I’m turning 29 this year and it feels odd. Part of me still wants to be a kid and another part of me is happy to be on the last leg of my 20’s. This last year has been good to me. Not great, not bad, but good.

We purchased a house almost exactly a year ago. The same tug and pull that I have with exiting my 20’s and still wanting to be a kid I have with purchasing a house. I think it’s a smart investment but it also ties you down. After having purchased a home in the past I wasn’t exactly up for another one. Houses are a lot of work! Especially when you work full time. I’m happy to have a place to go to after a long day’s work as long as I’m not working when I get there.

That is exactly the type of feelings I’ve had all year long. A tug and pull. I’ve deliberately thought of every decision I’ve made this last year wayyy too much. While it drives me nuts, I feel I end up making the best decision for myself. For example, my wife has been asking me what I want for my birthday for the last few weeks. While I can think of a lot of things I’d like to have, most of them are techy, expensive and unpractical. I don’t need much in life and I don’t want to fill my life with distractions of material goods. Being a tech guy, a computer and a phone is enough of a distraction for me.

There have been a few hard things that have happened this year. We lost our dog, Fred. While I didn’t think it would make much of an impact on me, I miss that dog quite a bit. We also found out Beth had a form of skin cancer. We took care of it and they haven’t found any more so far.

Not everything has been down. There have also been some up’s! We purchased a house, which is coming together quite nicely. We have started furnishing it. We have also continued exploring California. This state has given us a variety of new experiences. For example, we went to Seattle for a mini-vacay over a weekend. This was a nice change because Beth wasn’t working throughout the trip and got to enjoy it. It would be possible to do this from Nebraska but not as enjoyable as we got to travel down the coast while driving back.

Another good thing is, I’m working for a company that treats me fairly. I’ve worked at a lot of smaller companies in the past. While some of them were great, most weren’t. My current employer, is large, fair, and there are opportunities for growth.

As of right now, I don’t have many plans for my 29th year around the sun. The older I get, the more minimalist I find myself becoming. I’d like to have a good balance of enjoying life but not cluttering it up. I’ve always had a goal of recording a few songs. This might be the year to make it happen.


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