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 a year. I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $80,000-$100,000 through blogging, a rental home, and professional pet sitting. 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). I even have all of my favorite tools on a resource page – I hope they help you too.
This all gives me the time to be with my aging family members, the flexibility to stay close with my friends and family, and it should help if we finally get pregnant too! Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!