Wow. What can I say? 2016 was the most eventful, wonderful year of my entire young life thus far. I achieved many important goals, learned a lot of valuable lessons, grew as a person and spent a year working my ass off to ensure my future is a bright one.
So here was my 2016 in a nutshell:
A LIFE PARTNER
In February, I got engaged! My favorite person proposed to me in my favorite place on earth (New Hampshire) and I couldn't be happier to spend my life with him. We make a great team and he has always supported me, and made sacrifices, during all my debt-endeavors. We have a bright future ahead.
In March, I achieved financial peace. I had finally completed my debt-free journey, successfully paying off almost $50,000 worth of student loan debt in just 19 months. This was the first crucial step in moving forward with my life and goals. It kept me motivated, driven, and self disciplined and I learned a lot of valuable lessons and life skills from achieving it. It has also allowed me to inspire and help others, which has been one of my most favorite things to see this year.
On July 29th, we closed on 6 acres of Massachusetts wilderness that will be the foundation of our life and future. I worked so, so hard for this and to finally see it become a reality still gives me butterflies. I am very thankful to be a position that is allowing me to build my first and forever home, and proud of myself for what I have accomplished to get there.
This year for Wired Life was successful for both freelance work and handmade crafts, and has pushed me to further it for the new year. I reopened my Etsy shop this holiday after taking last year "off" and completed over 500 sales for ornaments alone. It's growing at a perfect pace and I'm excited for what 2017 has in store.
A lot of big life events occurred for me in 2016,I'm not one for New Year's Resolutions, but my goal for next year is to finish saving the down payment we need to get our construction loan and break ground on our house.