I’ve also been posting here for a few days, and didn’t see this thread! I mostly read, and sometimes posted on MMM forums, but recently learned about this community, so thought I would hop over and join. I love everything I’ve been reading here so far, and feel like this community is more aligned with my life. I live in rural Colorado, in a tiny little town in a valley surrounded by mountains. I work at a bike shop as the buyer, but also do a lot of work on the retail side of things as well. I have my own little dog sitting business on the side, which has grown substantially over the past few years and has been hugely helpful in growing my income.
Last year I dealt with some big health problems (injury related) and after lots of PT, injections, etc ended up having two big surgeries within 2 months of each other. This was super expensive and painful, but I am so grateful for the frugal concepts I have been learning over the past few years and was able to pay off the $10k of medical bills in less than a year. It was a tough year not only financially, but also because I was torn away from the hobbies I love (mountain biking, hiking, skiing) and had a bit of a crisis of identity. I grew a lot over the year though, learned to love myself outside of my abilities as an athlete, and feel stronger as a person, even without my soul filling mountain bike adventures.
Anyway, I should really get my own journal instead of rambling on here…but this year I’m looking forward to finding a bit of my athletic side again (if PT says ok), building my savings back up, and hopefully making a move to the desert in Arizona, to escape from the cold winters. I so dearly love Colorado, but I think I need a bit of a break from the cold, and also searching for a place that is not such a HCOL so I can put some roots down for a while.