Welcome to my 100th blog post. WOOHOO!
That begs the question, what SHOULD the 100th post be about? Well,I’m not too sure, but I’m just going to make up some stuff and see how that goes.
Firstly, I would like to thank everyone who followed my blog for the last 99 (+/-) posts, and for commenting. I love to read and respond to comments! I also love to write comments, but I don’t always find the time, which is why I’m EXTRA appreciative when people do. Once, I commented TWICE on someone’s blog, who I kinda knew personally, and they did not respond or even give me the time of day! I was turned off in a big way. This was not a “thousands of followers” blog post, where you couldn’t keep up with the comments. I feel personally shunned. See how I turned “Being Thankful” into “Reliving painful blog commenting experiences?” You’re welcome.
2. Reflecting on how far I’ve come, and where I’d like to go from here.
I’ve experienced dramatic increases in my financial stability, an increased net worth, started investing my own money at Questrade, drastically decreased debt, and an increased savings rate. I love that it’s all very quantifiable now. Before I started this journey, I wasn’t tracking any of that…at least not well.
Going forward, I’d like to add a significant decrease in expenses and an increase in income over the next 100 posts.
I’m sensing this is becoming one of those T on FI/RE yada yada posts. But I digress.
3. Enjoying my NEW FI/RE FRIENDS.
Yeah, that’s right. I have friends. It may seem difficult to believe, but I have had an opportunity to (virtually) meet some wonderful people since I started this blog. If it were not for the blog, I definitely would not have made so many awesome connections, both across Canada and from around the globe. I think this might be the best part. There’s something so comforting in knowing that there are others who think like me and are striving for similar goals. Even if I’m not meeting these individuals in person, I still know they are OUT THERE and FI/RE-ing, and I’ve learned so much from them already. When I started the blog, I was a legitimate FI/RE newb. Maybe some day, I’ll get around to attending or organizing a FI/RE meetup.
There are many many other benefits the blog has given me that I should probably talk about – WordPress skills (WOOHOO), laser-focus on my finances, a better understanding of SEO (kidding, I really still have no fucking clue), a diversion from housework, a creative outlet for goofiness, a place to document my silly challenges to keep me motivated, and so on. This yada yada session could go on for days. So it’s best I just stop here and now and say thank you again for reading my 100th blog post, and I hope that at least 1 person in the world learned something positive or was slightly inspired to improve their finances over the past 2 years. Peace.