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 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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Day 3046 – Veteran’s Day Freebies

I think Veteran’s Day is one of my favorite days of the year. It is also one of the days I eat the most food. I’m really thankful for so many generous restaurants that give great freebies to the Vets. Shout out to Krispy Kreme for giving us a little extra too. Vet friends in Maryland, next year, check out Crofton, MD for the closest proximity of Veteran’s Day restaurant deals. I seriously saw about 5-10 of the restaurants we looked into within .25 miles. Ha ha, there’s even a movie theater in one of the shopping centers, so you can catch a movie while your food settles.

So how did our day go? Well, we started our journey at Little Caesar’s. It had been quite a while since either of us had their pizza and boy howdy, it had been too long. Bret got a free personal pizza and drink combo for free. I got the same thing. While we could just got to all the places and get free food for Bret, we like to support each place and we purchase something for me too.

The pizza was just delicious. We were going to Olive Garden next, so we only had one piece each.

Oh my goodness, we love Olive Garden! We’ve only gone a few times, but every time is a really great time and super delicious food. Bret got a free entree which included unlimited soup and breadsticks. I got a neverending pasta bowl, and soup and breadsticks. We only got one refill of breadsticks. Seriously, I wonder how many people can actually get and eat a refill.

We left very full, and planned on picking up a gift from a friend, but thought Krispy Kreme was better first. We actually got a little extra from Krispy Kreme, so thank you!

All in all, a really wonderful day. The weather was great, and since we love Fall, it was wonderful drinking in the beauty.

How did you spend Veteran’s Day?

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Day 3045 – We’re Going On An Adventure!!

Since today is Veteran’s Day, and Bret’s a vet (hmmm, there’s a kid’s book in there, me thinks), we’re visiting a few places for free food. We have a stop in Annapolis, so we’ll be visiting the restaurants down there. What’s on our list? Well, we’ve got a free donut at Dunkin’, a free doughnut and coffee and Krispy Kreme, a free lunch combo at Little Caesar’s (if we finish our work in time), a free sandwich at Mission BBQ, we might get the free entree (with those amazing unlimited salad and breadsticks) at Olive Garden. We’re also both in a “let’s really define our goals with photos and quotes and videos” moment. It’s funny, I’ve been wanting to rewrite my mission statements for some time, and Bret happened to have the same realization last night. So the driving will be filled with conversations about our goals and dreams. We’ve learned so much about that recently. It’s so important to really define your goals and how to achieve them.

Are any of my veteran readers getting some freebies today?

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