It’s amazing how our priorities can change in such a short amount of time. In 2016 we were blessed with our first child, Abel and, almost immediately, we knew our career goals and priorities were shifting.
One of the biggest reasons behind starting this blog was personal accountability, and what better way to do that than laying all the cards on the table?
2016 was a huge year in many ways. The first was that Allison left her job to stay at home. In 2015 we set a goal that by our son's first birthday, he would no longer be in daycare. We also started 3 Nails Designs, which opened up the opportunity. We crunched the numbers, and... $700. That was our break even, "if an emergency pops up (they did) we're screwed" number. I did have a backup plan, and I was prepared to work as much as needed to make this work. To us, having our son at home far outweighed our financial goals.
Our savings rate struggled, we had to dip into our emergency fund a few times, I made some real estate investing decisions that were borderline gambling, and we added a second child to the clan. We weathered the storm, the lessons were worth it, and things are back on track now, in huge part from 3 Nails Designs starting to pull in $1,300-$3700/month from June on.
Now that the cards are on the table, let's talk about them.