Day 3056 – My Face Waiting For Bret To Get Off School

Oh man, I can’t wait until I get to see this for the next 3 days! Woooo!

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Day 3053 – How To Take Control Of Your Finances

One thing that Bret and I have started to be really aware of is our budget. We’ve used Mint (totally free and amazing for budgeting and goals) for about 3 years. It’s helped us have a good picture of what we’re actually spending, not what we think we’re spending. As Bret has been growing his real estate investing business, there have been a whole lot of mindset shifts, growth, and thinking about things differently (for both of us). One thing we’ve started to do is have a weekly “finances meeting.” We look at our budgets, how close we are to going over, and looking at our net worth. We’ve started to keep our “envelope accounts” (one for taxes, one for bills, one for real estate, etc) as Capital One 360 savings accounts. What’s great about that is we’re earning interest on them every month. It’s great seeing our passive income grow, just by keeping our money there. I added a section to our spreadsheet that now lists all of those envelope accounts and our Roth IRA accounts. It’s awesome seeing our total net worth going up. I’ve found keeping a weekly eye on our budgets has been helpful. It lets us see if we have room to add in something fun or not. It also lets us know if we won’t meet our budget for something, and quickly see where we’ll have to move money from another category (basically, it’s less going to savings).

So what used to give me major anxiety, guilt, and shame (because of our debt), now brings encouragement, and accuracy.

What do you do to keep track of your finances?

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Day 3052 – Happy Mickey Mouse Day!!!

What a great thing to celebrate! I love Disney and Mickey, and all things fun. Here’s one of my favorite pictures of myself in mouse ears!

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Day 3051 – Fallback Friday To A Fun Behind The Scenes!

This came up in my On This Day today, and I wanted to reshare! Such a fun wedding, and a fun behind the scenes post.

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Originally Posted 11/17/14
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Whenever I do a behind the scenes, I try to include at least one “nice” picture of us….

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But we tend to attract fun and silly clients, so the “nice” pictures don’t last long…

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When the couple is eating dinner, we tend to kind of sit back, relax a little and watch the action. Bret decided this was the best spot…

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“Ha ha, I’m just kidding guys, you can enjoy your meal in peace.”

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“Sherry, will you tell me a story? It’s a good time, right?”

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Bret always seems to get the cake body guard task…

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“Ummmm, yea, I took a bite….is that ok?”

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And to finish out….I love this shot kicking back with the bride showing her some fun shots. 🙂

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Day 3050 – Blogging For Six And A Half Years – or – Almost Half A Million Words Written

Six and a half years of writing every day. Six and a half years of sharing stories about marriage, travel, business, wedding photography, silly things, serious things, my alcoholism, grief, joy, minimalism, etc. It has been a wonderful, humbling, amazing, slow journey. The other day, I did a little math, and realized I’ve written almost half a million words. It’s hard to say the exact number because there are a few Bret guest posts, there are some days I only share a photo, there are some days I write really long posts. But I did the following calculation – 6.5 x 365 = 2372.5 posts/days x 200 words (figured that’s a good average) = 474,500 words. People with sometimes say, “wow! You blog EVERY day? How do you do it??” Honestly, it’s just become a habit. It’s one of those things that I automatically do. Some days are harder to write than others. Some days aren’t my best work. Some days I’m lazy. But it is a habit in my life, and one of the longest kept habits I’ve ever had. After reading Dream Big, Think Small (*Amazon Affiliate Link – because I truly believe in this book) by Jeff Manion, my whole mindset about achieving my goals and dreams completely changed. Before I used to think, there’s no way I could do XYZ, it will take forever to do! But after I read the book, I realized, wait, if I do a little bit of something every day, it builds up to something big. I only have to look at my blog to see a HUGE thing I’ve done. Here’s the thing, in some ways, I don’t think the blog is a big deal, because it’s just something I do. But when I take a step back, and see what it has amassed, what it totals up to, I am just in awe. Just me showing up every day has lead to something I’m very proud of. Rereading my posts (less than 1000 to go! Eeep!) has shown me how much potential rough content I have for other things – more ebooks, digital products, etc. It’s shown me I don’t need to reinvent the wheel when creating things.

I sit here, on the verge of tears with gratitude….for YOU, my dear faithful readers. Thank you for allowing me to take part of your day. Thank you for coming back. Thank you encouraging me to keep going through your views, likes, comments, and shares. Here’s to another 6.5 years, or more. Happy anniversary friends!!!

And here’s to my first photo on the blog.

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