Happy birth-month to me! I always like to celebrate my birthday for at least a couple of weeks, and I’m starting this one (My 43rd!) by creating a 50 By 50 List. Fifty things that I would like to accomplish by the time I turn fifty years old.
I thought this would be an easy peasy kind of thing to write up. I mean, I have a lot of things to do! But those last 15 or so items were tough. By the time I worked up to 50, though, I was on a roll and came up with nearly 60 things! So I edited and consolidated some and now have a list with which I am pleased. There are a lot of good things on it, and they are all completely do-able.
I’m going to start off with the boring stuff – the money management things:
1. Pay off all debt except for the home loan. Chris and I have been working steadily on this for several years now, and are seeing some good progress! Our plan has all of our debt other than the mortgage paid off in 5 to 7 years. That will feel great!
2. Put a down payment on the dome. What dome, you ask? Why, one of these domes, of course! A happy little geodesic dome to live in. We’ve got the land, and AI Domes does a layaway plan for their kits. After paying off our other debt, this is where our extra cash will go. It will be a perfect little 50+ home for us!
3. Get motorcycles into the budget. I’ve always wanted to have a motorcycle again. I drove one for several years before I could afford a car, and that bike lent such a sense of freedom to my life. Chris is interested in learning to ride as well, so we know this is something we’d like to do. But I don’t want to go into further debt to do it, and I don’t want it to interfere with the plans on buying the dome. So I’m listing it as ‘putting it into the budget’ instead of ‘buying a couple of motorcycles’. When the smoke clears from item numbers 1 and 2, we’ll see where we sit with adding a couple of fun vehicles to our lives.
Happy September to everyone, and let the celebrating begin!