December 31, 2016

An Odd Realization

You know what’s an odd realization? For the first time in six years, we’ve had a year without a major life changes.

In 2010 Domingo and I got married. After what felt like an eternity of trying, we became pregnant in 2011. In 2012 we welcomed our first child, Nicole, to the family. I graduated, started a job and we moved in 2013. In 2014 we welcomed Alexis to the family. In 2015 we bought a house in the suburbs and drastically changed our lifestyle.

What happened for the Colon/Tyler Clan in 2016? Not much out of the ordinary. Domingo continues to work for the same employer doing much the same work, but is traveling a few times a year now. I continue to try and get my company off the ground, and continue to pretend like I’ll find time to put the house together. The girls are at the same daycare/preschool, though I will register Nicole for Kindergarden in a month and she starts in the fall.

Now that’s another odd realization: I will soon be the parent of a kindergartner.

Things are moving forward, just slowly. My business finally got a name, and has been finally started to gain traction, but it’s still small potatoes compared to what my salary once was. There’s potential there, but it’s not there yet.

My hope for 2017 is more of the same.

If Datayze continues to grow at it’s current rate it could replace my previous salary sometime in 2018. Of course I’d love to get it there earlier! I have a couple of ideas that could help spur some more episodes of rapid growth, but with the kids home the past couple of weeks there hasn’t been much of a chance to test my ideas. I’m dying for a work day! I stated my goal at the beginning of the year was to reach $100/mo, perhaps this coming year I should aim for $1000/mo. That would raise revenue by a factor of 10 in 2017 compared to 2016’s factor of 5. Feels like a stretch, but in theory doable.

I plan on continuing to work on weight loss. I was disappointed the daily exercise wasn’t helping as much as it once did, but at least I know what does work for me – counting calories. Dang my sweet tooth.

My hope for the house is that our roof holds out until the solar roof becomes a reality. Supposedly it’s cheaper than a traditional roof, and lasts way longer with the added benefit of giving us solar power and cutting down on our energy bills. It’s supposed to hit the market next summer, but the initial roll out may not include our area. We have 3-4 years left on our roof (weather permitting). It would be preferable to not be an early adopter, if possible. Here’s hoping the timing works out.

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