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Updates galore!

Happy post-Turkey day everybody! I hope all of your bellies are happy and hearts are full with new memories. If you’re like me, then you’ve still got another Thanksgiving celebration today! I’m so excited! I’ve never celebrated a holiday two days in a row. This is fantastic! Double the fun! Since I started working at 15, I’ve never had Black Friday off. This will be my first year ever (that might be a bit dramatic… I just can’t remember ever having it off). Am I going shopping you ask? Um, no. I’ve seen the videos. I’ve done it once when I was a kid. NEVER AGAIN. The hubs and I will cook some more today and have another wonderful day with our daughter before his family arrives this evening for another feast! We hosted Thanksgiving for my side of the family last night and we’ll host his side tonight. I have to say that I’m absolutely loving being the host! I love serving up the pie and getting everyone drinks. Gosh I love the holidays. We watched Christmas Vacation last night. I’ll probably watch it another 10 times before Christmas. I can’t get enough of that movie. It has the best quotes!

I’ve gotten a few requests asking for an update on how the house selling is going. The update is, well, there’s not really an update. We took the house off the market. I can’t tell you how relieved I feel to not have to worry about it during the holidays! I can make a mess baking cookies and have that be okay! Come spring, we’ll think about listing it again. “You’ll think about listing it again?” is probably what you’re saying to yourself. Here’s why: my dad gave us some great advice. He said, “Now that you’ve taken it off the market, why don’t you give yourselves a few months to see how things play out. Why don’t you see if moving is really in your best interest or if cutting down on expenses elsewhere allows you to pay off some debt and save like you want to?” I think that’s a good idea. We’ve revised the budget a bit the past few weeks and we’re actually pretty happy with the outcome. And with me going back to school in the fall and then teaching full-time in two years or so, we’ll be sitting pretty in this house. We kind of had a reality check when looking at apartments and town homes. The monthly rent on an apartment or town home is only a few hundred less than what we’re paying on our mortgage. I didn’t realize how much more cost effective it is in Omaha to buy rather than rent. There’s not a major difference in affordability like there is in big cities. So, to sum it up, right now we’re in limbo. We’re not sure what the best move is. We love our house but is it worth it? Stay tuned!

I’ll make a detailed post here coming up about our budget – how we created it and how we stick to it. Brad will be chiming in a lot on that post because he’s the budget master. The man can do things with spreadsheets that I’ve never seen before. I’ll share what both he and I have learned and what we still need to improve upon (which is a lot).

I’ve mentioned a few times now that I’m heading back to school in the fall. I’m so excited! I’ll be attending the College of Saint Mary to get my masters in Elementary Education in the fall. Since I was a kid I’ve wanted to be a teacher. I just didn’t know what I wanted to teach so I didn’t pursue it in my undergrad years. Then during college I was a camp counselor for a couple of years and mostly lead 8, 9 and 10 year olds. I absolutely loved it. And then my final course of college, Finance, was where I realized that I was meant to teach. One day before class, I came in a bit early. Students were standing up at the white board trying to figure out some problems together. I enjoyed the class and understood the material, so I thought I’d go up to help and try to explain the problem to them. I did and one girl looked at me and said “I hope you’re going to be a teacher. Can you help us with another one?” From that day on in the class, I’d come in before class and work problems up on the board for other students. More and more started showing up before class and I relished in it. I felt like I had found my place, albeit a little late in the game, but I knew then that’s what I was supposed to do. Since then, I’ve worked other jobs elsewhere but would day dream about teaching. I kept feeling a pull to teach. I’ve done so much research on why teachers quit after a few years, I’ve talked to other teachers about what they like and don’t like and I still feel like this is it. My mom told me once “No one can ever take your education away from you.” That’s a powerful statement. I want to give children the best possible education I can. I’m passionate about it. They’re our future. I want to be a part of shaping the future.

I’m lucky enough to have a husband who supports my dreams 100%. I kept complaining to him that I just wish I could teach. When I left my most recent position, he told me “just do it already!” and with his help I researched how to get my teaching certificate, met with a few different colleges and now I’m set!

This is one of my favorite quotes:

For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

I’ve got a few more blogs already in the works so I’ll be sharing those in the next couple of days. So many of you that read the blogs have reached out to me about your finances and budgets. I love it! I’m here if you ever need to vent. I’m here if you want somebody to celebrate in the victory of paying off your credit card! Just know that I’m here and I love talking to others about their situations. I’m always happy to hear ideas for budgets, so if you have any let me know! If you have any money saving tips, let me know!

Happy holidays friends!

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