The blogging community as a whole used to a hub of chatter, gossip, life updates, and online friendships. It’s still alive and kicking, but it seems a lot quieter now than it was in 2009-2011. How are all of you doing? I know life is amazingly busy for a lot of us, but specifically, what’s been going on? I miss chatting regularly with all of you!
My Summarized Life Update
To help catch anyone up on my end, I started Budgeting in the Fun Stuff (BFS) when I was 27 years old in February 2010. I’m now 31, still married to the same Mr. BFS, we now both work from home but still have our own side hustles too (reffing and pet sitting respectively), and we still live right outside of Houston, TX. Our income has fluctuated from $5000 a month all the way up to $23,000 a month and back to $6000 just while you’ve known me. We have lost two grandparents since I started blogging, but I’ve also gained a brother-in-law to be and I have a niece or nephew on the way. We recently lost our two dogs that I wrote about a lot too, but I started a pet sitting business earlier this year to help fill in that pet blank and because I seem to prefer money over free time.
We’ve also moved into a larger home in 2012 that we truly enjoy. My main personal finance view point is still that it is very possible to live within your means while still enjoying life in the way you want the most. I write a lot about how to have fun on a budget or how to save for expensive fun while also planning for your golden years. My favorite saying is “You can have anything but you just can’t have everything”. Life is about prioritization. My husband and I are having to prioritize more now than ever since we do own two homes now (our last one is now our rental property), and there are a lot of expenses that are no longer flexible.
I’d label myself as a realistic optimist in general, although I have bad days too. My long-time readers seem to think that I am a pure ball of energy and are the most supportive commenters ever. I rarely show my bad days here since I’d like at least all of y’all to only see the best side of me. Yay for writing! Speaking of which, I have published two eBooks (both in the left sidebar), “How I Make Money Blogging” and “Managing Your Monthly Nut”. The blogging one is definitely the most popular, and I do not mind at all. I definitely enjoyed writing that one more and that probably showed up in my work.
My life centers around the people in it. My husband and I are extremely thankful for our local support network and spend as much time with our closest friends as possible. I write about our cheap fun like board gaming potlucks as well as our splurges like our annual summer vacations. Honestly, you may have noticed that I write about pretty much everything.
So, what have you been up to recently? How has life been treating you? How would you describe yourself when it comes to your financial and life-in-general mindsets?
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!