2015 Is Looking Promising

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.

 

Comments

  1. 2015 scares me some — it’s my last really good opportunity to get a permanent job in my field, and if I don’t get one next fall, I haven’t decided what to pursue next — but it should also hold good things: a book contract, I hope; an article or two published, I also hope; time spent with friends and family; and a steady increase in my net worth, I really hope. Plus I just today paid off the last of my debt, so I’m in a good and optimistic mood. 🙂

  2. [Just realized that I have to switch my gravatar over to the new blog-specific gmail address I made as part of this whole transition thing, so reposting w/ the old address b/c I don’t want to get caught in a spam filter. Technology! I am not good at it.]

    2015 scares me some — it’s my last really good opportunity to get a permanent job in my field, and if I don’t get one next fall, I haven’t decided what to pursue next — but it should also hold good things: a book contract, I hope; an article or two published, I also hope; time spent with friends and family; and a steady increase in my net worth, I really hope. Plus I just today paid off the last of my debt, so I’m in a good and optimistic mood. 🙂

    1. You know, I always figured by the advanced age of 36 that I’d have everything figured out! I’d own my “forever home”, with my loving husband and 2.5 kids, and know exactly what my future plans were. The reality is, I’m still not sure what the future holds. And it is a bit scary. Okay, more than a bit scary.

      But at least we both know that there are good things ahead. There are still things to be excited about! And, we’re getting ourselves on better financial grounds, so we can weather the bad things a bit easier. Having made it this far as a single girl, there’s a sense of security in knowing that you’re strong enough to pull it together and make it through just about anything.

      1. I think that’s really true — having made it this far on my own, I’m much more confident that I can continue to make ends meet, especially since I’ll be in a better situation by the end of this current contract. Honestly, I wish I didn’t *have* to be quite so “resourceful;” it would be nice to have someone to fall back on; but obviously that person would have his own troubles, as you talk about in the post you just put up!

        1. You know, I’d like to think people who get married (or into committed relationships) young have it easier, cause they don’t know any different. I’m so used to doing my own thing that, at this point in the game, it’s almost more of a struggle. I’m not used to having someone else weigh in on everything from how I spend, to how/when I eat, sleep, and work. Dating an older man also makes it much harder. I don’t talk about that aspect here much, and I really need to more. But retirement planning, and talks of the future in general, definitely take on a different spin when there’s a 20 year age gap!

    2. Also, the book contract is awesome! I hope that works out for you. Sounds like you have some super exciting things headed your way!

  3. Sounds like there are some good things on the horizon! 2014 hasn’t been spectacular for me, so I feel like there’s no way to go but up, right?

    1. I like to gloss over it, but when I really look at what all happened in 2014, it was kind of a crap-tastic year! I think the thing that’s really kept me going, and kept me positive, is that I can see things getting better soon. If we can just get past this, things will be so much better!

      And you’re right, things can only go up! I keep trying to come up with the “perfect words” to say, but I know there aren’t any. I was happy to see your last post, and to see that things are starting to get better. It’s awesome that you’re able to share what you are going through. It makes the struggle easier to know that we are not alone!

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