I’m excited to introduce a new series we’ll be doing at Life Your Way, called “Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow in the Life of…” Each week I’ll post an interview with someone as they share how their past has shaped who they are today as well as who they hope to be in the future. We’re starting with the Life Your Way contributors, but I’d love to include readers as well. If you’d like to participate, just send me an email at [email protected] and I’ll send you a questionnaire!
1. Looking back on your childhood, what events do you think shaped who you are today?
Growing up on a small Nebraska farm with very little money has definitely prepared me to take an simple approach towards spending and keeping a frugal lifestyle fun.
I didn’t even know how poor we were at the time, but now that I’m an adult, I see the ways my parents tried to keep us feeling blessed, even when we really struggled. I use this same approach with my own kids when times get tough — although I’ve been fortunate to not have to struggle as much as my parents did.
2. Were you always so frugal?
No. Unfortunately, I made some bad decisions as a young adult that resulted in massive debt.
Paying it off, however, taught me some of the best lessons about digging in and making sacrifices to get where you need to be in life.
3. How would you describe yourself today?
Laid back. I used to really get anxious about things and over-analyze everything. I also thought I had a pretty good ways of judging everything.
I now know that things are almost never as they seem, and to trust your instincts, but be ready to hear the other side of things before making a decision.
4. What do you most love about your life?
My children! I have 5 healthy blessings straight from Heaven, and it is a testament to how much God really loves me.
Of course, I couldn’t have enjoyed any of it without my best friend, and husband, who has given each one of them some quirky odd trait that makes them even more lovable.
5. What would other people be surprised to know about you?
I’m very competitive. I probably won’t appear that way from the outside, because I tend to be very sensitive and care for others’ feelings before my own.
But behind closed doors, I’m always plotting and planning for the day I take over the world LOL 🙂 Truthfully though, my kids complain that I can’t sleep at night until I’ve beaten ALL their high scores on the Wii games.
6. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
My goals aren’t as lofty as they used to be, but that’s because I’m met so many of them already!
My goals are strangely task related. I want to see my kids graduate from our home school and get accepted into killer colleges. I also hope to train them to clean the house better so I’m not struggling to keep up. Ultimately, I really just want to see our small farmhouse expanded into something that can accommodate 5 growing kids (right now we have just 3 bedrooms and no basement.)
However, if I can say that I’ve helped my husband get our little ones out into the world as responsible, happy adults, I won’t ask for any other goals to be met. Seriously!
7. What legacy do you hope to leave behind?
I want my children to learn to think for themselves, trust God, and above all, be caring, kind individuals. If they are janitors, or stay-at-home parents, or the next President, it doesn’t matter to me. I really want to leave behind a generation of loving people to do kindness in the world — the profession is just the way to pay the bills.
|Linsey Knerl is a homeschooling mom of 5, the Community Manager for Wise Bread.com, and a freelance blogger and writer. She co-authored the recent 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget, and you can read more about her at Lille Punkin’ and The Freelance Farmer.|