I have so much coming up this year... so much that it's making any future vacation look impossible. I've been working like mad, trying to save money so we can actually do this.
But I had 2 strokes of incredible good luck this week!!
Firstly, I got a dealer table at MFF. I was already planning on trying for an artist alley table... but there is only so much money one can pull in at an alley table. Not having a stable location and the ability to have a display really hurts sales. I've been on the waiting list for a dealer table since early May, and wasn't really expecting to get one... but one opened up! Because of that, I should be able to make more than enough to book a vacation to Disney at the end of January, right after FC!
The second stroke of good luck is perfect timing! I go on the Disneyworld site at least 3 times a week to check pricing for different times of the year on resort packages. I almost booked a vacation in October, since they had a free meal plan deal going, but I only would have been able to afford a value resort hotel at that time. Those who know me know how much I *adore* children, so this was going to be a big compromise for me. Those value resorts just scream child trap. I fully understand the fact that it is Disney, and there's gonna' be a lot of kids - but as a childfree person, I do my best to not put myself in places where I'm basically asking for it.
I had a budget in mind, and had picked out a moderate resort stay that just skirted under my budget. However, there is a special running right now where I can get a ton of money off a moderate resort hotel!! So now, I am about 900 dollars UNDER my budget! This, coupled with the fact that I have an MFF table means I should be able to book the vacation in a few weeks! :D :D I was even able to make it a 9 day long trip because of the savings!
I am so excited and actually happy! I don't think I've felt this happy in forever. I am finally going to go on a vacation with my husband. I'm probably driving him crazy chattering about it, but I am so delighted. We will be going at the end of January through the beginning of February. I'll also have FC money on hand as a backup, in case anything goes wrong while we are there.
I'm going to keep working hard, but I am so incredibly thankful for this turn of events. :)