2014 ended up being a kind of rocky year. Bryan lost his job (and was recently laid off again for the winter). We both had some personal issues to deal with. I had a few minor meltdowns about my house, and a lot of ups and downs at my job. On the plus side, over the course of the year I did manage to improve my financial situation. And I even got to take an awesome vacation with my Mom and sisters!
I have to admit though, I’m super excited about what 2015 holds! Why? Well, there are two things going on that could end up working out really well for me.
Selling My House
One of my goals for 2015 is to put my house on the market. We’re soooo close to being ready to list it. And, as luck would have it, we already have someone interested in looking at it! In a “friend of a friend” type situation, a 30-something guy has been asking around about buying a house. He’s used to apartment living, but is really interested in moving someplace where he has a little bit of land (but less than an acre), and some privacy. But he’d like to be close to downtown. And he really would like a small house; He says his 1 bedroom apartment is about perfect, and he’s not interested in taking on something much bigger. My house fits all his requirements, and is even in the price range he’s looking for (under $70,000). I’m working now to set up a time for him to come out and take a look.
It would be awesome to sell “off-market”, and avoid all the hassles. That being said, I’m not pinning my hopes on this working out. There’s a chance he won’t like the neighborhood, or the style of the house, or whatever. But the point is, there is a market for my house! I haven’t even put it on the market yet, and I’ve already had someone show interest. That’s got to be a good sign, right?
Maybe a Promotion?
My company has been talking FOREVER about adding another person to the office. We’ve needed another person for a while, but our parent company hasn’t been on-board with that idea. But they’ve recently decided they might be willing to reconsider. I was approached by my boss this week about a possible promotion opportunity. If I’m interested, they’d like to bump me up, and then bring a new person into my position. If I wasn’t interested, they would probably be hiring someone into a more entry-level position instead, and then making adjustments to everyone’s responsibilities.
I’m totally on-board with getting a promotion! That being said, I’m not 100% convinced our parent company will actually agree to it. At this point, I’ve had too many opportunities brought up to me that didn’t end up working out for me to get my hopes up too much. But it would definitely be nice to switch things up a bit. And more money is always welcome!
Sure, not everything will pan out, and there’s plenty of opportunities for things to go wrong. I fully expect Bryan’s situation to get much worse before it starts getting better. It’s going to be a year of highs and lows, lots of changes, and plenty of compromises. But, if we can hang tight through the storms, I think we’ll be much better at the end.
I’m excited about all the possibilities that 2015 may bring! Are you?
– Cindy W.