Our vacation is over and we are back at the grind. I have not taken 12 days off from work AND my business (with the exception of my maternity leave) EVER. It was a strange and amazing feeling. I definitely feel more refreshed, but at the same time, it’s making me strongly motivated to get to FIRE faster. If I’m this refreshed after 12 days off, how amazing will I feel with months off to recharge and focus on health and family?
Yesterday I found out I am getting a 2% raise January 1st. I was hoping for more, the company’s finances are not there. Everyone is getting 2% this year. Still, a raise is a raise and I am debating whether to up the 401k contributions 2% or use the money towards the big goals – paying off the truck and then slaughtering the mortgage.
We are finalizing the Christmas budget this week too. I struggle with not going overkill on presents. When we decided to do a vacation this year, it was with the agreement that it would mean a simpler Christmas, but now that it’s the time to live that I’m a little anxious. I want PoniesandFIREjr to have a great Christmas morning.
I know intellectually, what he really cares about as a five year old, is time with his family and doing things together. I still want presents under the tree for him though.
So I am deal shopping, trying to sell stuff on Poshmark and making a list of a few things that are affordable and I know he will be delighted with. Last Christmas we got some things used (Thomas and Brios) which he LOVED. I may try to do a few used toys again.