|Posted: 2/6/2013 2:25:16 PM|
I have made many self improvements (though I am still working on it) and paid off many bills in the last year. How are you happier or better off than you were last year?
Pea All You Can Pea!
|Posted: 2/6/2013 2:26:39 PM|
We'll be financially better off in the fall once this mortgage is paid off.
The screws are on pretty tight right now though.
We continue to eat healthy and that definitely has its payoffs.
I sense impending mayhem.
Loc: Beautiful BC
|Posted: 2/6/2013 2:26:42 PM|no. But ask me again next year as there's light at the end of the tunnel.
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|Posted: 2/6/2013 2:28:08 PM|No, pretty much status quo. I was in a relatively good place a year ago, and I'm relatively good now. Things could always be better, of course. We'll see what happens a year from now
|Posted: 2/6/2013 2:31:24 PM|So much. I have my son in my arms as I type this. I've never been happier.
|Posted: 2/6/2013 2:32:35 PM|Well, I'm a year more into being cancer-free, plus I have a full head of hair again! Money wise, In July I will get the (three year) postponed raise, oh the life of a state employee.
Exactly a year ago I was in Disneyworld, so not precisely happier j/k! In truth, I'd say I'm on par happiness wise.
I just don't see why people think I'm too patronizing (that means I treat them as if they were stupid.)
|Posted: 2/6/2013 2:41:20 PM|
Financially no. In so many other ways, yes. You wouldn't think it since I lost a position working with so many people dear to me, but the lack of stress has made me feel much lighter emotionally and that has spilled into many other areas of my life.
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Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 2/6/2013 2:42:22 PM|
Yes, both. I'm happy that the whole college question for DD was settled and she's really happy with her choice. That entire process was really stressful.
I'm working a lot more hours -- I have less kid duties with one out of the house.
DH was declared in remission last month, so that's a good thing too.
I'm what the *buzz* is all about!
Loc: South Centralish Ohio
|Posted: 2/6/2013 2:48:00 PM|
In every way I can think of, yes.
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Loc: Southern California
|Posted: 2/6/2013 2:49:00 PM|No, not at all. DH had just started working temp in that fall for a place and in February last year got hired on. However, it was a 50% paycut plus insurance that we hadn't been paying (he worked for family prior to that).
I had recently found work but it was only temporary and ended yesterday. I'm now looking again. Things are very tight for us.
As for contentment, not there either. DH is unhappy in his job and while I liked working again, it really made it stressful on the home front. It seems you either have time or money when it would be ideal to have both.
|Posted: 2/6/2013 2:53:10 PM|
Nope. My hubby took a new job last spring that took us from a place we loved. They made him a gazillion promises and not one of them has come true. Every day I am so angry about it (not at him). Luckily he is in the process of getting a new/better job so I'm hoping things start to look up by this spring/early summer.
Loc: Upstate NY
|Posted: 2/6/2013 3:23:28 PM|
No, not really.
This time last year we were struggling through reintegration and now we are preparing for another 12 month deployment. My mom is quickly slipping away because of dementia a thousand miles away. My support system is broken and untrustworthy. I have never felt more alone, but what can one do? Just keep moving forward. It'll get better one day.
Financially? I guess we are okay. The cars are all paid off we finally have a some savings built up.
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Loc: Northern Virginia
|Posted: 2/6/2013 3:24:59 PM|
I've been working again for a full year now and I feel really good about the impact that has had on our family finances.
I have a lot less time and energy to devote to myself, and I don't feel as good about the impact that has had on my sense of satisfaction and overall well-being.
It's a bit of a wash, but I feel that I am doing what I should be doing right now, even though it is hard.
|Posted: 2/6/2013 3:33:32 PM|
Financially, we are doing about the same as we were last year and that is just fine.
Emotionally, I am growing and trying to stay as independent as possible even though I am married. I regularly to out for girls nights and I've even taken a couple of weekends for myself. My husband and I are in a great place and we have not allowed ourselves to get into a slump, we are always trying something new and it keeps us feeling fresh.
|Posted: 2/6/2013 3:37:23 PM|Happier? Yes. Better off? Not financially. Last March life kind of went to crap. Super stressed, poo hitting the fan at work for both of us and we suffered a miscarriage. Now I'm pregnant again, but had to quit my job as it relocated too far away. I've also ran into some difficulties with the pregnancy & am still sending our DD to daycare. So lost my income, but still spending a big chunk of childcare. Oh well, it will be worth it when this little one arrives safely.
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
Loc: all up in your business
|Posted: 2/6/2013 3:40:23 PM|
Much, much better, I'm so happy to say. Financially way better and marriage much better as well.
This is after 7+ years of layoffs, medical crises, tensions, etc.
I wish the same for everyone here. So much is random, in my opinion. I've worked much harder at life for no reward.
|Posted: 2/6/2013 3:51:33 PM|
my dh got a great job...though some days drive him nuts and he threatens to retire....
my kids are is statis...and I wish they would move faster towards independence.
