I turn 35 on Christmas Eve.
I’d like to dedicate this post to all the Christmas babies. Only you truly understand hearing the phrase, “this is your birthday AND Christmas gift.” It was always tough having a birthday around this time because a lot of people aren’t available in December. I once had a birthday party when I was around 12 in which ONE person showed up. I was so tramatized from that experience that I didn’t have another party until I was 30.
As a spoiled kid, I did make up for it growing up by demanding I get a present on my brother’s birthday in January. Thanks mom and dad for that.
A Year in the Life
As a parent, your life revolves around your child’s milestones. Watching Addie slowly grow up has been the most memorable thing that’s happened to me in the past year. From her first steps to her first birthday, I’ve enjoyed every minute of being a parent. This is coming from a guy who never really wanted to be a dad. It’s been both the most difficult and the most rewarding thing I have or ever will do. I now understand those parents on Facebook that have to share EVERYTHING about their kids. Anything Addie does is awesome. 🙂
The unexpected layoff I had a few months ago has given me that extra time to bond with her that I would never have had if I never lost my job. So while I know that eventually I’ll need to start making an income again, I am making the most of this time with my daughter. It just goes to show you, that being a frugal budget nerd has made getting laid off an inconvenience rather than a financial disaster for my family. I want to thank my lovely wife for always being there for me. I am very blessed.
The Origins of Dad is Cheap
My blog started from my daily back and forth email exchanges with my friend Haydee in which we would wax poetic about any and every subject. As a fellow writer (check out her blog Go Indent here), she would often tell me that I should write a blog about my random experiences being a father who also happens to be a finance nerd. I didn’t think much about it at first, because I thought, “Who the hell would read my blog?”
Turns out there’s more than a few of you out there tuned in to my (sometimes) weekly episodes :). I’ll probably never do Budgets are Sexy numbers, but I’m proud of what has become of my blog since I started this last March. I’d like to thank my wife for constantly pimping out this blog to all her friends and coworkers. Thank you for always being my #1 fan.
Blogging has been one of the most fulfilling things I’ve done. As a dude who is generally a quiet guy, it’s been nice putting my thoughts down and having people comment and talk to me in person about my posts. Becoming a father has completely changed my mindset on life and finances and I just wanted to share my experience. I want to show people that this finance stuff doesn’t have to be like pulling teeth. If I can inspire few people start a college fund because of this blog, that’s something I can be happy about.
One of the great things about starting this blog is connecting with other bloggers. Money is such a taboo topic, so it’s been refreshing connecting with fellow finance geeks. Plus, they’re the only ones that can completely relate to what I go through as a blogger. They understand the struggle that comes with trying to write regularly and all the stuff we go through to try to get our messages across.
The personal finance community is pretty awesome. I can barely talk to most of my friends and family about money related issues, but can go back and forth with other bloggers all day about random money/blogging topics. A special shout out to Kristin from Brokepedia, from who I learned the concept of the “shitty first draft”, which has helped me blog just a little more consistently. She was also kind enough to meet with me to be my Jedi Master on all things writing and personal finance. The Budget is strong with this one.
A few other bloggers who I’ve connected over the past months since I started that I’d like to send a shout out:
Jim at Wallet Hacks
Alyssa at Generation YRA
Sarah at The Yachtless
Alyssa at My Mixed Up Money
Madison at How to Stuff Your Pig
I appreciate the kind words, comments, and responding to my randomness. If you’re not included, please don’t fret. There are definitely a lot more names I could have included! 🙂
And On That Note…
Dad is Cheap will be going on a hiatus until 2016. My family will be spending some time in New Orleans over the holiday. Our goal is to take Addie on as many adventures as we can. Getting a fancy doughnut (or beignets as they call it over there) apparently is a must for my daughter to experience.
Traveling with a kid is no joke. It’s like we have to bring her whole room with us on the flight. We are currently figuring out how we’re going to navigate the airport with our luggages, backpacks, a stroller, and a carseat.
To the lucky traveler that gets seated next to us, I apologize in advance for the 4 hours of my daughter causing a ruckus. May the force be with us all.
-Happy Holidays from Vic