"And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy. Your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions." Joel 2:28

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Simple Ideas: Pay Me First $$$

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Let’s face it when your living paycheck to paycheck it is very hard to pay yourself first. Bills come every month, rent, mortgage, groceries, and car expenses. By the time you pay everything you only have enough money for gas for the week. Well, at least I do.

There are many ways you can put money aside without having to go completely broke.

1. Amount $ or Percent%- Decided how much, or what percent, of your earnings you what to save. Some people calculate 30% of their net earnings. It’s really up to you what you feel comfortable with and then you can build over time.

2. Separate Savings Account- It’s always good to have an account you don't see or that it’s hard to get money from. A savings account with 360 Capital One (use to be ING Direct) is one. There are no local branches to walk into. You can get an ATM card, but it’s mostly for the checking accounts.
The savings rates are higher than most financial institutions. If you want your money you have to request a transfer and it takes 2-3 business days to transfer over.
I know what you’re thinking...that is too long to for me to get my money. The idea is to save money. So why would you need to get easy access to it?

3. Monthly Bill- Pretend like the money you want to save is a bill you need to pay once per month or every two weeks. Try this out for 3 months, and then try it every two weeks for another 3 months. The idea is to get into the habit of saving.

4. Goal- It is always good to set a goal to achieve. Make it realistic and achievable. If you make unrealistic goals it will put you in a bind and put your savings off track.

5. Consistent- Be consistent and have fun. Things happen in life but it is always good to keep the habit of saving going even if there are minor setbacks. I would not advise waiting until you have paid everything and pay yourself last. The idea is to budget around the amount you have left over.

I know what you’re thinking? “How can I make sure I have enough for my bills?” That’s another segment.

Just kidding!

1.          X= Income- Tell yourself that X amount of dollars is all you have to live off of. This is after you have already paid yourself.

2.          Reevaluate your Bills- You can take a look at all of your bills for the month and ask yourself, “What bill can I cut cost on?” 

         Cable- you can change your package plan
         Phone/Cell Phone- change reduce the data plan
         PGE- use energy saving appliance and TVs. This will help decrease the amount of energy being used in your home.

   3.    Prioritize your bills- view each bill to see which bills are a necessity. Food, shelter, heat,     lights, etc. Ask yourself, “Do I really need to pay for Netflix every month?” Hey, 
we all love a good movie once in a while, but do we really need it every month?

As you go through this process you will learn how to:

  •         Pay yourself
  •         Cut cost
  •         Prioritize your bills.

Figure out what works best for you. The idea is to learn how to save money without having to go completely broke. Start off paying yourself $100 per month. Then increase it $50-$100 every month. If you feel like increasing it is too much then takes a step back and start from the beginning.

Remember, if you cut down on a bill you feel is not important you can use the funds to add to your Pay Me First account. 


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

~ My Take on Hidden Figures ~

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First, I want to say that normally I do not write reviews for movies. I wanted to write a review for Hidden figures because it is an inspirational movie to all.

I would give this movie a 5-star review. Even though people can probably care less about what I say because I am just a regular person and not a movie reviewer. Yet I feel as though everyone has their own opinion and personal perspectives.

For this movie, all case play a very important role. There, to me, is no leading actor or actress in this film. But of course, Hollywood would separate and determine what role was more important when it comes to the Golden Globes or Oscars.

What I got out of this movie is despite the roadblocks that we face daily, what may seem hard to us or difficult, God can make the impossible possible. If people would come together great things can happen. But we need to put our difference aside.

While we are fighting against each other, the enemy is approaching yet we are too blind to see.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

~Short Story~ Sleep

I buried my head deep into my pillow. I was to determined to get some sleep tonight. The past few nights have been brutal on me, my mind, and body. I knew I should have not let Lina talk me into doing overtime at work. We worked for a account firm in upstate New York.

OK, so now the time is 8 o'clock. If I sleep now I can have 10 hours of sleep. Which means it will make up for the hours I lost in previous days. All right time to close my eyes.

I closed my eyes in hopes of getting to sleep within the next few minutes. I laid in my bed. My room was filled with the darkness of the night. I let my body sink into to mattress and let the covers wrap me tight.

While I waiting to be drifted off to sleep, suddenly car drove by fast on the street outside. "Ugh!" I said out loud. Frustrated, I changed positions. Once the noise from the motor faded away. I was able to focus back into relaxing.

I sighed.

Then I reminder that I need to add the lunch meeting with Chad who is the VP of Marin and Brothers Association. I quickly turning on my light next to my bed and grabbed my phone. This will only take a second. I clicked on the calendar app and keyed in the time and location of the lunch.

When I was done I hit save, added a one day alert to the event, exited out of the app, turned, and clicked the snooze button on the side of my phone.

I sighed.

Now I can get some sleep. I turn off the light and rested my head back in the pillows once more. I relaxed my mind and let a heaviness come over me.

-C.S. Dorsey