Rick Springfield Junkie
Loc: Mountain High Pea
|Posted: 2/6/2013 3:53:45 PM|
Health wise, 1000% better. Lost a lot of weight and ran/walked two 5K's this year and signed up for a 1/2 marathon in August and thinking about doing a half in May.
Relationship wise, pretty much the same, married forever, same fights, different day, but mostly we get along. Just the day to day stuff.
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 2/6/2013 4:02:21 PM|
Yes, we are and life is pretty darn good.
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|Posted: 2/6/2013 4:05:54 PM|
Shockingly, yes. Not financially (worse off at the moment) but we are grateful for what we do have. Emotionally, a million times better. At this time last year I was living a miserable life filled with lies and anger -- I didn't even understand how bad it was. In the past year I have found a spiritual path that brings me great comfort and I've made enormous strides in improving my marriage, which had been circling the drain for years, as well as other relationships. It took a huge crisis to get me to this point -- I don't recommend it! However, out of bad has come a lot of good. My life, although still filled with uncertainty and my share of problems, is better than I ever could have imagined it would be.
Loc: New York City
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Loc: Your Mom's house
|Posted: 2/6/2013 4:28:50 PM|
I am mentally in a much better place. I have worked really hard on improving myself and my self confidence. Some hard decisions have been made.
Financially we are a little better. Physically I'm probably slightly worse. But one thing at a time.
|Posted: 2/6/2013 4:33:07 PM|
Financially I am worse - my pay is the same but my insurance and other fringe benefits out of my check has increased - my check is $400 less a month than it was year ago
As far as happiness - I'm not any better but I'm not any worse - I'd say I'm about even with that. I'm generally a happy person.
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
Loc: Enjoying the spring in Ohio
|Posted: 2/6/2013 4:39:23 PM|
Yes- happier that I have made some better health choices and exercise regulaly. I ran 2 half marathons and several 5K's. It is true about the runner's high. I feel so accomplished afterword and it has spread into other areas of my life.
DH and I are in a really good place. I also heard lots of horror stories about women in thier 40's, it sucks getting older, etc. But at 43 I am the happiest I have ever been.
|Posted: 2/6/2013 4:48:12 PM|Relieved yes
Financially, health wise, happy, absolutely not
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|Posted: 2/6/2013 4:49:47 PM|
I am happier without the stress of having to work nights and leave the kids home alone while I was doing so. That was a lot of stress on me. Not having an income is stressful but at least we have a roof over our head and are all together. My dd's seem to be doing better in school and my son is happier than I have seen him in years.
|Posted: 2/6/2013 7:10:57 PM|
Overall it sounds like there are more happy/better off peas than not. To the ones that are not, hang in there. 2013 could still be a better year.
Loc: New England
|Posted: 2/6/2013 7:11:47 PM|
Good question. yes and no. 2/12/12 I became a Momma to a beautiful baby girl...she turns 1 on tuesday. So in that way definately yes. We also bought a condo in my hometown something I never dreamed we could do.
But in some ways no because I received recent news that my dad's cancer is back (I should say it spread) and I'm being laid off from one of my 2 jobs in a few weeks.
Peaing From Podunk
Loc: North Dakota
|Posted: 2/6/2013 7:33:26 PM|Same/same but I'm good with that
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|Posted: 2/6/2013 7:45:57 PM|
I got married on January 1 to an amazing man who retired a few days before the wedding and does all of the cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc. Financially things are fine. I'm very happy and count my blessings.
|Posted: 2/6/2013 7:49:48 PM|
Compared to February of 2012, I would take those issues and life challenges over February 2013. If go back to mid 2012, I still don't like how 2013 started out but at least we, as a family have answers to DH health issues and are dealing with them and I can provide for my family. As odd as it is I think this the calmest and coziest the house has been is been in a while.
black eyed pea with soul!
Loc: LI, NY
|Posted: 2/6/2013 8:01:44 PM|
Loc: Mesa, Arizona
|Posted: 2/6/2013 8:12:53 PM|Oh yes by a long shot, for lots of reason. I was in bad shape physically and had three surgeries this time last year. The pain started in late Feb last year and I had my gal bladder, appendix and a biopsy on my liver, two stomach scopes and three stones removed. It was so much fun!
Dh had ACL done early last year,We also lost our little dog at the end of last year.
We're a little better off financially and everything else this year too, I am feeling really optimistic and feeling pretty good overall.
Loc: Seattle, WA
|Posted: 2/6/2013 8:16:27 PM|
Absolutely. Enthusiastically, YES! Giddy even.
On all fronts.
Don't get me wrong, all the normal stuff in life, but overall yes.
Loc: Nor Cal
|Posted: 2/6/2013 8:18:31 PM|
Yes. I'm staying home with our new little one (2 weeks old) and dd1 (22 months old) is home with me two days a week as well.
Dh loves his job, sometimes has to work longer hours than we would like, but overall a great situation. We took 7 or 8 weeks of vacation last year, we won't be taking that much this year. But we still have some fun stuff planned...that much traveling with two little ones would just be too much.
