I like the finality of the end of a year and the beginning of a new one. I know it’s just another day, really, but it feels nice to have a completed chapter in the book. And so, this time of year, I like to think back and see where we were 12 months ago and consider the life changes that have happened.
2012 was a pretty big year for us. I started the year off with a major job that caused me intense amounts of stress, but brought in quite a chunk of cash, so we were actually prepared when Dominic stayed breech and I had to have a C-section.
Obviously, his birth was the biggest event this year. Adding a whole new person to the family is a big deal and this was no exception. My sister visited around that time, as well. She was originally supposed to come for Dominic’s due date, but he was born 2 weeks before her arrival.
We successfully navigated first grade with Dorian and kindergarten with Dante. There were some big spaces where we didn’t do any school because of sicknesses and my trying to recover from surgery, but we did pretty well overall.
The other huge thing that happened this year was that I finally ditched bosses and clients and became 100% independent. It’s been a goal for a while, but I never made enough money to drop the client work. While I’ve had some great clients, deadlines and dealing with the not so great clients were enough to turn me off working that way forever. So being able to transition to just working on my own stuff, websites, Squidoo lenses, books and articles written on spec, has been amazing. While it isn’t a killing and I barely make enough to keep us going (Irving’s music income is our additional money), the fact is . . . I’m doing what I’ve dreamed of for ages!
And now, I have more time to be with my kids and enjoy life because I don’t have deadlines anymore. Much of the income is “passive” so I can not work and money will still be generated, which is a pretty cool feeling. Of course, now the goal is to build on that so that we are able to put something away for a rainy day.
Here’s to a great New Year!