It has been a crazy past 4 months for me…
I won't get into all the details but there have been things that I've been unhappy with in my life, causing my to make some drastic personal changes.
I stopped taking care of myself; putting work and the kids above myself. That left me empty, spiritually bankrupt, and disliking the person that I saw in the mirror every morning.
So – I had to make changes….BIG CHANGES
The biggest change is that Monday, Mark went back to work at his old job as an Actuary. If you recall, 3 1/2 years ago Mark quit his job to come home and work with me, I even wrote a blog post about How Being Broke is Enough and our reason to make this decision. He has helped me run this website for the past 3+ years which has given me some time to learn what I love about running an online business and what I hate.
First, it was not a financial reason for him to go back. We make plenty of money through this website, my book sales, Aldi Meal Plans, The Personal Finance Planner sales, my Financial Renovation course, speaking engagements, and media appearances.
It was a very personal choice for both of us. Working together as a married couple was great at first, we loved spending so much time with each other. After 3 1/2 years of it, we were ready to spend time apart during the day.
When he quit his job we had a colicky newborn and 3 other children that needed us. Our youngest child is now almost 4 and our oldest is almost 12. Life has changed a lot over the past 3+ years and we were ready to have some separation during the day.
That brings me to my next big change – this website. Don't worry, it isn't going away 🙂 Things will be changing on here as well. First, I will be focusing more on personal updates. One thing that I miss about this blog is the personal side. I got so wrapped up in providing you good financial content that I lost myself in it.
I was working 40-50 hours per week, growing my business and launching new products….but I was sucking at home. My kids were in childcare every day, and I lost myself in the busyness of being a working mom. Truth be told, it was killing me. I hated myself and my life.
I had to take a step back and for the past 3 months I haven't worked at all, Mark has been running the website. What I found during those 3 months is that I miss being a full-time mom, I don't take care of myself AT ALL, and I don't like writing boring personal finance content.
You will still get great content but only once a week or so.
You will get a lot more personal content, and I may even add some couponing back into the mix.
More fun videos from me 🙂
Just for fun – here are some other big changes to my life over the past 3 months:
1.) I got a rockin' tattoo. This was right after I got it done and it hurt SO bad! This has been something I've wanted to do for years and finally decided to just do it. I have lived my life in fear of what others have thought of me for way too long, it is time for ME to be happy and this was one of the ways that I show it.
2.) I am not working in my office space during the summer but will be staying at home with my kids full-time instead. I love my office, but I love my kids more and I just can't do both well anymore.
3.) I will be spending much more time with my kiddos and less time working. I plan to ship out planners at night after the kids are in bed, and write some blog posts when I feel inspired.
So – you will see me on here and on TV doing my favorite frugal living segments.
I am SO excited about the changes that I am making, they are good for me and my family!
These little people are happy too!
I love you all so much and am so thankful for you!
(PS – I know there are typos in this article, but part of my transition with this website is letting go most of the people that work for me. Including my editor. If you have a hard time reading a blog with a lot of typos, you may want to stop reading now…I am an imperfect person who does my best.)