Six years ago today, I started Budgeting in the Fun Stuff. It was on blogger.com, had white letters on a black background, and a few of you tuned in anyway. Bless you, crazy people. 😉
I’m not just being cliché when I say that this blog changed my life.
6 Years Ago
In 2010, I was 5 years into a dead-end office job that I fully intended to stick with for another 25 years. My husband was an 8th grade science teacher finishing his masters to become an elementary school librarian that Fall semester.
I was full of energy. I volunteered with the Houston SPCA and Pughearts. I spent 2010 growing this site with a post every day and I started staff writing like a nutball all over the internet…like 13 posts a week. I was such a fan of budgeting and personal finance that my husband and friends were relieved when I found this release.
We still had all of our family, our two dogs, and our first home was 8 years from being paid off.
The Last 6 Years
In 2011, everything started to change. That July, I left my full-time day job to blog and handle my online work full time. In January 2012, my husband left being a librarian and started working from home with me.
By the end of 2012, we bought our new home, and we paid off our first one in early 2013 (about 5.5 years earlier than expected…6 years from when we bought it). I became a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters, started volunteering with SMART Pet Rescue, and began rescuing stray dogs and one cat. I started another business, pet sitting, in February 2014.
I still loved (and love) budgeting and personal finance though I prioritize our day-to-day lives and relationships with others more now. We’ve lost two grandparents, both of our pups, became cat people (hahaha…I still love dogs too though), and our most recent home is 26 years from being paid off.
I’m a less dramatic person now, but that means I’m less bouncy too. My back hurts more, but I am happier with myself as a person. I’m more confident, less petty, and my hormones changed directions…I’m trying for a kid. I don’t think I am as funny, but I still have a sense of humor about life. I don’t really have a bucket list.
Overall, 6 years has turned into a completely different life path. The only true constants have been my husband, a growing friend base, our families, and my craving to be financially independent by age 52. I know I am an entrepreneur at heart. I don’t see a “real” job in my foreseeable future. That doesn’t mean I don’t miss the benefits like work staying at work, only being expected to work from 8am to 5pm, and being guaranteed vacation days where my coworkers would handle stuff while I was gone. It just means that I will trade that awesomeness for hour flexibility and working with cute animals.
I still appreciate every, single reader that comes here. From day one, the fact that you are reading is what has me writing. Even though life is crazy right this second, you reading is why I took the time to write this out last night at 1am. Thank you.
Hope the next year is good too!
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 $70,000-$90,000 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!). Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!