19 Feb 2013

Gaining some reflectionment

Look around you, it's not just a wacky TV show with Peter Serafinowicz, it's a way to reflect on what you do and have.

I don't know about you but I like to do this at times of change in my life and at specific intervals, usually my Birthday and New year (it helps that my Birthday is half way through the year).

So I've just had quite a major change in my life, I've become a Dad.

I have to say it's great so far*. I could never have thought I would love anyone this much. It has also made me feel a lot closer to my partner (maybe it's because it feels like it's me and her going through it all together).

It also brings with it financial pressures and this requires some refocusing.

Gaining some refocusment.

I've reassessed some of our goals and think some new ones are in order along with rejiggling my priorities.

As you may have noticed this blog has taken a bit of a back seat since January. I'd like to focus more on it, but I simply haven't had the time. I think my original goal of posting once fortnightly is acceptable. I have a growing list of posts I want to write and want to get these started and done asap.

As for publicising this blog, it seems to be going ok. I had a bit of trouble setting up a Facebook page. So that's definitely somewhere I could improve. As you can see to the right, the tweeting seems to be going ok. 

The only other thing I'm not doing is learning any html / programming. I have been looking into courses in coding and hope to give it a go soon.

My new hopes.
Firstly I hope to encourage the health, education and happiness of my child and family. It cannot be understated how much this is paramount for me.

Next the pursuance of a higher income, whether that is through my day job, blog income, or another side hustle. This is mostly to counter the reduction in income from moving to a one income family, although with our spending habits aligned and refocused I am happy that we can live on our current income. It’s just that it doesn’t leave much room for fun, or investing in our future. So an extra bit of cash would definitely help to push this forward.

I’m looking forward to and already enjoying the longer days we’re having. Although damn you British weather if you’re not inconsistent! Snow last Monday! Then looking outside today it’s incredibly sunny, yet step outside and you immediately need some kind of fleecy wrapping to ensure all the warmth isn’t stripped from your t-shirt wearing body.
And Finally…

There’s a lot things I’ve been doing right for a long time now, I don’t have any out of control costs to kill my savings. This is a massive change from where I was 6/7 years ago. It’s nice to look back and see a change for the positive.

It’s also nice to have a lot to look forward to. So let’s go get em and hit them where it hurts.

* Apart from the sleep deprivation, that is one thing I don’t think I will ever get used to.


  1. Don't forget to apply for child benefit, it's not much, but every little helps, and also tax credits if you're eligible. Some of our friends even went as far as signing each new child they had up to child modelling agencies! Anyway, congrats Dom and enjoy your new (but tiring!) life.

    1. Thanks Matt! I've sent the child benefit forms of today, but need to look into tax credits. Not sure what the limits are so will have a Google.