Our marriage is awesome, our kids are healthy and a joy, life is good.
Loc: Rite Aid
|Posted: 2/6/2013 8:32:44 PM|
Yes, and last year was a pretty good year too. I haven't really had a "bad" year since oh... maybe 2004 or 2005.
But this year is already better. For some reason (not really sure why), but my state of mind is very happy/light/uplifted/forward thinking. Generally, I'm not "that way".
Honestly, I wake up every day thinking of all the things I have to look forward to. My mind is full every day of the things I want to do. The days, weeks, lifetime are too short to fit all the exciting things I want to do.
Financially, we are bringing home less money due to the tax changes. However, we've gotten super frugal and we're paying off all our debt. So even though we're bringing home less money, and we're spending no money at all... I really don't want for anything. In fact, I can't think of a single thing I want for Valentine's Day. Which is crazy. I always want a dozen different things. But nothing seems more important than paying down our debt.
January was harder, tapering off of my constant shopping trips, Starbucks trips, etc. But now I'm to the point where nothing seems worth the money or space it takes up in my house. I want just the bare essentials. And I want to keep traveling. A lot. And I want to spoil my nieces.
|Posted: 2/6/2013 9:00:10 PM|
Better off financially? Oh H E L L no!
Happier with my kids and life. Sad about not having my dad. Making ends meet. Appreciating my family each day and just going with the flow.
Loc: Central Iowa
|Posted: 2/6/2013 9:05:09 PM|
Busier, but things are going well, so I'd say we're in a holding pattern of goodness.
On specifics, my barn is finished, and we just bought a used car for me and ds to share. DS's basketball season is almost over (and no activities for him until April soccer games), and DD's basketball season finished up last week. Pretty soon we'll just be in the gym for volleyball, so that is a bright spot.
I have two horses I really look forward to riding this spring, and I'm well under way on the graduation blankets I'm making. The house is more organized, and I've been doing a great job keeping up on the general housekeeping despite the ball schedule.
Everyone's healthy and happy, so that's a bonus, too.
I'm just a pea:)
Loc: *Sunny Southern California*
|Posted: 2/6/2013 9:06:39 PM|
Loc: Saint Louis
|Posted: 2/6/2013 9:16:21 PM|
We haven't been able to afford to travel for a few years now, but finally, we can afford to take a little vacation this year.
|Posted: 2/6/2013 11:26:59 PM|Happy? Yes, this time last year I had just lost my mom to ovarian cancer after a 10 month battle.
Financially? Worse...no raise in over 2 years even though everything is going up...especially our insurance.
The state of public education in this country is in a mess and raises may not come this year either, but I sure bet premiums will rise once again.
|Posted: 2/6/2013 11:45:31 PM|
It is almost 1 in the morning. I am rocking my one newborn son while his twin brother is fussing in the crib! 8 year old big brother is across the hall sleeping blissfully unaware! I have never been happier or felt more blessed!
Life is good!!!!
|Posted: 2/6/2013 11:46:22 PM|
Yes, both emotionally/mentally and financially.
Mary Kay Lady
Loc: The state of Confusion!
|Posted: 2/7/2013 1:32:27 AM|
Last year I'd just asked my alcoholic husband of 24 years to move out of our family home. It's been 13 months of adjustment, but YES!!!! I'm happier. I'm in a better place emotionally. I'm getting my life back together.
This time next year I expect my life to even better! And believe me when I say that it's been a l-o-n-g time since I've felt this good.
|Posted: 2/7/2013 2:35:52 AM|
Yes! New house, triple the money, new car, and finally doing fertility treatments. Hoping next year will bring even more happiness!
|Posted: 2/7/2013 6:25:03 AM|
Enthusiastically, yes!!!! In November my husband switched to days after 19 years of nights, and this week he's training for another new job (same company) where he will have weekends off.
I started a new job January 2nd that is three miles from home (vs 30) and I just love it.
My daughter is happily finishing her senior year, has scholarships to several schools to choose from! My son is working at a job he enjoys, but still has time to pursue his outdoor passions. So yes, life is really really good.
one of those "entitled" peas
|Posted: 2/7/2013 7:02:12 AM|
I am about the same. But the same is pretty good.
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Lost and Found in Pea-land
Loc: NC but wishing I was somewhere else
|Posted: 2/7/2013 7:29:44 AM|
I would say, yes I am. But that probably has to do with finding a solution to chronic pain. Hopefully, it's not temporary.
Mom to the Wild Things.
Loc: Poss-a-Dillo Hill, Ozark, AL
|Posted: 2/7/2013 7:38:55 AM|
I am/we are, but it sometimes doesn't seem that way. We are currently paying mtg. and operating expenses on 2 properties and it's often a financial crises.
We are rehabbing a building, doing a commercial to residential conversion and are nearing our goal time frame but the building isn't move in ready yet.
|Posted: 2/7/2013 8:28:22 AM|
Not everything is better but I am happier then I was a year ago.