I'll start off with the biggie. In June, my wife and I announced that we're expecting our first child! The baby is due in January and we will not be finding out the gender beforehand. Safe to say our lives are about to change like we can't imagine!
In September, my wife and I will also be traveling to South Korea! She was adopted from there at a very young age and has never been back. It's become a bucket list item of hers and as we talked it over, we figured we may end up waiting many years if we didn't do it before the baby arrives. I've since been encouraged by several people to not let having a small child prevent us from traveling, and while I do hope that we do continue to travel, I'm glad we are making this "babymoon" happen nonetheless! Around the time we first began discussing the trip, I had heard a discussion of "travel hacking" on a podcast, and that strategy made the possibility of affording flights to Korea much more feasible.
You may have also noticed a change in the appearance of the blog. I put a link to my blog up on the r/blogging subreddit (wouldn't be a David Bartels post without a reference to Reddit!) and the fine folks gave me a bit of feedback- mainly that it was lacking visually. I had some fun customizing the themes that Blogger offers so you may notice more changes as I continue to play around with the options.
Obviously as my previous two posts discussed, I'd been thinking a lot about financial independence in the early summer. While it's still a goal of mine and something I may come back to, it hasn't been as big of a focus for me during the second half of summer. And fortunately since right now this blog is just a hobby for me I can move on to "the next big thing". I have a pretty good idea about what that's going to be, but it's more fun to be cryptic so sorry, no hints.