2017 End of Year Review

December mostly revolved around packing up and getting organised before setting off to South East Asia for our extended stay. The country we are moving to is Sri Lanka and we left Australia a few days before Christmas. It was sad to leave home, especially knowing how much my parents are going to miss my son. However I just keep telling myself it’s temporary.

We have been here for about 2 weeks now and I am slowly settling in. The climate isn’t too bad this time of year and as we have family here, we have been getting a fair bit of help which is nice.

Negambo Sri Lanka

Negambo Sri Lanka. Taken just as the sun set.

That said 2017 has not been the best year for us. I was dealt another blow about a week ago and that has just sealed it for me.

Despite this there were a few highlights.

  • Watching my baby grow into the happy little toddler that he is. Raising him has been a pleasure and I still can’t believe he’s one! I’m not going to lie, it’s been hard work but it has also been very rewarding.
  • We travelled to Sri Lanka and introduced munchkin to our families in July.
  • We bought a new house and renovated it.
  • I paid off my student loan.
  • Reduced my smart phone and social media usage. I have a post about this sitting in my drafts which I haven’t got around to publishing yet but it will be coming soon.

Finances

I didn’t track our expenses in 2017 as it just became too hard and time consuming. I know we spent a lot of money this year with a new baby and buying a new house with renovations on top. We were also on a single income for most of the year.

Our house didn’t sell which was disappointing, however we are renting it out which means our mortgage for that house is covered. If we had sold we would be in a better financial position.

I would say overall we could have been more careful with our money. In hindsight we probably shouldn’t have bought a house before selling our current house. But that’s life I guess and I don’t have a crystal ball, so we have just accepted that it is what it is.

Reading

I only read 2 books this year and I am really disappointed with this. I’m really hoping to turn this around in 2018.

The books I read were:

  1. Baby Secrets – How to know your baby’s needs by Jo Tantum and Barbara Want – Review
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – Review

Blogging

I published 12 posts in 2017 which is not a very high number but considering all the changes I have been through I’m not disappointed with this number either. Here’s hoping I have the motivation to write more in 2018.

Overall I’m glad to see the end of 2017. Here’s to a more prosperous 2018. Happy new year guys!

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