Today is my birthday. Happy birthday to me. And I have many good reasons to celebrate, including the fact that I have just paid off my mortgage.
Sometimes the best laid financial and life plans don’t, well, go to plan. I found myself nearly two years ago suddenly single raising two kids. Nor am I alone. I had a coffee/chai chat with one of my good friends who had just made it through her first year post separation to find out how it had changed her financial situation – and perspective. What she had to say really resonated with me, so with her permission I am sharing.
You would think that with being frugal and having an ambitious goal of not only paying off my home mortgage by the end of 2016 but also wanting to become a billionaire that I would be working with a financial planner. Actually, until recently, I have had an irrational distrust of financial planners.
Looking back on 2015, it was a fairly significant year for me in more ways than one. And I achieved one financial goal I set out to achieve – putting aside at least 10% of my income into investment. So this year I am going to aim for something even bigger: to pay off the mortgage on my residential property (i.e. my home).
A few weeks ago a group of giddy Canberra bloggers headed to Problogger at the RACV Royal Pines Resort on the sunny Gold Coast to soak up all we could about blogging – along with nearly 700 other delegates. Three of us went with a special mission: to meet Living Well Spending Less author Ruth Soukup, one of the keynote speakers of the event.