Life Updates

Life Updates

Hey everyone. Man, what a summer it’s been, eh? (no, I’m not Canadian). I have been absent lately, and I apologize for that. There’s been some major life changes and also, it’s been sunny out in the Seattle area, which is an absolute rarity, so I have found it hard to sit inside and type away at a screen instead of enjoying playing baseball in the backyard with my son and crawling around in the grass with my baby girl. We have also been having fun adventures at “Gammies cabin” in a warmer part of the state, and have basically been enjoying every second we can milk out of this beautiful weather!

As far as life changes, the big one is that I have changes jobs twice in the last 3 months. I got promoted to manage a team within my company, which was pretty awesome. I had always aspired to management, and really enjoyed putting a team to work and accomplishing some major goals in a short amount of time. But shortly thereafter a much more compelling offer came along to join the IT team, and I finally left my company after 7 years with the same team. It feels a bit weird, and awesome at the same time. I am two days into my new role and enjoying it immensely.

Change Is Easy, Change Is Hard

I also realize I haven’t spoken much about jobs, careers, income and the like because I feel like it’s easy to excuse earning more money as “too hard” and will get responses like “easy for you to say, you can’t just go out and make more money.” I have kept this blog focus on budgeting, savings, wise spending, DIY skills, and all kinds of frugal information on how to travel for free, get great deals and generally cut your spending by a LOT while still enjoying life. But in reality, that is only half the puzzle. To save money, you need income. Period.

I have touched on it indirectly through posts like Life Is Too Short To Be Lazy, but savings money and making money are driven by the same thing: Your Passion! You can think of your passion as the driving force for all money decisions in your life. It is the spark that ignites and the fuel that burns to keep your ship moving while you navigate the waters of your financial life. Without it, you’re just floating there in the harbor, or worse, sinking (in debt) in the middle of the ocean. You need to tap into that passion if you are ever going to make any impactful and lasting change to your finances.

I always start a budget by asking “what are your life priorities?” What I should ask is “what is your passion?” That can quickly get to the heart of how to find the leverage to make big financial changes. I’ve covered the budgeting and spending side thoroughly through my Real Reader Budgets, but you need to use that same motivation to attack the other side of the equation: Your Income. So I’ll be talking a bit more about making money and all the things that go with building the income side of the equation.

Attitudes About Money Based On Margin

My wife and I were recently having a conversation on the way home from the cabin about our attitudes about money based on how much money we were able to save each month. We realized that we had 3 distinct attitudes for our 3 different outcomes at the end of each month. I’m putting together a 3 part series that is in conversation format between my wife and I based on where we have been and where we are now, and how that affected our decision making.

As much as we want money to be all math and numbers, there is no way to separate it from our emotions. Money touches almost every aspect of life, and has a deep emotional and psychological effect on us whether we realize it or not. And how we think about our financial situation can have huge implications on the decisions we make with our money. So this will be a non-scientific dive into our financial mindset over the past few years and hopefully some of you can resonate with it and avoid some of our financial pitfalls and join our financial successes.

Other Updates

Mostly, I am enjoying life. My boy is now 2 1/2 years old, and my little girl is 7 months old. It is an absolute joy and honor to be their Dada and to get to watch them explore their world in a way that only kids can. I love watching them learn, love and laugh.S

Nolan and Daphne

My wife and I just celebrated our 6 year wedding anniversary. More and more each year I get to discover my wife and her beautiful soul. We have lived a lot of life together now, and it just keeps getting better and better.

Nerdy Blog Updates

My blog is still alive and kickin’. I know I haven’t posted in a month or so, but there is so much financial fun ahead is CRAZY! So stay tuned πŸ™‚

I’m also joining the nerds at the Financial Blogger Conference this year in New Orleans. Basically, a bunch of us money nerds get together and talk about spreadsheets, financial statements and how we saved a ton of money on toilet paper last month. It’ll be a friggin’ blast! Oh, and we also talk about nerdy blogging stuff like SEO, WordPress plugins, Social sharing, etc. WOOT!

Welp, that about wraps up the updates for now. And stay tuned, as I’ve got a BIG giveaway coming up soon that you DON’T want to miss!

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  1. MomofTwoPreciousGirls says:

    Well, I figured the absence was just about having that new baby girl and enjoying summer with the family…congrats on your new adventures! Look forward to new content…you always put a great spin on topics. I’ve still been going strong with a lot of your advice and it has made all the difference this past year!

    • Glad to hear! And thanks for the encouragement πŸ™‚ I love hearing stories of people changing their financial lives. Isn’t the long term result so much better now? The future is so bright you’re gunna need shades πŸ˜‰

  2. Congratulations on your new position and all the enjoyment you are receiving (and giving) in your life. I look forward to meeting you at FinCon!
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  3. Congrats on the new position!!!! I’m sure it’s exciting. And no worries, summers are to be enjoyed. I myself am guilty of taking some time off.
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  4. Glad to see a new post from you! Sounds like you have had a very busy summer. Congrats on the new position.

    Your kids are adorable!
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  5. Looking forward to the 3 part post on money outlooks. Like you said, you can’t separate money from emotion…
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  6. Your babies are so cute!!!!! Glad you are enjoying your summer. The weather has been awesome here too. It makes it hard to stay indoors!
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  7. I love your ship metaphor. Passion is what drives it, there is no doubt about it. And having a dream creates that passion. Well said, and welcome back!

  8. Congrats on your new job–how exciting! Your kiddos are adorable, love the photos. Looking forward to reading the 3-part series on your financial mindset!
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  9. 10. Thanks for sharing your life with us. Your little girl is so adorable. You are really happy and love them so dearly. Belated Happy 6th Wedding Anniversary! Changes are sometimes easy and sometimes hard. It’s up to you on how you adopt it. I had fun reading this article.
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  10. Glad to see you back, Jacob, and glad all is going well. Good for you for taking the time to play with and enjoy your beautiful family. Those kids will be grown before you know it. πŸ™‚
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  11. I’ve always been pretty good about saving, it’s the earning more that’s always been a struggle.
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