The way I see it, we had one heck of a year!
My husband finished graduate school last summer, so we were able to stop forking over that cash. PLUS, he was able to get a school librarian position that pays about $4000 more a year than his old teaching job.
I discovered blogging and made more than $5000 after expenses in 2010. After taxes, I should still come out ahead by at least $3000. My husband continued reffing high school football as a hobby job and brought in another $2000.
Overall, our net worth went from $124,700 to $166,900 – up $42,200 overall! In short, this was our best financial year ever!
2010 was a great year for us mentally as well. We both made new friends, which is an emotional life saver in and of itself. I found the best hobby ever through blogging (thank you all). Mr. BFS discovered the joys of a new hobby too – Curling.
We also found out that he was suffering from a mild depression due to his old job – he’s felt like a new man since becoming a librarian in late August. Lastly, we both learned to communicate a little better and support each other even more, so our home life is better than ever. 🙂
Of course, there were some very hard parts of 2010 as well. My husband’s maternal grandmother passed away in May. She was the first close family member that either one of us has ever lost. She was a great woman – extremely loving, positive, and friendly despite the pain she had been in for years. I’m glad she isn’t suffering anymore, but saying goodbye wasn’t easy for anybody. The toughest part to handle was that she and hubby’s grandpa had been married for about 60 years – the death of a spouse in a relationship that long is mind boggling. Grandpa is getting along better than expected, but it is obvious he feels like he is missing his other half.
That loss was by far the worst part of 2010. Graduate school and job hunting for Mr. BFS was our only other really bad time. Mr. BFS took way more hours than a normal graduate student for librarian sciences since he wanted to finish in 15 months instead of 2 years. That meant we had to come up with $15,000 over 15 months. Between January-August, hubby was finishing the last semester of teaching, taking 5 classes for graduate school, job hunting, and he lost his grandma. That was a very difficult part of the year.
If I had a drink on me, I’d raise my glass right now to the tough times and great times of 2010. We made it through and are better for it. Our happiness increased, we didn’t fall for a Paypal email scam, and we are doing better than ever. Here’s to a great 2011 as well!
How was your 2010?