2016: Year in Review

It’s time for a post about things largely non-financial!  This post will provide a little extra insight to the life of me and my Old Man.  It also serves as a cute little recap of our days in 2016.

January: The start of a fresh, new year.  Unfortunately for us, we were still dealing with last year.  But in January I finished all of my chemo treatments.

February: I had a scan that showed all of my primary cancer gone.  Yay!  I took advantage of my free time and decided to get my taxes done early with my CPA and I fully funded an traditional IRA up to the amount that was tax deductible for the first time in my life!  Yay!  I also helped my Old Man and his parents fill out their tax forms to save us all a few bucks.  Yay!

March: I started down the journey of radiation just to make sure we really did get all of my primary cancer.  We also decided to treat my secondary cancer (because why not have two at once) in hopes it would go away and not require surgery.  I also went back to work which meant back to making money!  Yay!

April: I got my bonus paid from the previous year and did something crazy: I set my 401k contribution to 65% to make up for the three months during the year I lost.  I also realized that maybe I wasn’t quite ready to go back to work because I was so tired all the time.  I think we also picked our wedding date this month, I’m not sure.  I also bought my used wedding dress this month!

May: I went back to school!  After a two semester hiatus delaying that will eventually delay my graduation, I pushed myself and went back to school.

June: Got my wedding invites in the mail from VistaPrint!  Did a lot of school work and a lot of work on my house.

July: Had a garage sale, started addressing and stamping my wedding invites.  We also worked on the house.

August: We worked on the house.  I finished up my summer semester of graduate school with a 3.9 GPA.  We started getting RSVPs back!

September: Somehow got talked into having a bridal shower.  Went to a friend’s wedding.  Started a new semester of school in a topic I was passionate about!

October: We got married!  Woot!  We went on a mini-moon to a casino northward and enjoyed a relaxing few days.  I was invited to attend a prestigious women’s conference hosted by my work for future leaders and present all about cars to women in another event days later.  I also came down with what would later be the first symptoms of my pneumonia.  We also finished the house this month!

November: Full fledged pneumonia.  So much pneumonia.

December: The end of pneumonia!  Cookie baking season!  Decorating the house and trying to be in a good mood.  Finally picked out charities for monthly planned giving!  I did a dry run of my taxes to determine whether or not to clean out the house for itemized deductions (donations!).  We also all froze during the polar vortex that then turned into numerous above freezing days.

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About His Polish Princess

I'm an engineer by day and an entrepreneur by night. I live with my Old Man, and our cat, Junior. Okay, so the cat is mine, not ours. I have some old fashioned opinions and I believe the unlikely can be achieved with hard work and a little bit of luck. I like cars and motorcycles and remodeling houses and taking risks. I love my family and my community in Small Town, USA. I believe life is one grand adventure that should be lived and thoroughly enjoyed. In 2013 I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and focused on natural healing. Fortunately, my disease has been in remission since 2014. In 2015 I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. These things are just a road bump in life. They won't stop me from remodeling or buying houses or starting new ventures. Life is all about how you see it.
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