place."  So let's be happy while we're making our money happy!  Here are five fun things to get you started…
·        Instead of going out to eat on a Friday night, make a special dinner for your significant other or a group of friends Martha Stewart style with items around your home for a themed dinner.  You will save the extra cash eating out would cost and using your own decorating items will not only make you and your money happy but others you really care about happy by giving them memories that going to a restaurant could not do.
·        When you have the urge to go shopping for some new clothes, go in your closet and put some new outfits together along with a purse or other accessory that might still have the price tag on.  Make a few new cool outfits to feel like you have a new wardrobe.  Iron them up so you can get ready in a flash and feel great and organized.  I always tell my clients to make their closet their own favorite store…get the closet organized too and you will enjoy the process even more…that would be a good use of time instead of spending money!
·        Plan day trips or fun events to do with your significant other, family or friends.  Many fun places to go do not cost any money…have you visited all the parks around your area?  If not go check them out, pack a picnic lunch and bring a game to get good conversation going.
·        Dream.  Write down some of your dreams so you have something to look forward to in the future.  It will make being responsible now with money much more worth it in the future. 
·        Plan your next year with fun events, recipes for each season that you want to try and serve at a dinner party and even some décor for each season.  You will feel like you are very organized and guess what it didn't cost you a penny for planning!
Ok, now you have some great ideas or come up with some more and spend time not money doing things you enjoy and won't feel guilty for afterwards!  If anyone has some more great ideas please email them to me at .  I'll post some of those good ideas.  Let me know your progress too with your finances!  Enjoy and be in-joy in life!

posted on: 11/14/2007 11:30:00 AM by Triste Horrell
category: Finances

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If Your Money Ain't Happy, Ain't Nobody Happy

by Triste Horrell

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About Triste:

Being an organizing expert makes one want to be a "showroom" in all areas of life. However reality can hit hard when you're a mother of small children and a military wife and own an organzing business. Of course Triste would like to have a picture perfect Better Home and an even Better Garden. Throw a Pottery Barn in the backyard for exceptional creative time to become the wiz-woman for all the ideas and inventions that the world could not live without. But Triste has settled on the fact of telling herself "I can be perfect in my mind and no one can mess up my space there!" In reality Triste is very self-motivated and has true business accomplishments like having SYSTEMIZE since 1997, the first home and business organizing firm in the state of South Carolina. She has been repeatedly recognized in her Greenville, SC area for her organizing expertise and makeovers on local NBC and FOX news, Greenville News, local magazines such as Greenville Magazine and Upstate Parent and NPR radio. She has turned people's lives around by focusing on what she calls the "four building blocks of being organized" consisting of space, time, financial and personal. This is even represented in her business logo. "That's what I'm in business for, turning people's lives around!" Also applying her popular 3 Steps to Systemize have not only organized her clients but KEPT them organized for years.

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Downtime Activities

  • Reading Magazines
  • Spending time at our cottage
  • Keeping our Westie pretty
  • Putting tealights around after the kids are in bed
  • Adventures with my awesome hubby
  • Making microwave smores...just for me
    1 graham cracker, broken in half 1 small piece of chocolate 1 big marshmellow On one side of cracker put piece of chocolate and marshmellow on top. Place in microwave and heat for approx. 17 seconds (while cooking replace marshmellow on top of chocolate if needed). Put other half of cracker on top, eat and enjoy and watch out for oozing chocolate!

My Organizing Tool-Box

  • Time - Outlook
    This is a great way to keep papers off the desk and track where you need to go, task list, jot down quick notes on the virtual "post-its, keep up with contacts in the virtual Rolodex
  • Personal Finances - Quicken
    This simple yet practical program keeps your bank accounts in tact...did I mention simple?!
  • Business Finances - QuickBooks
    I have used this program for years and have set many clients up on it. It is a must for keeping track of business transactions and keeping tax time easy...push a few buttons and out come the reports, your done and your tax preparer loves you.
  • Space - turntables
    I love these things! You can put them in cabinets, the fridge, garage, and closets. They are inexpensive, easy to find and available at any discount store and you can even find fancier ones. If you are not sure what they are, they are the white (or other fancier kinds) and spin around like a lazy susan, you can have a single or double-tier one for spices.
  • Personal - Magazines and Internet
    I love to look at magazines and the internet for good articles on personal development, pictures for decorating inspiration and fun projects to do with my family. I keep my magazine subscriptions to a minimum (3) so I can read them and enjoy each one. I look for things on some of my favorite websites for whatever fancies me at that time.
  • Online Recipe Boxes
    Use these on some of your favorite websites, bring the laptop into the kitchen while the recipe is up and you never have to have the paper clutter. One of my and my husbands favorites is Williams-Sonoma.

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