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.
It all started in November 2020 when we had to decide where to stay after I learned that my apartment in Brussels would face a 10 to 12 month (!) delay due to corona -although I'm very doubtful it's just because of that- and that my wife would deliver the end of May 2021.
Before our move, we struggled for a long time with the question: "Can you put a price on a good night's sleep?". I think I have found the right price tag.
After sleeping years on hand-me-downs, I believed it was about time to get something decent as we approach life with 3. But the prices brought me nightmares instead of blissful dreams.
Moving. It's such a fun activity, especially with a baby on the way. We are now well into our fourth week of slowly moving things out of our tiny 40m² apartment and into my late grandmother's house. Besides looking into what to get for our little girl, we also prepare my grandmother's house so that it's to our taste when we finally settle in. Of course, we won't be putting in a new kitchen or completely redo wallpaper, but we make 6 inexpensive home improvements to make this old house (build in the '60s) somewhat modern.