A Year of Reevaluation
By Tami Brothers
reevaluation – the evaluation of something a second time (or more)
There comes a point in a person’s life when they take a step back and look at the path they’ve taken. That person may also take a moment to figure out where their current path actually leads.
As we age, we tend to stop and evaluate our progress more often. This year happens to be one of those turning points for me.
Although some of this was beyond our control, most of it was done with a purpose in mind. Of course, we’ve strayed a few times over the years but we usually got right back onto the correct path.
As 2011 approached, my family sat down and took a long hard look at where we were heading and realized that some of our priorities had changed since we’d originally started our journey together.
Yes, we still want to retire with enough energy to travel, but are we really able to do that with what we are currently saving?
Yes, we like owning our own home, but do we really need the huge house we are living in for a family of three?
Yes, we’ve been taking better care of ourselves (you know, after a few wake-up calls with the surgeries), but are we really doing everything that we can?
These are just a few of the questions we asked ourselves and then weighed the pros and cons of everything we are currently doing. The cons side was quite a bit longer than the pros and this was a wakeup call to us. We realized just how much waste filled our lives and quickly came to a decision to make some drastic changes.
The first of these changes were put into motion just weeks ago. We listed the gigantic house with too many rooms (two of them are used mostly for storage) for sale and started searching for something that would “fit” us. As luck would have it, we actually found “the place” and promptly bought it.
This was our first step in altering our path.
We don’t know yet what the ramifications of this first step will be. We hope it was the right decision, but until the other changes have been implemented, we can’t be completely certain. It feels right to us and “that” is why we made this decision.
Interested in seeing what other changes we’ve made? Follow my path of reevaluation throughout 2011 with my monthly blog posts here at Petit Fours and HotTamales. Stop back by March 1st to hear my son’s thoughts on the multi-page spreadsheet I created for our family budget.
Anyone else making drastic life changes this year? Leave a comment for a chance to win a cup of coffee on me.