Best wishes to all of my readers. May all your financial and personal goals be achieved this year. That we get at least one step closer to FIRE in 2021!
2021 is finally upon us!
Talk about a crazy year. I think we can all agree 2020 is going to be one for the history books. It was a year that many people will want to forget. Even now, people are still struggling to stay afloat, so I’m grateful I was able to continue to work (from home).
Unfortunately, 2020 struck me and my wife hard in a different way. I lost my grandmother to Anaplastic thyroid cancer, and on the 25th of December, my wife lost her uncle to Corona. Not only us, but hundreds of thousands of people across the globe lost loved ones. Even now, as we are about to celebrate the coming of a new year (and the real start of a new decade, to some 😉 ) doctors and nurses are fighting to keep someone’s partner, parent, or child alive.
Ending 2020 on a high note
In spite of all this doom and gloom, I want to end the year on a high note. The pregnancy of my wife makes 2020 a year worth remembering in a positive way. I also finished my second year of writing. To think I’ve been going at it for so long.
I honestly struggled at times finding things to write about, but I think it’s because I’m still holding my thoughts back too much. Instead of overthinking my topics and what my readers would like to read, I should let my thoughts run freer and really share with you my day-to-day journey and the financial impact my choices have. This holds especially true as I’m about to embark on the greatest challenge yet: fatherhood!
I hope to continue my steady progress in 2021 and that you, my readers, continue to follow me during my fight towards FIRE. Seeing your comments or the messages you send me through email gives me the motivation to keep going and it makes my hands tingle to continue writing.
I'm a developer for a major financial institution in Belgium that is present in over 40 countries. I have over 8 years of working experience in the development of customer applications focussing on all aspects of banking. This helped me gain a deep understanding of the inner workings of a commercial bank. All of this experience in both banking and life culminates in this blog about personal finance and my fight towards FIRE.
December, the month of Christmas and New Years'. Lots of celebrations meaning some bigger expenses. This wasn't any different this year even with corona. We just did it on our own and just handed over the gifts outside. We went a little wild with food but my income was higher so it balanced things out a little bit.
If there is one thing I've learned in 2020, then it's that you can find a lot of useful financial info on Youtube.
Not that you should follow any self-proclaimed finance guru you come across, but there are at least 6 gems out there between all the grey, bland rocks, that are worth your precious time.