How many of you have been reading BFS from the very beginning – way back in early 2010? I was laying in bed last week and it dawned on me that not only has it been nearly 4 years, but I am living a completely different life! Can you believe what can change in 4 years?!
Past vs Present – Changes
Here have been the largest changes:
- In 2010, all of our grandparents that we grew up with were still with us. That was both sets of my biological grandparents, my step-dad’s mom, and both sets of my husband’s grandparents. We have since had to say goodbye to hubby’s maternal grandma and my step-dad’s mom.
- I had just started blogging in early 2010…my world opened up a lot that year.
- In early 2010, I was working in the same cubicle job that I had since mid-2005. In early 2014, I have been self-employed for 2.5 years.
- In 2010, we made about $80,000 before taxes with our main jobs. Now we make about $125,000 a year before taxes with our online business.
- In 2010, we had been living in our first house for almost 3 years. Now that house is paid off, is used as our rental property, and we’ve been living in our forever home for more than a year.
- In 2010, we were just making close friends after a long dry spell of being semi-hermits. Now we have 10 close friends that we can really depend on and they can depend on us. I also have 7 great online/blogging buddies that I can talk to online with regularly and see in person 1-2 times a year.
- In 2010, we were used to taking one, solid vacation a year. Now I travel significantly at least 4 times a year to visit friends in other states, make it to conventions, and for fun.
- In 2010, we were positive that we wouldn’t ever want kids. Now we are rethinking that.
- In 2010, I was in between volunteer jobs (foster mom for Pugs and Meals on Wheels). Now I am a “Big” in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
- In 2010, I was nearing 180 pounds on the bathroom scale. I lost 30 pounds in 2011 thanks to Weight Watchers and hover around 155-160 now consistently by edging up, hitting the program again, losing 5-10 pounds, and then taking a break. It’s an odd cycle, but it has kept me in a way better range for nearly 3 years.
- I cut off all of my hair in 2013 – went from having bobs to 12-15 inch ponytails to having something close to a pixie cut consistently for more than 6 months. That probably only seems huge to me, but I love it and it feels like it changed me a lot, lol.
Past vs Present – Stayed the Same
Here is what has stayed the same:
- I am still married to the same Mr. BFS – we’re going on to 9 years. We’ve been together as a couple for more than 12 years now. 🙂
- We have the same dogs – Miss Doxie is almost 16 years old and Mr. Pug is almost 12 years old.
- We have four of the same close friends.
- We drive the same cars – my 2005 Chevy Aveo and my husband’s 2007 Toyota Prius. We are saving for a new-to-us car though since we think we only have a solid 1-2 years left with both of those.
Overall, I wake up in a different house, do a different job, hang with mostly different people, and have different hobbies. But I have the same husband, watch tv with the same pets, drive the same car, and there are a few familiar faces in our group. The last 4 years have had the happiest and saddest moments of my life. And before 2010, I had never been truly self-motivated. In 2010, I still thought that I could work the same job for a total of 30 years and retire modestly without going cubicle crazy. Now the idea of commuting to a dead-end job every day makes me gag.
Yep, it is astounding what 4 years can do…
What’s changed for you since 2010? Ever amazed by how fast it seems but how much can change at the same time?
FYI: I worked at a dead end cubicle job from 2005-2011 for about $30,000 per year. I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $80,000-$100,000 through blogging, professional pet sitting, hubby's reffing, and our rental home. If you’d like to start your own site (link to my free step-by-step guide), I highly suggest checking out Bluehost (my referral link with a nice discount for you, PLUS a free custom header banner from me!). I even have all of my favorite tools on a resource page - I hope they help you too. Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!