I am back from my extended Christmas vacation. I had a great Christmas and New Year’s Day. It was pretty low-key working and spending time with my family and friends. I hope all of your holidays were an amazing time!
2012 was a great year for me overall. I’d like to celebrate the start of a new year by taking a look back at some great milestones from this past year:
Getting my finances in order. After finishing school and getting a full-time job, I have for the first time in my adult life been making enough money to cover my expenses and then some. I also finally made the financial changes I needed to. Starting a budget and figuring out how much money I could afford to spend each month has opened my eyes, and since the summer I have consistently paid down my student loans more than the minimum payment each month.
Starting Drop That Debt. Working as a server for a few months after school I was starting to feel like I wasn’t making any progress in my career. My degree is in marketing management, and I was thinking working in social media was a pretty great option. Starting up a blog began as an idea to improve my resume, but it has turned into so, so much more than that. I felt an instant connection with the personal finance blogging community, and my love of writing has been reignited because of this blog.
Buying my first home. My boyfriend and I got to purchase our first home this year. Thanks mostly to him, this is much sooner than I thought I would be able to. I am very thankful that I now get to start saving equity into a home instead of getting nothing back while renting.
Getting my first paid social media gig. I am happy to be working for Bridget over at Money After Graduation in my first ever social media / writing position. It has been a lot of fun and I hope to start getting a few more clients in the new year.
Finishing school. It was a long 6.5 year haul and I am very happy to finally be done with school. I did enjoy my program and the school itself, but all of the financial stress as well as having to work two jobs during school meant I was way too busy all of the time. I truly appreciate the free time that leaving school has left me (which I have used to start this blog, for example!).
What were some of the great things that happened to you this year?