I have a friend who was recently celebrating her 43rd birthday (youngster LOL. I'm 45!) and she was complaining about how she had noticed that she needed to use reading glasses sometimes. And we were laughing and saying how she needed a chain so she could wear them around her neck, like my piano teacher always did.
I was thinking that I wasn't 40 when I started this blog, but you know what? I was! I was actually just turned 42! I started this blog way back in August of 2008. Sometimes, that sounds like a lifetime ago, and sometime it sounds like it was just a few months ago.
So how have I changed in the past few years?
- Well, workwise, things have only recently changed, and not completely. Back in 2008, I had recently started having full-time daycare students instead of just teaching preschool out of my home. I'm still doing daycare/preschool now, but I've been doing some freelance training and I'm working to so that Simply Living In The City will be its own business (classes, online store and book!)
- Speaking of Simply Living In The City, I think I knew that I wanted to do something like that way back in 2008, but didn't really understand how to make it a reality. Plus, I was relatively new to the "simple living" scene myself. I was still trying to find my way and discover how to make the simple life work for our family.
- Mr. Simple's work has changed over the years. In 2008, he was in his 8th year of working as a fire inspector/public safety officer for our city's fire department. In 2010, he took another job working as a manager of media relations for a large company (no, not THAT large company in my city), and then he became unemployed in June of 2011. But he has since started his own business, and is doing quite well! In 2008, he was also broadcasting for the local arena football team, and he continues to do that as well as starting as the broadcaster for the basketball team too.
- My kids (sniff!) have grown up a lot since August 2008. Super was 3, almost 4 when I started and Jelly Bean was 6, and Flower was 8, almost 9. Now they are 7, newly 10, and 12! I don't have "little" kids anymore. They are still mostly "simple" kids though. Flower has an iPod Touch (that she bought herself) and we were gifted a Kinect by a generous family member in December, but my kids still LOVE to play outside, still LOVE to read, still LOVE to make gifts and still LOVE to spend hours drawing (especially Jelly Bean.) But lest you think that they are "simply perfect", they also appear to LOVE to annoy each other too. :)
- When I started blogging, I was starting out my first year of homeschooling and it was just Flower. The next year, it was Jelly Bean and Flower. Last school year, it was just Jelly Bean. And this school year? Everyone is in public school. I miss homeschooling. I still, every once in awhile, wonder if we made the right decision.
- I have really made great strides in living a simple life that fits OUR life. Which for us, means thrifting for clothes and housewares. Buying less. And when we do, it is a NEED. And it is something that fits our lifestyle, so it probably means that it is quality. And natural materials. But bought as frugally as possible. Eating whole foods. Using our cars less and walking and biking more. Learning how to make things. Like dairy products. Soap. Dishcloths. Mustard. Tomato sauce :) Learning to make the best use of our space inside and outside of our home. Coming to peace with living in THIS home and in THIS city.
- When I started this blog, we had just started digging out of the financial hole we were in. Being mostly debt-free still seemed impossible. And we only had one car back then (and it was not paid for either.) Now we have two cars (both paid for), and no debt besides our mortgage. We pay cash for everything. We save up if we don't have all the money. Or we decide we don't need it.
- I have had bumps in my relationships in the past few years. But I'm pleased to say that I haven't lost a relationship with anyone. (At least I don't think so!) Some have faded a little, and some I'm still trying to figure things out, some are new, and some are stronger than ever.
- I've had some loss over the years. I lost our son to stillbirth, actually a few months before I started this blog. I'm not as sad as I was in those early days of his loss, but I still think of him every day. And I still wish that he had lived. I lost my grandmother in September 2009.
- I have had some health problems over the years. I had a heart scare in early 2010 and then I lost a bunch of weight in 2010 and 2011. Also in 2010 and early 2011, I was dealing with terrible allergies & sinus infections. And I was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2010 and had it removed in early 2011. And I was diagnosed with Meniere's in Fall of 2010. And 2011 was the year that I got tendinitis. And burned 25% of my body. Here is to hoping to a healthier 2012!
- There have been other changes, in particular one that took place in 2011, but I'm not ready to share about EVERYTHING yet. Baby steps. I didn't used to share anything personal here, and so I've made changes with sharing things more here too, I guess.
But I am happier. Happier than I was in 2008. And we are better off financially than we were in 2008. And we are simpler too. Oh, and older too. But I still don't need reading glasses. :)