So I’ve been asked to speak on “living within a budget” for a women’s event that my church is hosting on Sept 23rd. It is going to be part of a series about living your faith intentionally. (Contact me if you want to come.)
I AM SUPER excited because, as a former teacher, I LOVE teaching and don’t get to do it anymore.
AND I LOVE talking about why my ideas are awesome.
Oh wait. Herein lies the problem. Are my ideas awesome? Hmmmm . . . .
In preparation for this talk, I have realized that I have approximately 12.5 hours of material. Even I, with a slight case of narcissism, know that my ideas are not that awesome. As you can imagine, this is too much material even if I ply the listeners with yummy brownies.
I want to say everything about budgeting that I know and also throw in quite a bit about which I know nothing just so that I seem smart. I also want to make sure that I cover every possible question that anyone might have about the subject or address potential problems that people are hoping that I address.
Also I want to seem clever. And funny. And not annoyingly long-winded. And of course, super spiritual, not in a daunting way, just in a “WOW, I bet her kids never poop on themselves and then wipe it on the walls” kind of way.
And I want something cute to wear.
This is the curse of the people-pleaser with no fear of public speaking and a tendency to ramble.
Do you talk so much that you have a reasonably strong fear that you will actually die, pass away, in the middle of the sentence? This haunts me. I have long prayed to become shy and pristine. Maybe I have not been quiet long enough to hear the answer to this one.
Okay, but back to the talk for the women’s meeting. My goal in this post is to ascertain from you my readers, some of whom may actually come to hear my talk, what budgeting problems, queries, or questions would you like to hear about? Maybe this will help me to filter out some of my random rambles. (Oooo “Random Rambles,” wow, that just suddenly became my new fav category idea.)
Please let me know if you have any questions for a totally un-financial person who is bad at math, never reads non-fiction or self-help book, has not read Dave Ramsey (don’t pass out), or that blonde lady that Kristin Wiig does the impression of, and has only practical experience and no debt on her side.
Hmmm . . . temporary narcissism now has been replaced by crushing sense of inadequacy. Please ask easy questions. What’s your budget problem?