here’s why i’m writing this series: not, actually, because i want to budget the mess out of ALL THE THINGS. because, really, i don’t. i crunch numbers regularly out of compulsion and worry, not out of desire.
the real reason i’m writing this series is because i see a lot of women start to give up on going because they look at the total number and think it’s impossible. y’all, i don’t know your finances. i can’t say whether for you it is or isn’t possible.
but i think you should try.
i think you should try because if you buy the ticket early and can’t go, you can always sell it.
i think you should try because if you end up saving $600 toward the trip and suddenly can’t go, you have $600 you didn’t have before to address whatever emergency came up.
i think you should try because if you try, you might actually be able to go.
and you might actually love it.
even if it scares the everything out of you.
(which it probably will.)
^ this is what we call an introvert problem.
i think you should try because if you try, and if you go, i want to meet you and hear your heart spoken from your very own mouth.
you have a story. i know people keep saying that and we all keep hearing it but it’s true. there is a way God has been and is and will be working in your life that is a unique manifestation of His glory and character and if you don’t testify to His goodness in your life, who will?
i wrote this so that you, sitting there reading a bill that says, INFLUENCE: $1000, would know you don’t have to let the idea of writing that red in your ledger overwhelm you. there’s a way to screw up the budget: absolutely. but you’re ahead of the person who didn’t make one in the first place, and if you don’t believe me, ask 2012 Annie and 2013 Annie how they each feel about their influence spending. ask 2014 Annie how much more prepared she feels with a workable, reasonable budget.
(don’t ask 2014 Annie how she feels about the sashes market. ALL THE THINGS, PLEASE.)
save your change, cut your coffee, set up automatic transfers from your direct deposit; do whatever you can to make influence a reality if that’s the reality you want this september. i’m not promising you it’ll happen. i cannot account for however the Lord leads you and i know there’s no promise i’ll get to go this year, either.
but the steps you can take are the steps you should take.
best case scenario? you go to influence with a new understanding of what community looks like when women rally around the Lord, refreshed to work to the purpose for which He made you, and renewed in the Spirit from the truth in His Word.
worst case scenario? you have money to roll into savings for emergencies or other unplanned expenses. me, i’d probably roll it into my high yield savings account or invest it for retirement, because when you work in finance two of your favorite words are compounding interest.
in other news… don’t have a high yield savings account? friend, we’re gonna talk.