Happy New Year

Wow, I can’t believe it’s 2016 already. Between Mrs. T’s family visiting from Denmark, getting ready for Christmas, celebrating Christmas, being the self-proclaimed Vancouver tour guide, attending good friends’ wedding, and taking care of a sick toddler, the last two weeks just flew by. I meant to write a 2015 reflection post before the end of year but I didn’t quite get around to it. Maybe that will come later. 🙂

It was an interesting experience hosting 5 family members as this marked the largest amount of people we’ve ever had at our place for an extended period of time. Because Scandinavians celebrate Christmas on the 24th, we had Christmas dinner and opened our gifts on the night of the 24th. (Side note: I guess Scandinavians kids don’t believe in Santa Claus?). Thanks to the “early” Christmas celebration, we were able to spend the entire day skiing at a somewhat deserted local ski resort on the 25th. It had been over 2.5 years since I strapped on my telemark skis, so it was great being back on the slopes. Boy did my quads ever burn. 🙂

While I knew Mrs. T’s family drink A LOT of coffee, I was shocked to see that they drank through about 5 months worth of our Nespresso coffee capsule supply. Mrs. T and I usually drink one cup of coffee per person each day, but her family drank around 5 or 6 cups a day per person!!! Being budget conscious, I was feeling slightly annoyed because that meant we had to spend extra money to restock our coffee supply. After a couple of days of slight annoyance, I realized that I was being very selfish and I should stop sweating the small stuff. Mrs. T’s family traveled all the way from Denmark to celebrate Christmas with us, we were the ones that invited them, and I should be a good host and enjoy their company. Who cares if we had to spend another $100 to restock our coffee supply? In the long run, what are we going to remember? The great time we had over Christmas in 2015? Or that extra $50, $100, $150, or whatever amount that we had to spend on coffee? Being someone who’s so focused on becoming financially independent, sometimes I’m guilty on analyzing numbers too closely. While reducing expenses is extremely important, I need to constantly remind myself that there are other important things in life. It’s important to find the balance between reducing expenses and enjoying life.

On another personally related note, it was great to see good friends’ of mine finally tied the knot after dating for 10 years. I’ve known the groom for about 14 years and the bride for 10 years. It’s amazing how time flew by so fast. It also reminds me that today is the second best time to start investing for the future and taking another step toward financial independence. If we just keep telling ourselves that we can save for retirement later, pretty soon we’ll be in our 60’s with very little saved up. Time is something that nobody can buy, we must remember that time is precious and we only have limited amount to use. Make the best of our time.

Ok, enough blabbing, we’ll get back to a regular blogging schedule next week. For now, in case you haven’t fallen asleep yet, please check out the great interview I did with Mr. 1500 at 1500 Days to Freedom.

Written by Tawcan
Hi I’m Bob from Vancouver Canada, I am working toward joyful life and financial independence through frugal living, dividend investing, passive income generation, life balance, and self-improvement. This blog is my way to chronicle my journey and share my stories and thoughts along the way. Stay in touch on Facebook and Twitter. Or sign up via Newsletter