Faithfully Planning for your 2021 Budget

Hey friends! Happy New Year! 

It’s that time of year when the excitement of a fresh start motivates us to set our intentions on growth and wellness surrounding our mental, physical, and financial health. We do this every year, set apart our dreams, making them plain on vision boards, casting aside all fear and doubt. I love this season for us! The hope and inspiration is so tangible that I’d say it serves as a source of motivation for a large majority of us. 

However, like many things in life – we often find this motivation to be fleeting. One of the most discouraging aspects of setting goals is not being able to sustain that motivation. January comes and goes, February, March… but what has come of our dreams, visions and goals upon reaching December and the upcoming New Years Eve? Do you look back and find that while well intentioned, some of your goals fell to the wayside due to a depleting source of motivation over the past few months?

If so, please find that there’s no shame in that because TRUST me – this has been my story year after year. I’d like to think that I’m a pretty great planner, but honestly even the best planners can’t foresee the trials and tribulations that come with simply…living. For instance, how many of us planned for a pandemic while writing out last year’s new year’s resolutions? I can unashamedly say that I for one, did not. 

What do you do when your life feels like it’s been uprooted in ways that you couldn’t have possibly planned for? When the words on inspirational quotes feel like nothing more than words, and our vision boards look like empty promises. How do you continue to push towards the mark that you set for yourself in a moment of pure hope and expectation? 

Faith. That’s it. That’s the tweet. 

I want to assure you that 2021 will have no choice but to be better than 2020 and years prior if you simply incorporate faith into your mental, physical, and of course — your financial and spiritual health goals. 

*I know “simply” may feel a bit off putting but I truly believe that though often incredibly difficult, God makes things simple for us. There’s a reason He compares the Kingdom of Heaven to a seed…

Given that faith is quite literally the substance of things hoped for and evidence of things unseen, there is nothing that serves as a better anchor in times when we are caught in the sea of what feels like lost causes and fading hope. It’s in the moments when we can’t seem to find our hope, that our faith in Jesus reminds us of who we place our hope in. In the moments when your goals and dreams feel like dry bones, simply lean on your faith and allow God to breathe life into them. 

“Thus says the Lord God to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live.” - Ezekiel 37:5

My goal was to launch a budget template by the beginning of this year, what better way to start the year, right? It wasn’t until I reached the end of 2020 and reflected on the past year that I realized that templates and plans will only go as far as your faith allows. 

This past year was filled with what felt like pure chaos and destruction of our plans, hopes, and dreams but I want to remind you that in order for something to be revived, it must die. With that being said, I’d love to be a part of this year’s journey of reviving what you feel you lost. Your faith comes from the Lord and you SHOULD be equipped with the planning tools that are tailored specifically to you and your needs. But – before we get there, I want to make sure you’re equipped with the tools needed to face the days when your plans go awry and your source of motivation is depleting. 

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be providing you with tips and tools to help you faithfully plan for your annual budget. It is my goal that by the time you sit and begin planning, you’ll have confidence in knowing that your budget is resting on the foundation of faith while holding onto the same hope and motivation that life may try to strip you of when the going gets tough. 

I hope and pray that your year is off to the best of starts  and that any lost hope, aspirations and dreams from the past year will be revived and renewed, in Jesus’ name. 

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