Monica Brito Real Estate

A Simple Life Is Helpful When Change Happens

December 13, 2017 in Family, Lifestyle, Money Saving Hacks

People oMonica Brito Real Estateftenask me why I’m so gung ho set of living a Simple Life.  I could answer this question in many ways, but really what it comes down to are my values.  There are things I value more than stuff.  For example my family, my time, and my sanity. I truly believe in the scripture quoted at Matthew 6:33 that says, “Keep on, then, seeking first the kingdom, and his righteousness, and all other things will be added to you”.  That scripture means many things to different people, but for me I feel that as long as our family puts God first in their lives we will have everything we need materially, a roof over our head, and food in our mouths. I often ask me why I’m so gung ho set of living a Simple Life.  I could answer this question in many ways, but really what it comes down to are my values.  There are things I value more than stuff.  For example my family, my time, and my sanity.  I truly believe in the scripture quoted at Matthew 6:33 that says, “Keep on, then, seeking first the kingdom, and his righteousness, and all other things will be added to you”.  That scripture means many things to different people, but for me I feel that as long as our family puts God first in their lives we will have everything we need materially, a roof over our head, and food in our mouths.

I have to admit, I wasn’t always good about this in the past.  I was a workaholic mom who thought I had to push the envelope in order to get by.  I couldn’t rely on my husband because I had seen chaotic things happen in peoples relationships, people who I had depended on, people who on the surface had a beautiful relationship.  In the back of my mind, I thought, what if?  I needed to take care of my children somehow, someway, so I had to have my own career.  My husband and I went through some rough times financially, some that really tested my faith, but in the end we got through it.

In time, my focus shifted.  I truly started believing that putting God first would make everything ok, but God does not bless goals without effort.  So as time went on, I started making smarter choices.  We purchased my vehicle 5 years old, for nearly cash, and paid off the rest within 6 months.  When my husbands vehicle broke down after 18 years, we purchased another one, that was 3 years old for 1/2 price off new, set a goal to pay it off within 2 years, and thankfully were able to obtain that goal.  Then came the biggest chore, the $27,000 of debt we had incurred while going through our financial struggles.  I find it most helpful to write things down.  I feel like without a written plan there is no goal.  So I wrote it out, came up with a plan, picked up some side work, and next thing you knew that debt was gone.  It took sacrifice and effort, but it is attainable.

Why am I saying all this?  Because my faith has been tested once again, except this time I feel no pressure and much less fear.  See just last week my husband came home and told us that his job had made some cuts and he was part of them.  My freak out mode lasted a few minutes, and then I realized that he was okay, so I was okay. This time around, I decided that putting God first is the first thing on my mind.  I signed up to be a construction volunteer to help my ministry, and am doing other things to serve as well.  This time, I wasn’t scared because I told myself, “we have no debt”.  That is an amazing feeling!  We decided that instead of looking at this as something sad that happened to us, its an opportunity to grow a business together.  My husband had been consulting with me and my clients for a while now, so what better time to start working together.  So although I have to worry about rent, food, utilities, etc.  there are no extra bills lurking over my head.  We live in a small 2 bedroom with our family of 4, which we love, because it allows us extra flexibility.  Our kids don’t have a lot of excess things, and the things that they do have, they work at earning the money themselves.  For example my daughter runs a small business called New Yorkie Designs.  We find contentment in the little things, and feel like we are not missing out on anything.

For us change happened in our financial situation, but change can be a lot of things for different people.  Your health situation can change, your family structure can change, or your job can change.  It’s important to be prepared for these types of situations.  David and I would love to help you achieve a debt free simple life, so when change happens you can be prepared.  If you would like to chat with us for free for a few minutes, go ahead and click this link and set up a one on one with us via web based call.

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Hi, I'm Monica. Our family moved from California to Texas in order to Simplify our lives. Here I talk about having a Minimalist home and doing more with less money. Read More

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