This is the part of a renovation we all hear about on the shows on TV..."we exceeded the budget"..."we blew the budget"..."our budget wouldn't allow for that"...Budgets sound like dream killers! But, sometimes its all in your perspective...
Dreams Don't Cost a Dime/Budgets Spend Every Dime - When you are dreaming about your dream home or all the things you want to do to make the home you are working on your "dream home", you can dream all day--and not spend a penny! Dreams cost nothing! It's awesome to dream. To plan. To think about "what if". With a budget, you need to spend every penny on your budget list BEFORE you actually spend it from your wallet. So, for a little bit, the budget can be like a dream. You can "pretend" spend for the most expensive countertops or a new pool, but after you "pretend" spend it, you see what you would have left over. Which might not be so great. But, with a budget, you can adjust your "pretend" spending as much as you want until you find the right combination, then you can FOR REAL spend. Which makes some dreams take FOR REAL shape!
Dreams are Inspiring/Budgets can be a Challenge - When you have a dream, you can be inspired on how to make that dream come true. Sometimes our dreams aren't untouchable. One dream can lead to another or evolve into something completely different. With a budget, it can be challenging to make a certain dream happen (at first) but it can actually be a fun challenge to find a way to make your dream fit in the budget. For instance: there was a certain style of flooring I loved the look of. I didn't want it took look like anything else. I learned about a different product, then found a better price and BOOM I have this beautiful floor that was in my budget! (In fact, it was one of the biggest things we needed and we didn't go over budget on it at all!). Every time I look down, it just feels good and makes me happy! It didn't have to be the most expensive for the style that I wanted. Sometimes when someone says, "you can't have that, it's too expensive" it sounds like a challenge to me and I want to prove them wrong! Look at your budget with positive eyes. You'll never know what you can get if you don't!
Dreams aren't Tangible/Budgets are Tangible - When you are dreaming, you can't see it, touch it, smell it or cook on it. It's just a thought in your beautiful head. But, when you budget for something, it takes that thought and makes it something you can cook on! It makes your dream REAL. Dreaming is nice, but when it's for real it can be so much better. Who wants a million dollar mansion in their minds ONLY and live in the street, when you can have a REAL HOME that you feel safe and warm in.
Dreams can Change/Budgets are Immovable - Ok. These are two big statements that DO have some gray area. Dreams CAN change, but sometimes we have dreamed about something for DECADES and no matter what we do, it's still there. THAT DREAM. When you have a budget, there is an END to the cash you can spend. You are done. Except, maybe you don't have to spend so much on THIS item and you can push it to THAT item. Boom. It moves! It's all in your perspective. Sometimes a dream we have had forever CAN be fulfilled--but maybe it won't be in the EXACT way you thought it would be. When you are dealing with a budget, you may have only so much to spend, but, sometimes things will be less than you expected and some things will be more and you can adjust accordingly.
Dreams Keep Us Going/Budgets Make Things Happen - Our dreams keep us pushing for those things we want. They fuel us to do better at our jobs, with our families --to even be better people. We need our dreams to keep a fire in our belly and our "eyes on the prize". But a good budget, well a good budget MAKES THINGS HAPPEN in our lives! We see them as a restriction, as a barrier, but they are the tools we use to get what we want and what we need!
Dreams are our strategy for battle...and Budgets are our swords! Let us RAISE OUR SWORDS and fight with all our might until we get all of our goals accomplished!