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It’s getting real in Oklahoma City. What a month. I’m emotionally and spiritually depleted – and my finances took their expected dip.
Along with furnishing a down payment for a house, the markets also reacted because of Omicron fears. Moving and setup costs were more than anticipated.
But I’m here in Oklahoma City. I’ve been coughing and sickly since I moved in – and two days after I closed, my dad died.
So I drove all way the to Mississippi to get my stuff and go to his house, which went terribly. His wife was awful to me. I missed a lot of work and the following week was Thanksgiving.
Now there’s talk about a new Covid variant and I am still shell shocked. My nervous system is shot and I haven’t even begun to process everything that’s happened.
This month, I should find out who my new mortgage holder is (my lender is going to sell the mortgage) and be able to add my house and mortgage account to my net worth calculations.
I almost didn’t post this month. My finances are in flux and things haven’t settled yet from the move. But in the spirit of honestly documenting this journey, I’m here, raw as I am, dips and all.
I will say – the house is so, so sweet. Such a good energy. Once I catch my breath, I can’t wait to get it decorated and furnished and work in the yard.
But for now, I’m being extra extra gentle with myself. Losing a parent you weren’t really close with has so many complicated emotions.
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December 2021 Freedom update
All that said, my automatic investments still went through. I dumped some cash into my 401k and only took what I absolutely needed from savings. I want to guard those funds for emergencies or Things That Really Matter, and this month had both. I’m unable to speak freely on this topic right now, so the vague description will have to do.
I put 5% down on the house and got the seller to contribute $5,000 toward closing. So I brought ~$15,000 to the table, which is now part of my home’s equity.
I had to pay for the moving truck, setup costs for all the utilities, new bed, gas, and all the rest. Once I get a few more paychecks in my account, I’ll be able to make progress toward my $500,000 goal.
Being down ~$24K does sting, especially when I was almost to the halfway point. But January 2022 should put me near where I was – plus I have a house accruing equity and appreciation. It feels good to have a home base again.
And with that, my nomadic adventure is over. 🎉 Ah, but it was fun while it lasted. Now I have other things to focus on here.
Markets took a beating
Just last month, I hit $200K invested and today I’m at $196K invested. Because of my stock-heavy position, I’m down across all my accounts. But, I’m sure it’ll pick back up eventually. Another Covid variant is all the world needs right now. #sarcasm
But for real, I’m going to stay the course and keep working and investing. I believe Oklahoma City is on the up and up – and I’m really glad I own property here now. I want to scoop up a couple more as soon as I’m able.
Back to hardcore savings mode
My current savings number is $9K – which is a lot less than my desired $30K. But that’s what it was there for – to use for something when I needed it.
But on January 1, I fully plan to add $6,000 to my Roth IRA, which will cause my savings to dip even more – again, temporarily.
After that, I’ll spend 2022 getting my savings back up to $30K and potentially looking to spend it on an investment property here in Oklahoma City. 🏡
By the numbers
So here it is all laid out.
You can see the dips all across the board – in my investments, savings, and overall net worth.
2022 will definitely be about bulking up my savings and putting any excess into my taxable brokerage account.
Work also just announced a 3% 401k match starting in January, so that’ll be a little extra toward my overall investments. As I always say, it all adds up (lol I say that like I came up with it).
|Current||Last month||Change||2021 Goal|
|Overall investments||$196,110||$200,190||-$4,080||As much as possible|
|401k (contributions only)||$17,500||$15,833||+$1,667||$19,500|
|Traditional IRA||$116,002||$118,923||-$2,921||xx (can't contribute)|
|Net worth in Personal Capital||$215,765||$240,017||-$24,252||$500,000 (overall goal)||Track your net worth with Personal Capital|
It hurt to turn nearly all my pluses into minuses. 😢 But I know it’s just a season and that it’ll all swing back up again soon.
All in all, life’s good. I have a lot to look forward to now. This past month brought changes that will stick with me for a long, long time.
In the last 30 days:
- I bought a house (!!!)
- My father passed away on November 17
- My savings went way down because of moving and down payment
- Markets dipped in a big way
- My net worth went down $24K
In life, it’s the natural progression of things to lose your parents as some point. I really thought I would have my dad for a lot longer – at least a few more years. He was only 61 and passed away two days before his 62nd birthday. I’ll be working through a complex network of feelings about it for a long time. It didn’t directly affect my finances, but I think it’ll change how I view money long-term. I’m still thinking about that.
And now I’m officially an Oklahoman. On top of feeling pretty sick most of last month, I’m ready to put this year in the can and get to 2022. It has been a good year. A lot happened. A lot of good changes that I’m grateful for. I’ve been quiet here and on social media – so now you know why. But, I look forward to sharing more once I start feeling better about everything.
Thank you to everyone who reads these updates. It means the world to me. 🌌
Stay safe and scrappy out there! ✨
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