Sunday, April 3, 2011

Here but also sort of gone

Hi. How have you been?

Looks like I haven't posted since 16 January. I don't really have an explanation for that other than that I just ran completely out of steam.

The time away has been nice. Sorry, but it has.

In no particular order, here's some of what I've done over the last eleven weeks of radio silence:

--Turned 42
--Broke a rib
--Made a really good new friend
--Deepened a couple of other budding friendships
--Visited my mom out West
--Signed up for a 200-mile relay in Utah this summer
--Saw live music
--Went to a lot of neat places I've never been, including an absinthe bar
--Started going out with friends much, much more
--Maintained my lower weight/smaller size
--Learned to bake the very challenging French macarons
--Continued shopping unrepentantly for smaller clothes (I spent a crapload of money on things that look great and fit beautifully, and I don't regret it one bit.)
--Bought a load of moderately priced and very beautiful craft jewelry from independent artists
--Finished heavy training for the Boston Marathon
--Worked up to 100 push-ups a day, split into two sets of fifty
--Started dating online (and oh my, is THAT ever a freak show at my age!)
--Got my job reclassified as a much bigger position with more responsibility (no extra money, though)
--Arrived within striking distance of my unofficial end of 2011 net worth goal

Things I did not do over the past eleven weeks:

--Check email for this account
--Read any blogs other than two or three I've followed for a long time
--Set any goals whatsoever other than maintaining my weight loss and saving $65,000 this year

My unofficial end of 2011 net worth goal is unofficial because it depends less on my own diligence in savings than it does on a robust stock market. Thanks to the market recovery, however, I'm close to hitting a major milestone early: Savings and investments plus the estimated value of my home add up to just shy of a million dollars.

Some people count equity as part of net worth, and some don't. I don't, so I don't count myself as someone approaching millionairedom. If all goes well, that'll happen in the next several years. For now, though, my perspective is that things aren't as hard as they used to be.

I don't know when or if I'll feel like coming back to the way this blog was before, but I'll check in from time to time. When I hit a milestone, I'll definitely post it. For now, however, I've got an avalanche of work coming down on me, a very full social calendar, and a marathon in two weeks.

Anything neat going on in your life that you want to share?


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