The new year is always a time of reflection for me. I am not big on “resolutions” per se, but I do think the new year provides an opportunity to reflect and to make a fresh start, to regroup and refocus. The two major areas that I’m focused on are time and money.
In the area of money, my husband and I are in the process of setting up a new budget. We also re-instituted personal spending cash. Those quick trips and little expenses can really add up, and so we’ve decided to work together to be more accountable for our spending. We both have a similar view on debt (bad), but don’t always see eye-to-eye on how exactly the money should be allocated or on how we perceive our financial situation. I think our new budget will go a long way to solving that issue. However, that means that we need to take a closer look at miscellaneous expenses, like my blog for example. I have to pay the domain registration fee each year, along with a monthly fee for hosting. In the past, it’s been one of those miscellaneous expenses that gets overlooked, but adds up nonetheless. I was reminded of these fees a couple days ago when I got the “time to renew” notice in my email. There was a time when I thought I might *someday* use this blog as a way to contribute to our household income. This has never been the purpose of my blog. It was rather just a place to write and share. However, I can write privately, and I can share with friends and family (my main readership anyway, unless you count the hundreds and hundreds of spam bots that visit my blog LOL!) I’ve also considered that I might *someday* get back to designing templates for photographers (thus making it necessary to keep the blog up). In the very back of my mind I’ve also thought I might possibly *someday* go back to photography. However, those things require time.
With 3 kids, one with special needs, one schooling at home, and one newly mobile, I find that I just don’t have a lot of time, and *someday* seems very far away indeed. And, that’s a good thing! I love that right now my time is consumed with just being a mom, and I know without a doubt that I will miss this time with them being little, littler, and littlest. However, it also means that I must be extremely intentional with how I allocate my time. And so, I have decided that it’s time to let go of this blog…I cannot justify the expense of time or money. And so, I wish you all a very Happy New Year! See ya later!