A Bodey in Motion

Building momentum, one step at a time

If you struggle with your money, join me for FPU this Summer

I’m ramping up to coordinate my second Financial Peace University session for the year. The Spring session I had the privilege to coordinate was amazing, with 20 families completing the material and over a $100,000 turn around of their finances. It’s great to be able to be a part of a life-changing event for so many people.

Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University

If you’ve never taken Financial Peace University, I recommend it. It’s a great first step for families who are struggling with money issues and don’t know where to start. If you’re in the Tucson area, and you’re interested in joining a class, you’re all welcome to join mine.

We’ll be starting with a short orientation meeting for anyone interested in finding out more about FPU. We’ll be going over the class schedule and format, talk about what we expect from class members, how childcare will be handled, and answer any additional questions. That will happen on May 21st at 6:00 pm, and it shouldn’t last more than forty-five minutes.

The schedule breaks down as follows:

  • May 21 – Orientation
  • June 4 – Super Saving: Why you should save money, and why you need to start now.
  • June 11 – Relating With Money: Why families must work together to achieve financial goals.
  • June 25 – Cash Flow Planning: How to develop a monthly budget that really works.
  • July 2 – Dumping Debt: What myths we believe about debt, and how to become debt free.
  • July 9  – Buyer Beware: Why marketing is so powerful, and how to reduce it’s influence.
  • July 16 – The Role of Insurance: What insurance you need to have, and what to avoid.
  • July 23 – Retirement and College Planning: How to plan for the future.
  • July 30 – Real Estate and Mortgages: How to buy or sell a home.
  • August 6 – The Great Misunderstanding: Why you should live a generous life.

All meetings, including the orientation will be held at Saguaro Canyon Church at 10111 E Old Spanish Trail.  Childcare is provided each time with a suggested donation.

If you want to find out more information or register for the class, you can check out the class page on DaveRamsey.com for all of your answers.  Hope to see you this Summer!

Have you taken FPU? What was your experience? What was the most important thing you learned? How did it change your life and your finances?

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May 8, 2013 Posted by | Christ and Church, Past and Future, Work and Money | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on If you struggle with your money, join me for FPU this Summer

Quick Hits: Hustle and have goals, not expectations. Not about the platform. Wearable technology.

  • BOOMI’ve dipped my toe into a bit of self-employment in the past. I got hooked up with a partner, provided some start-up capital, created a product, and we were ready to go. Of course, that didn’t work out as well as we hoped, but it gave me the chance to learn a lot about failure. One of the reasons we failed was that we didn’t understand how much hustle was needed to make a business work, so it didn’t happen. Another reason was that we had expectations of success, but we hadn’t set any real goals to get there. You can’t just build it once and expect them to come. You have to keep building it every day.
  • As I continue to pursue my crazy vision, I’d love to see the platform that I share it from grow. I want the opportunity to tell more and more people how good money management frees you up to answer callings, chase dreams, and change the world, and I know I can’t do that sitting in my living room. Honestly, though, I’m scared of recognition, no matter how small, because I’m scared of pride. I don’t want it to be about building a big platform around me. I want it to be about serving people, and serving my God. He doesn’t need me to have a big platform to change the world.

May 6, 2013 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Quick Hits: Hustle and have goals, not expectations. Not about the platform. Wearable technology.

What We Want From Work

Ultimately, I agree that work will not be fun all of the time. But I don't want work to be fun all the time. I want it to have meaning all of the time. Even if you're doing a menial task that is way beneath you, I want it to have meaning.

We first seek out work to pay the bills. Eventually, though, we realize that the paycheck just isn’t enough to endure the daily struggle of employment. Once our base needs are met, we start pursuing something more.

Purpose.

Impact.

Meaning.

March 28, 2013 Posted by | Work and Money | , , , | Comments Off on What We Want From Work

Murdering Perfectionism

If you’re one of the five regular readers of my blog, you’ll notice that I’ve been posting more after my “one month” break. One post every weekday. My intention is to keep this pace for a year, because I want to train myself to work ahead and write with more brevity. I’m trying to kill off that procrastinating perfectionist part of me, so I can become better at finishing.

Quitter by Jon Acuff

I want us to be a generation of finishers. I want us to be a generation of people who follow through and sew the last stitch or give the final keynote or write the last chapter.

And in order to get there, we have to murder perfectionism. I was going to write, “put perfectionism to bed,” but that sounded too tender for this particular monster. Murder feels right.

How do we do that? There are a number of ways. Books like Getting Things Done by David Allen are great at helping you get organized and in motion. Men’s magazines offer monthly tips on productivity with the least effort expended. But I tend to think that the simpler I keep my tools, the more likely I am to actually use them. And there is one idea that changed the way I looked at perfectionism. Bumping into this truth radically rewired my ability to finish. Here’s what I learned: 90 percent perfect and shared with the world always changes more lives than 100 percent perfect and stuck in your head.

That’s it. I admit it’s simple. But it’s also true.

The things you create and share will always out-perform the things that stay stuck in your head or your desk or your laptop. You might love the ideas you have inside you. You might be more proud of them than any other project you’ve ever put together. But if you don’t follow through with them, they won’t do much good.

Jon Acuff, Quitter

When I write, I can spend hours as I cross every “I” and dot every “T” that I see. Tens of thousands of keystrokes (many of them ‘backspace’) can go into each post as I try to explicitly clarify every point and counter every argument that crosses my overactive imagination. That’s too much effort for the quality of work I’m producing, and I’m putting an end to it.

I’m letting myself off the hook, and posting the 90%. I’m giving myself the margin to share more, and more frequently. I’m ignoring the  perfectionist. So, here I am writing this a week and a half before I’m planning on posting it, and once I’m done with the next four sentences, I’m not going to touch it again. Hope you enjoy it.

What kinds of things have you kept stuck in your head, because they aren’t “perfect” yet? What good things is your perfectionism keeping from the world? Time to get out the long knives and put it down.

March 14, 2013 Posted by | Past and Future, Work and Money | , , , , | 1 Comment