If you are one of the few hardcore MSF readers, you may have wondered where I’ve been over the last month. (Thanks to Chrissy, HCF, and Mrs. Groovy for the e-mails, it helped get me back to the keyboard.) I had planned on taking a couple of weeks off of blogging but enjoyed the newfound freedom so much that a couple of weeks turned into six.
But it’s time to get back to the grind, with one or two changes. First, I don’t plan on writing as frequently. As much as I have like having a consistent weekly blogging schedule it has become increasingly hard to keep up with. I’ll likely publish more when I have more time and less frequently when my time is consumed by other endeavors.
The second change will be spending less time on the peripherals of blogging. Unfortunately, this means less Lego artwork this year, probably a few more grammatical errors, and sadly less time on twitter. I’ll do my best to keep up with these aspects of my blog, but I’ll likely be practicing the adage of ‘better done than perfect.’
Since I’ve been off the radar for a while, I thought this would be a good post to give you a few updates on some of the key areas I write about.
It’s never a good idea to disappear from the blogosphere, but it is even worse when one of your last posts touts that you are at high risk for having a heart attack. While my disappearance did have something to do with my health, it wasn’t because I had fallen ill.
On the contrary, I have been spending a lot more time focusing on getting healthy and I’ve been relatively successful. I dropped around 20 pounds and was able to successfully run a 5k.
However, since Christmas, I’ve slid back into some old eating habits. Sugar and candy specifically is my weakness. I’ve kept up with the running, but have gained 5 pounds back. Each day I vow to get back on track and each day I fail to follow through.
2017 was a good year financially. We hit most of the financial goals I set at the beginning of the year.
I’ve been putting a lot more thought into adding a monthly net worth update to this blog. I remain on the fence.
One of the financial goals I continue to fail to hit is to start college savings accounts for our boys. It is on the top of my to-do list for 2018, so hopefully writing about it here will create some accountability to actually get it done.
Christmas saw an influx of new things into our house. This influx combined with my own laxness with my own minimalism journey has definitely caused a step back in this area.
Interestingly, I’ve noticed a strong connection between my productivity and health and how closely I’m adhering to the tenants of minimalism. The more invested I am in minimalism the healthier I am and the more productive I tend to be.
Not much of an update here. I continue to try and balance the demands of school and life and the enjoyment of my kids, but overall feel good about where things are. Both boys are excelling in school, and much to my surprise, they both are diligent about getting their homework done each night.
My 8-year-old is beginning to show signs of what his teenage years might be like, but they are only minor tremors at this point.
The overall State of The Union is strong in the MSF household. There are some areas in which I’ve veered off course, but I think generally speaking I’m trending in the right direction.