Sunday, December 29, 2013

A Review of 2013 & Looking Ahead to 2014

This year was a tough one for our family, but we definitely grew a lot in 2013. Here we go..the good and the bad from 2013:

  1. We got approved for, designed, built, and lost a house all in the matter of months. (definitely a blessing in disguise)
  2. We graduated from Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University. 
  3. I got let go from my first industry job on my birthday in April.
  4. Our first baby, my therapy kitty Ying, passed away unexpectedly at the end of June.
  5. In July we adopted 2 kitten brothers from the Humane Society (Oscar and Bo).
  6. In August, I started teaching the lab portion of an Introduction to Web Design class. I also started my second semester of graduate school.
  7. In September, I finally found a job that wasn't minimum wage. I love it.
  8. In October, we moved out of our apartment in Cicero and moved to Noblesville. We are closer to everything and have less "interesting" neighbors here.
  9. My dad's doctor found a lump in his prostate in November. (He is having surgery to remove it in January - shouldn't need chemo or radiation after).

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2014

I've already started working on the things in my "goals for 2014" list. I've always felt it's stupid to start until January 1st to do something, so I've already started a few of these.

  • Get Young Love Graphics branded and start picking up several freelance jobs (no more than 5 at a time - be realistic).
  • Fill up my empty shelf (see more on this).
  • Tithe better. 10% - period. No ifs, ands, or buts.
  • Organize the apartment following the Organize in 5 Diary.
  • Love myself. I have already learned to love my body, so now it's turn to love the inside of myself - that's going to be a tough one.
  • Get rid of at least $10,000 of debt.

Have a happy New Year everyone!