May was a relatively quiet month. I think the longer we keep on this path, the more we’re realizing that big goals like this aren’t met with month after month of confetti, noisemakers, and celebration. The majority of the time, we’re just quietly in the trenches, doing the hard work that leads to those moments of accomplishment. And that’s okay, I think. If you’re only ever having a great time, winning at life, then people who need help can’t identify with you. And if they can’t identify with anyone, they run out of hope pretty fast. So this month, our message is aimed at the people that didn’t have any big wins: Hey. Whatever it is that you’re working towards, keep it up. It doesn’t matter that you didn’t fully accomplish your goal today, what matters is that you’re closer to it than you were yesterday.
Alright, sappy pep talk out of the way, let’s give the people what they want.
|January 2016 (Start)||April 2017||May 2017|
|Car Loan||$4,685.88||PAID OFF!! 03/17||Paid Off 03/17|
|K Student Loans||$14,058.10||$12,139.16||$11,998.83|
|R Student Loans||$47,879.41||$45,902.31||$45,671.85|
$17,061.28 paid off since 1/1/2016
$7,143.67 paid off in 2017
$1,216.04 paid off this month
June’s going to be a much more roller-coaster-y month. We’ve got at least five birthdays (mine included!) and a wedding coming up, so our gifts budget is going up by quite a bit. Rachel is leaving for her two-week annual training for the National Guard (she redefines Army wife), which brings in a bump in our income. And we’re leaving July 1st for a 9-day road trip with her family, so we’re going to be finishing out the vacation fund before we hit the road. But do you want to know the thing we’re most excited about?? Look at the chart again. See the Discover Loan line? Yeah, buddy. If all goes well, that should bite the dust next month. Only God knows if it’ll happen, and only time will tell, but I’ve got a good feeling we’ll be doing another happy dance soon. He continues to bless us beyond what we deserve!