Wednesday, November 4, 2015

School Starts and Boom, the Holidays are Here!


It feels like time speeds up in the Fall.  I know each hour has the same number of minutes that it had in July but October, November and December minutes seem to be made of faster seconds.  The budgeting of those seconds feels just as important as the balancing of the checkbook.

My home life has shifted dramatically in the past year. We have only one child at home, we are the only family in town for an elderly parent and we have moved from our home of 25 years into a smaller place. Each piece of that new story takes a lot of precious time. That time just swirls around me unless I make a real effort to SAVE, SPEND and SHARE each moment!

My years at Moonjar have seamlessly allowed me to include those actions, Save Spend and Share as the fabric of who I am and right now that is helping me with time. The SAVE part is the hardest for me (and I think traditionally for most women). I am working on saving time and depositing it into a book I want to read. I too often turn to the book when I am too tired to get more than a page in.  The SPEND part of this time budget is filled with planning it seems. How do we visit the college kids or get them home or visit my family or take a breath together just as our small family. I am trying to keep a log of what I am doing and what I am trying to do with this Spend time.  SHARE is my favorite part of time budgeting because to me, Share means give my time to others. I feel like a few of those swirling seconds are returned to me and slowed down a bit when my Share box is full.

Moonjar is about opening conversations around money with our children and families but if we can’t budget our time, those conversations are too rushed and turn into lost opportunity.  So in this crazy busy faster than usual season, be kind to yourself and see if “Moonjaring” your time gives a little instant to breathe.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

‘Why Do I Laugh and other poems’ at Moonjar

Here at Moonjar we are blessed with magical moments.  A very special family came to visit and shared a book written by their young entrepreneur called ‘Why Do I Laugh and other poems’ by Grae Paige.  The book is filled with inspirational poems written from the heart.

The family has used Moonjar for years.  The children have them and they also give them to all their family members and friends as gifts.  

We at Moonjar love hearing stories like this! 

The author Ms. Grae Paige, used her savvy sense about money learned from using Moonjar to self-publish her book.  She is now hoping to recoup some of the cost thru selling it on line and other outlets.  It is available on line at, on Amazon and at Moonjar.

We are very proud of Grae Paige! Thank you to her and her family for sharing with us.