VOTE

February 27, 2014 — 2,843 Comments

We live in an amazing country based on the ideal that the government is of the people, by the people and for the people. If you don’t vote, you have cut off that process. To vote is a privilege to be exercised whether for local, state or federal elections. We vote every day with our dollars, attention and time. Why would we not cast a ballot and vote for those who will lead during the next term? Continue Reading…

Be The Light

February 20, 2014 — 2,378 Comments

Every day we have a choice: Be the light or Be ‘normal’

What ignites your indignation? Use that ignition to energize you to do something. Creating a fire that warms and calls to others. Matt Chandler
What do you do with that? Create glowing purple cows that invite people to ask questions, to revel in their weirdness and to ship their art. Seth Godin
Why do you care? Create that golden circle and radiate the light and blessings you’ve been given from your “why” to your “how” and “who” Simon Sinek
How do you guard your heart? Inside a perimeter of fire, we guard our passions so that our lives stay vibrant and powerful (not dull and cold) Michael Hyatt
What are your best skills/talents? Your skills and strengths only strengthen and purify in the heat of life, in the crucible of decision-making. Deb Ingino
Who do you turn to for encouragement? When you get stuck between a rock and a hard place, and sparks fly, reflect the light of God Promises Financial Coaching

If you and I have money to handle our own needs and share with others, you and I have lit their lives.

If you and I know our strengths, we will know who to team up with to balance complimentary strengths. Then you and I have shined light on large groups of people directly and indirectly.

If you and I keep that spark of encouragement and hope, we will be invited to shine all the more brightly. As an example of wise money management. As leaders in our families. As radical service providers in our careers. When we get our money under control, we turn the mirror of our lives to reflect God’s light outward to others, rather than gathering the light to ourselves and for ourselves alone. Shine, my friends

Manage Well

February 18, 2014 — 2,630 Comments

You have the same amount of hours in a day as Nelson Mandela, Abraham Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt. It’s all in how you manage your resources (money or career or skills or time or fill-in-the-blank) that shows the difference between reacting and being proactive. If we plan how to best use our resources,  Continue Reading…

Engage For Results

January 21, 2014 — 2,516 Comments

Coaching is an interactive process. You must engage for results. If you only want information, please join our mailing list to the right of this post and subscribe to YouTube.com/PromisesFC. When you are ready for the next level, request an appointment and engage with Coach Julia to get results.

What does Seth Godin have to say about coaching? Listen in and find out

Money and Food

January 14, 2014 — 2,193 Comments

What do money and food have to do with each other?

Money and food are fuel. Money and food are served and consumed by us daily. Money and food can be used to build peace, health and capability. Money and food can be ignored allowing chaos, fear and illness. Be intentional.

Take a look at what a few dollars now does to your retirement projections

 

 

Free Cell Phone – really?

December 19, 2013 — 15 Comments

So the morning headline was “FREE CELL PHONE FOR STUDENTS” – sounds like a good deal, right? I thought so too until I started reading the fine print:

1 – You have to purchase a cell phone from this electronics store at full price. This isn’t a deal breaker for me, but it requires some up front cash.
2 – There is a small monthly charge to administer the account, and there is a dangerous overage charge for the data plan (unless you are a very light data user).
3 – You may want to consider before upgrading your student to a smartphone that requires a data package. Simplicity, like a cell phone that only talks and texts, can be a fine gift.

Consider carefully what kind of cell phone is truly a “gift” and what kinds might set a young person up to overspend.

Are you considering getting that special someone a cell phone or smart phone for Christmas? Refuse to pay retail. Consider this:

Typically, in your household budget, fuel costs are your biggest fluctuating expenses. You use your car to get to work and meet family obligations. You use your mind and body to serve well at work and at home, so let’s fuel your physical as well as we fuel your vehicle.

This is part 4 of a 4 part series on using a slow cooker to create meals at very low cost and small time investment. Whether you are a family of 6 or a family of 1, the principles stay the same: cooking at home saves you money. Merry Christmas! You get two recipes for the “price” of one post: BBQ Pulled Pork and Salsa Chicken.

At this time of year, spiral cut ham and frozen turkeys are mainstays to holiday celebrations. Prime cuts of meat are also expected to sell well (prime rib, ribeye, pork loin, etc). Watch for when the meat manager at your favorite grocery store throws on sale Pork Shoulder (aka “Boston Butt” or “Picnic” cuts). This cut of meat has good fat marbling and is hard to overcook or dry out in your slow cooker.

Ridiculously Easy Pulled Pork

One Pork Shoulder
1 bottle BBQ sauce of choice (If you will be serving with onions and pickles, go for a Hickory or Honey Mustard variety. If you’re serving it straight up, go for whatever suits your fancy.)

Put in your slow cooker for 6 – 8 hours on low. Let cool for a few minutes, then shred with two forks or chop with a good sharp knife. It’s ready to serve when your sandwich buns are lightly toasted or your baked potatoes are begging for a topping of this good stuff.

Variations:

http://allrecipes.com/video/670/slow-cooker-pulled-pork/

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/slow-cooker-pulled-pork-sandwiches-recipe/index.html

 

Salsa Chicken

This works great with chicken breasts or chicken thighs – whatever your preference or what is on sale.

2 – 3 lbs. chicken
1 can reduced sodium Cream of Mushroom soup, plus milk as directed on can
Taco Seasoning (create your own mix or use a packet)

Put in your slow cooker for 6 hours on low, come home to a fabulous smelling home and serve this main dish with rice or pasta plus your favorite veggie side.

Variations:

http://www.skinnytaste.com/2013/10/embarrassingly-easy-crock-pot-salsa.html

http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=871817

 

Whether you are an experienced cook, or you are just getting started, enjoy these recipes! When you have a success, call me and let’s celebrate your physical and financial health. – Julia, 817 999[2748]

Typically, in your household budget, fuel costs are your biggest fluctuating expenses. You use your car to get to work and meet family obligations. You use your mind and body to serve well at work and at home, so let’s fuel your physical as well as we fuel your vehicle.

This is part 3 of a 4 part series on using a slow cooker to create meals at very low cost and small time investment. Whether you are a family of 6 or a family of 1, the principles stay the same: cooking at home saves you money. Read on if you have a chicken (or turkey) carcass that holds lots of flavor and meat just waiting to be used in a hearty soup to keep you warm as the temperatures drop.

 

Chicken-Tortilla Soup Continue Reading…