A Long Overdue 2020 Update

It has been several months since I have provided a substantial update on this blog and I think it is about time to start writing more and updating what has been happening since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. If you are just interested in the numbers you can skip to the last part of this post, but you will miss a lot of context that I think is important about our story so far this year. During this time there have been many challenges, a few bright spots, a few negative things, and a lot of things I would consider mixed. Most of all we have had to adapt to a lot of changes, some purposeful some out of our control. On top of everything going on with the pandemic, this has also been one of my busiest periods for work during a time where I have had limited time and focus. The best way to sum up the last few months is that I have been far too drained to write much if at all outside of my job. I have been mentally and physically exhausted and the amount of time to write for myself, such as on this blog, has been almost zero. Plus finding the words or motivation to write about personal finance during a global pandemic and the critical importance of the Black Lives Matter protests has seemed impossible and ill-timed. 

Over the last few days however, I have found myself in a place where I am starting to get comfortable writing again for myself and so I decided to sit down and write a little bit about our story for the first part of this year. 

So here a few of the highlights for me and my family for the last five months…