Unfortunately, those are not the only times that I get grumpy. If I feel like I am the only one that contributes to keeping the house clean, I get grumpy. That is a key reason why I incorporated a chore chart in our daily routine. As soon as my girls get home from school, they know exactly what two chores they are supposed to do.
For the most part, I am a pretty happy individual. I always try to see the cup half full and looking for the good in everything. However, the past couple of months, I have overspent my budget and I found myself more grumpy than usual. I know that I am very blessed with the resources I need to keep my children fed and a roof over their heads so I should not allow having to dip into my savings account to stress me out. But it does. Money, or the lack there of, stresses most people out.
As I sit here and contemplate my life, I realize how great I have it. I am fortunate enough to have a savings account to dip into. So many people around our great country cannot say that. My children get three square meals a day plus as many snacks as they want. Yet 17 million American children go to bed hungry every night. Alexa von Tobel, Founder and CEO of LearnVest said it best, “Money isn’t about being rich, it is about being secure.” I know that I am far more secure than many Americans. That alone helps reduce the stress I feel inside and allows me to let go of the angry feelings I harbor. By letting go, I am able to be a better parent and keep my children from havign to experience my stress.
If your children are some of the 17 million going to bed hungry or you are worried that they will be part of that statistic soon, there is help. Wonderful organizations like People Helping People are there to help you get on your feet.
People Helping People is a non-profit organization “Strengthening Families through Successful Employment.” They help people realize their earning potential and teach them how to get a job and move up in that job. They do this through a series of completely free workshop where they teach interviewing skills, how to write a resume and cover letter, and how the game of work is played. Once you complete a set number of workshops, they actually pair you up with a mentor (also free of charge) that will help you use the knowledge you gained to go after the jobs you want. Last but not least, they bring employers into the mix and let you do real interviews with the companies they partner with.
I had the great opportunity to work with them as a mentor (taking a break currently to work on my degree). As a mentor, I feel like I gained as much from the workshops as the clients I was helping. If you are struggling to make ends meet, give them a call. Even if you have a job, give them a call. They can help you get notice at your current job and get promoted. Even though they have designed their program for women, people of all gender, education and skill levels are welcome.
Another great resource to look into is LearnVest. They have free tools that help you get your finances in order. I love their latest article, “The Secret Reason Women Aren’t Getting Raises.”
If you already make great money, consider giving back some of the blessing you have been given by volunteering with a local no-profit like People Helping People. I promise that it will be a very rewarding experience. I know it was for me.
Resources to check out:
People Helping People, http://www.phputah.org/ Call 801-583-5300 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org