They say money can’t buy happiness…

by Erika Torres

Oh hello little blog. How are you doing today? Long time no write.

When I had my old blog, I used to think that if I stopped blogging, the world would essentially fall apart because my life was so important that everyone who read my blog would just die if they didn’t know what was going on with me.

I’ve…um….sorta grown up since I closed down that blog…. …five months ago…

SO when I got an email from Brandt over at New House on the Blog asking me why I haven’t been posting, I felt vindicated. He wants to know what’s going on in my life! People DO care! I AM important!

So what’s been going on in my life that has been so time consuming that I’ve been too busy to post?

I’ve been living life.

It’s true. This past month I have overindulged in life.

No longer bogged down by the misery of my past job, I’ve indulged in Christmas shopping, husband-wife days, and eating every delectable thing in sight. Chocolate Satin pie? Extravagant meals out?  Homemade cookies every night? Yes, yes, and omg, yes!

The amount of weight I’ve put on in the past four weeks is astonishing. After 4 weeks of boycotting the scale, I took a peak this morning and realized I am at the heaviest weight I’ve ever been. (In fact, seven pounds more than my previous “heaviest I’ve ever been” weight!)

But you know what? Even this news can’t bring me down. Because above everything, I am happy. Happy, happy, happy. It’s astonishing what a new job can do for you.

I no longer dread coming into work every day. I am not stuck in a 8 by 10 square foot office. I am embracing my cubicle and my 7—yes seven!—department co-workers (as opposed to my previous department, which was just lil ole me.) I am loving my flex schedule with every other Friday off. I am loving my amazing retirement plan. I love my new boss who is super cool. And I felt so grown up as Eric and I chose our health care plan.

I hope to keep this job until the day I retire.

Financially, I am still floating on the credit card debt-free cloud. Not having those bills hang over our heads anymore has lifted an incredible amount of stress off of us. On top of that, we took in a lot of extra money this month due to a string of checks from my old job, a freelance check, and Eric having three paydays this month! This allowed us to not feel anxiety while shopping for Christmas presents and also splurge in some husband-wife days.

To top it off, our savings account has also benefited. We are now at 23% of our savings goal that we hope to reach by Aug. 1st, when Eric will take a leave of absence from work for four months to enter the firefighter academy.

They say money can’t buy you happiness. But it sure does help.

So everything has been perfect, perfect, perfect. I couldn’t think of a better way to end the year. My life is overflowing with happiness.

And even that pesky weight I gained? I know I’ll lose it within the next few months. This happened last year as well, and I always get my rear in gear come January.

So nothing’s bringing me down right now.

Except the fact that Christmas will be over in 3 days. Bah humbug.

How is your holiday season going?

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jackie December 28, 2010 - 4:42 pm

Congrats! Paying off that debt is such an accomplishment!
A great job can change everything! I had a great interview last week for a MUCH better job and will hear next week! Fingers crossed!

IntrigueMe (Quarter for Her Thoughts) December 27, 2010 - 4:49 pm

So glad everything is falling into place for you guys!! 2011 is going to rock!

City Girl December 27, 2010 - 4:05 pm

Happy that you are so happy and that the year is ending on a high in every sense of the word! May 2011 bring more of the same :). You deserve it! xoxo

Jennifer December 26, 2010 - 9:40 am

Wahoo! I love reading happy posts, especially since I’ve felt like the grinch lately. Love your carefree attitude – it is contagious!

nashe December 25, 2010 - 1:15 am

WOOHOO! That’s the spirit to end the year! 😀
Merry Christmas to you!

Ali December 23, 2010 - 7:41 pm

Don’t you just love 3 paycheck months?! We used the first paycheck for all the Christmas presents we had to buy and didn’t have to worry about dipping into our savings.

I am so *happy* for you and all the things going right in your life. Merry Debt Free Christmas! 🙂

Keenie Beanie December 23, 2010 - 11:11 am

It’s awesome to hear you are enjoying your new job so much. I took a job I love last spring and it makes all the difference.

Happy Holidays!

Shannon December 23, 2010 - 7:47 am

Glad things are going so well and you haevn’t floated away. I was getting worried about you two. Merry Christmas!

Teacher Girl December 23, 2010 - 7:27 am

You are one lucky girl… and you totally deserve it! Congrats to accomplishing so much happiness in 2010!

nysoonergirl December 23, 2010 - 7:09 am

I was just thinking that I hadn’t heard from you lately… Glad you’re so happy and living the good life! Merry Christmas to you and Eric!

Ashley December 23, 2010 - 6:45 am

Yay! You’re back! It’s so great that you’re so happy! I hope to like my job one day just half as much as you like yours… some day, right?!

jobo December 23, 2010 - 6:12 am

I’ve missed you! I kept looking for new posts 😉 I’ll be honest! Haha! I am SO GLAD you love the new job and are so happy!! That is just awesome. I can see the glowing-ness in your writing, it’s gorgeous! And um, I really can’t wait to get out there so we can meet up 🙂

brandt @ New House on the Blog December 23, 2010 - 5:15 am

Now this is the post we all wanted to hear. And even though Christmas is over in 3 days, at least we’ve got New Years coming up!

(thanks for the shout out as well…you make an old gruff cranky guy like me blush!)

Randa December 22, 2010 - 7:30 pm

Yay, yay, yay! I’m glad your life has taken such a nice turn! As hard as you and your husband have worked to better your financial selves, you deserve a treat as this month seems to be! I’m also glad that you’ve given us an update! I love reading your blog, more so than a lot of other bloggers out there.

Happy Holidays!


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