Wednesday, February 17, 2010

In The Trenches - Learning

There are many changes going on in America. People are learning to cook more economically, do their own lawn maintenance, stay home on the weekends, and even deal with creditors. When people are In The Trenches it affects most areas of their lives and one of the biggest one is that they learn new things or learn to do something in a new and different way. This can be exciting, rewarding, and fun, but it can also be frustrating, discouraging, and uncomfortable.

I have spent the last few days looking at the blogs of others and I am impressed! I'm finding some exciting, professional, and eye catching artwork, graphics, and layouts. After I came back and looked at mine which I have worked so hard on it seemed like something from a kindergartner. Amateur and not the quality I have seen on the others.

Then I realized, that's how everybody is feeling now as they learn new and different things. The work to make that new recipe only to have their families look at them. Or, they see the look of disappointment as they tell their children they can't go this weekend.

We will get better. We will improve. This time will help us and further down the road we may think of our first attempts and laugh and wonder how in the world it could have taken three hours to do something so simple like make a pie crust or hours with the calculator making a new budget.

As for me, I know how to live In The Trenches. I've done it before. What is new to me is blogging. I'm over 50. I don't even know what an RSS feed is, what it is supposed to do, or, why someone would want one. Somebody told me it would be a good thing so I did it. So, as I learn to blog and improve along the way, I hope you too will progress in learning to live more frugally, more basically, and learn something new everyday. Then, even if money is tight you will be rich.


Elaine Littau, author of Nan's Journey said...

I am right there with you! I am now 54 yrs old and am getting my third book published. It is something I never dreamed would happen. I am also with you on the RSS feed and all that jazz. I am really trying to pinch the life out of those pennies and am looking forward to reading your book and blog. It is something I can get my teeth into. God bless you in your efforts.

Carol Schultz said...

Thank you Elaine! See the link to her blog and book on the left column. Lots of good information.