January is almost over and it's been a great financial month. I owe less money on my credit card than I have in three years, and since the first of the year I've started to relax about it all. Don't get me wrong, I'm not relaxing the objective or becoming complacent in any way. What I am feeling is that I don't have such an insurmountable task ahead like I did when the debt was still $25K, $23K, 18K etc. As of today it's at $11,875 and I'm crazy excited to be so close to dropping below $10K.
I have started focusing on seeing some growth in retirement in savings as well as the shrinkage of debt. I'm starting small and certainly the largest part of my disposable income is still being thrown at the debt but I've increased my 401k contributions back up to 6% (they'll jump to 9% once my annual increase hits in March) and I've started to fund an IRA. I'm also making small contributions to savings.
Even though they're small numbers, seeing them grow is hugely motivating. I got crazy inspired by http://www.budgetsaresexy.com/category/net-worth/ and started tracking my net worth. It's still a negative of course but the last two months have both delivered over 20% increases on the prior month!
Buying shoes was never this satisfying... even when they were Louboutins.