Hey everyone! Happy Monday. This past weekend was a very busy one. We left early on Saturday morning and drove to Chicago. We stayed in a hotel near the airport and then drove back on Sunday night.
We went to Chicago to finally see family members that I haven't seen in a very long time.
First, we had lunch with my Aunt and her family. I last saw my Aunt at my father's funeral, which was around 5 years ago. My cousins and their family were there at lunch as well, which was great because I literally have not seen them in 10 years!
Then, the rest of my weekend I spent time with my mom and grandma which went well (some of you may know the back story – we definitely went through a rough patch which took me a long time to forgive).
I am so happy that everyone was finally able to get back together.
After my father passed away, everything really went downhill with family relations. However, I really wanted to reconnect with everyone, even though it was hard. I am so happy with how everything turned out! If you are hesitating on doing the same, please start laying out a plan to reconnect with family members.
We plan on going on another road trip to possibly somewhere in Florida. We also might be bringing one or two of the dogs as well. Where should we drive to?
We spent a little bit in the past week. We have been spending some money on maintaining the house. We bought paint last week and scheduled a consultation for carpet, which we hopefully plan on getting installed within the next couple of weeks.
We also plan on painting our dining room table (that will be cheap), and having a new garage door installed. We are still stuck with whether or not we should pay someone to install that. What do you think?
We could buy a garage door ourselves for probably around $500, but if we have them install it then it will be in the thousands most likely.
Driving to Chicago was a very cheap trip. I think we spent around $80 on gas, and we found our 4 star hotel at a deal of only $89 (and it was a two room-suite!). We spent around $30 on food altogether as well.
Business income is still going very well. This is my third week of self-employment now, and it's still going great! I did an early update of my self-employment last week on Diversified Finances.
If anyone needs any help, check out my Hire Me page and let me know what services you are interested in. Lately, a few other website owners have asked me to help run their website while they are gone for just a month or two, so this is a new service that I am also offering. If you are starting a new job, about to have a baby, want to do some long-term travel or something else, please let me know.
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- I’m 100% Self-Employed – My Plans For the Future – I have so many plans for my business and where I want to take it. And oh yeah, I'm finally full-time self-employed!
- The Evolution of My Emergency Fund – This is a post written by Jordann about emergency funds. How much do you keep in your emergency fund?
- Attending College as a Non-Traditional Student – This is a post from Femme Frugality. W is planning on going back to school very soon, so this article came at the perfect time.
- Success Stories (and the People Who Hate Them) Get Rich Slowly – There are so many people who criticize others and claim that things cannot possibly be real. Instead of making people feel bad for their accomplishments and success stories, and claiming that everything in the world is impossible, why can't people be more positive? I use success stories as a motivation, not as a deterrent.
- Fear: Fight, Flight, or Opossum? Planting Our Pennies – Love this post. How do you respond to fear?
This area of my life has been pretty horrible the past couple of weeks, however, I plan on changing this soon. Our plan is to work out for around one hour each weekday.
Even though working out has been non-existent lately, we have been eating much better than usual.
The wedding is in a little over seven months from now, and I just realized last night that I haven't really done anything. All that I have done is buy the dress and pay for the photography. My plan for this week is to finally make the save the dates, and work on the guest list along with gathering all of the addresses (and boy, are there a lot!).
We counted and typed everything up quickly the other day (just the names of everyone), and came to around 200 of just family members. I think we will just be doing family and very close friends (mainly just the wedding party), so hopefully our number will be around 250. Having a relatively smallish wedding with those that we talk to on a regular basis is more important to us.
My goals for the next couple of weeks include finishing the save the dates, and looking for a caterer. And a DJ. And find a tent, chair, and table rental company. The other things can wait a little bit longer.
Have you been doing well with your extra income, spending and being healthy?