Probably one of the most important parts of planning anything is how to pay for it. Some people find budgeting and being in charge of the money a scary job. Yes, there can be a lot of meticulous planning required (especially when it comes to collecting and sorting 200 people’s money) and it is an essential job, but not impossible.
Create a budget. Include costs of venue, activities, promotion, food, travel, etc. Even when booking an all-inclusive venue, make sure to add spots for promotion materials, decorations, an... Continue Reading
While we have offered a number of ideas and resources in our blogs and magazine articles, we thought we would compile our very best thoughts together in one place: Welcome to our step-by-step guide to retreat planning! This will be the first of five blogs in our series. Each blog will cover a different section and time frame of the retreat planning process.
We begin with preliminary planning. The hardest question when planning anything is where to start. Here’s a few of the key aspects that must be decided first.
This is how much money you can save on your taxes by having a child. And while that is a lot of money, it doesn’t come close to mitigating the impact that a new baby has on your finances. And when it’s your first child, you haven’t figured out that the expensive diapers aren’t any better than the cheap ones.
But hey, it’s better than nothing.
Admittedly I was a little anxious as I sped towards the hospital. It was New Years Eve and my wife was in labor. My car seemed to steer it... Continue Reading
One of my favorite parts of Christmas is going to church and singing all the holiday hymns. A couple of my personal favorites are “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”, “We Three Kings of Orient Are”, “What Child is This”, and “The First Noel”. However, my all-time winner is “Mary, Did You Know”.
In case you haven’t heard this song, each line starts with “Mary did you know that your Baby Boy” and gives one of the great things Jesus did while here, like walk on wa... Continue Reading