Monday, January 30, 2017

Newkirk Overhaul, 2017.

Have you ever felt like you just needed a complete overhaul?

Like physically?

In your home...your job...your LIFE?
As a a a believer?

Yeah, me too.

Let's be completely honest for a second.

Our world is messed up.  Like really, really messed up.

There are so many unknowns right now, in this nation, on this planet.

So many things happening in our country right now goes against the core of who I am as a believer in Christ and I'm just trying really hard to pray through it.  To trust that God is still in control and that somehow He is going to be glorified through the things happening in our world right now.

But really...I'm heartbroken over much of what I'm reading, seeing on my television, and picking up on social media.

And so.  
I need an overhaul.  

I need to be able to feel that I'm truly tuning in to what God has planned for me.  
That I'm battling in prayer in a way that will make a difference in our broken world.
That I'm working on my marriage and my parenting and building a peaceful home for my husband and children in times of great chaos.

So that's what I'm going to be focusing on.

Newkirk Overhaul, 2017.

I'm going to focus on specific areas of my life and overhaul them in the way that I believe God would have me to make changes.

Starting with this blog.

You'll see some changes here in the next few weeks as I begin to build my new blog.

So stay-tuned for a blog, body, faith, home, and financial overhaul...along with so many areas of the Newkirk life that need a makeover.

Hope you'll follow along and commit to controlling what we can alongside me.  

Much love and many blessings,

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Let's Be Real.

Let's be real.

I'm struggling.

The debt snowball is working, but thanks to some new medical debt and some car repairs we weren't planning is rolling SLOWLY.  We are still staying on the debt-free path, but we're also looking into some other options for making a few more dollars.

Of course, I'm still running my photography business in my free time.  However, in the last few years, I've been trying to really step back from the second full time career and spend more time with my husband and the girls.  We're making enough supplemental income to keep the debt snowball barely rolling downhill, but that's it.

I sold some clothes online last spring and plan to do the same thing this year to bring in a little money.  I also type monthly reports for my parents' home-based business every month and am thankful for that income that's helping us survive.

However, we just feel like we need to be more gazelle intense about adding extra money to our snowball.  We've cut down to a bare bones budget, but it doesn't seem to be enough for the big results we're looking for.

(Warning: Now Entering Dreamland)

And so, we've been thinking...

Should we try and flip a house?

Surely there's a property here in town that we could buy pretty cheap and remodel?  We have lots of skills between the two of us...carpentry, plumbing, drywall, decorating.  I feel like we could work hard on it and have it done in a month and ready to go back on the market.  This is definitely a possibility we're praying about.

It's hard to be any more gazelle intense than we are already being when Matthew and I are working three extra jobs between the two of us.

Just thinking out loud here.

Thoughts?  Advice?  Any house-flippers out there?

Dreaming about a debt-free life,