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By Tanya Wilson


The month of October traditionally is a time of reflection for me. In addition to it being the month of my birth, I decided to downsize into a smaller residence two weeks ago. Preparing for the move, I started to go through my closets, drawers and files. It’s amazing the things you find!

As I found receipts, I started assigning them into two piles, one representing necessary purchases, and one representing unnecessary purchases. The visual of those two piles was truly an eye opener. I could not believe how many things I had bought that I had not used or worn more than once or twice, not to mention the receipts for the times I didn’t feel like cooking.

The evidence was there, regardless of what I thought or how I justified my purchases, I had to come to terms with the need for improved focus in the area of money. Improving my focus would reduce unnecessary waste, and increase the range of my outside contributions.

It’s true that we don’t have to worry about the state of the economy today, surely if Our Father will take care of the sparrow, He will take care of you and I. But that guarantee does not absolve us from any obligation. Think about it, we can only wear one outfit at a time; do we really need a different pair of shoes for every outfit? If you do the math on cooking at home more, not only is it a healthy option, but the savings are significant.

In the book “The Millionaire Next Door,” by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko says maximizing what you already have positions you for sustainable wealth. So this year, I am committing to becoming a better steward over that that I am given as I continue to prove myself worthy of an enlarged territory.

Read more columns by Tanya Wilson, an inspirational speaker based in Charlotte. Find her on Facebook.

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