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Here's hoping 2009 is easier than 2008

December 26th, 2008 at 09:16 am

New Year's is just around the corner, so I am my usual contemplative self. I sure hope 2009 is easier emotionally than 2008.

As you probably remember, my dad died in July and I added the first baby to our family in April, quit my job, etc. All of that was emotionally very draining. (The baby still is. Good thing he's cute.)

It was a year of unknowns, but here we are.

We made it. Our savings goals were better than I had ever imagined. We managed to exceed our goals for the year. Despite me not having a full0time job. (I freelance, when I can get the work).

We have settled into the routine of being parents. Sure, we don't like spending so many nights at home, but it hasn't been all terrible. Once you get through those first three months, it gets a lot easier.

And, thanks to our No Spend Month experiment ([url]http://www.middlepathfinance.com/no_spend_month/[/url], honey and I talked about money and got on a budget for the first time ever. I'm hoping this will get us in even better financial shape. All of the 2008 goals I did without his input. I just did them, because I manage the money for both of us. (He helped, of course, by working!) Maybe we can do more amazing things in 2009 with both of us on the same page.

Our goals aren't as ambitious for 2009, I admit. They incorporate some more personal goals, like weight loss, travel, novel writing, etc. Money, sure, but it's not as at the forefront, mostly because I have no idea if I can get as much work thanks to the economic downturn. We'll see.

Am I the only one who gets contemplative this time of year?

3 Responses to “Here's hoping 2009 is easier than 2008”

  1. Tijdzhania Says:

    I also get very contemplative at this time of year, it's not always a good thing for me. But my better half told me that next year will be our year, which just melting me. I guess I must count myself lucky to be looking at the prospect of spending the upcoming year with him.

  2. thriftorama Says:

    I feel like 2009 might be our year. If all goes according to plan, we will be fulfilling some dreams by traveling to both France and Mexico. Fingers crossed...

  3. Homebody Says:

    No it's normal, the older you get the more often you get contemplative.... it seems like the older you get, each year faces new challenges. Congratulations on the baby and working together with your DH. You are way ahead on that than I was at your age.

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