What a difference 5 years makes

| June 7, 2007 | 2 Comments

No, I haven’t disappeared. Its just been a busy week. I had some work to do on the cookbook, which is coming along nicely and is due out in August (!). YAY! I cannot wait to see what the cover looks like and to hold it in my hands – a hard copy of a cookbook that I personally wrote. I am so excited.

Other than that, I am just working for the weekend right now. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job, I just need a break. But vacation is coming so that should be a good relief.

On another note, I stumbled on a bank statement from five years ago over Memorial Day weekend. Boy, have I changed in five years. Five years ago, I was just beginning my career in journalism. I was sure I knew it all (I didn’t, still don’t) and wanted to take charge (still do). Five years ago, I was unmarried with no children. My income, which was less than half what it is now (perhaps a third even), went primarily to three things: food, shopping and my car. I paid more for insuring my car then I do now for insuring both my husband’s and my own. I went tanning regularly. And all the time, I thought I was broke (I didn’t know what broke was).

I can’t help but let the if I only’s creep into my head once in a while – if I had only saved some money instead of shopping and eating out so much (I honestly rarely cooked, because I didn’t know how to cook for one and was afraid to cook with meat). If I had only had the foresight to plan for the future.

I’m older, wiser, married and a mother now. I still spend more than I should (particularly on food, but it’s ingrediants now), but I also make a conscious effort to save money too. In five years, I would like to look back and think how smart I was to start saving. I would like to be in a good, stable financial place in five years.

Where were you five years ago? Where do you want to be in five years?

Category: The Book, Thoughts

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Sarah Walker Caron is a freelance writer, editor and recipe developer. Her work has appeared in countless online and print publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Connecticut with her two kids, two beagles and husband.

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  1. Chris says:

    This is always interesting to think about. I think of the last 6 -10 years and it is crazy how much has happened. Now – I never had money and still don’t – can’t seem to get ahead, but I keep pluggin’ away and deal.

    Five years ago, I was in my first year of radiation therapy, applying to grad schools (which I finished early spring), and loving my job teaching English. But, it was also the year I worked toward my Baking and Pastry certification and began to yearn for my own bakery. So, I am hoping that 5 years from now, (after taking more classes and refreshing my brain) I can have that bakery, or do something that has to do with food full time. If not that is not in the cards, and since I am an assistant administrator now, I will probably be a principal. Scary!

  2. Anita says:

    Funny you ask: 5 years ago, I was single! (OK, not really. We got married 5 years ago tomorrow, and we had lived together for 7 years before that.) But 5 years ago, we knew we were leaving SF for Seattle, and had no idea we would ever return. We hadn’t even stumbled across eGullet, much less food blogs. We ate out a lot, and cooked pretty well, but the farmer’s market was just a fun morning destination, not our religion. Local? Seasonal? Whassat?

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