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Quick update – October 2016

I have been fairly busy lately, although I can definitely be managing my time better. We are finally wrapping up the price mistake house and in the meantime have closed on 2 more houses and have a 4-plex that is pending sale that will close early December.  We will probably only be able to get one of the houses done and then will start work on the 4-plex. I have also started using my realtor license for others and it has been a nice boost in income; however, it has taken my time away from my rentals so I am not sure if it is worth it. I need to start delegating more and hiring out work in order to get these houses done.

I have been exercising a minimum of 3 days a week. I have actually gained weight since then, but I have been feeling more energetic lately and am gaining strength. I really don’t care what my body looks like or how strong I am in the end, I just want to feel good and be able to play with Tristan when he gets older and not get winded. He just turned 13 months last week and is growing up fast!

Right now the biggest thing holding me back is, of course, myself. I need to better manage my time and get over some mental blocks to realize my true potential. I know that if I just keep on this slow and steady pace I am on I will be fine, but I feel as if I am wasting my potential. I am also trying to reconnect with people and strengthen my relationships because I am bad at keeping in touch and they are so freaking important. It’s easy to fall in the trap of routine and procrastination, but I know I will prevail in the end!

Epic Fail

So much for getting back into writing. My excuse is I’ve been back in town working on houses and actually getting real work done.  Also, I’m not sure if writing really resonates with me that much. It could just be an excuse, but I’m really not feeling it right now.

I’ve been a little bit conflicted lately with what I want in life.  I am at a crossroad of being comfortable vs. pushing myself. I do know that time is the most valuable thing I have and I do want the most long-term happiness possible. Especially now that I’m a father, I want to be able to spend time with Tristan and raise him properly. I see this as me settling in to being comfortable vs being vastly wealthy and successful, even if I am not living up to my potential.  I also do know that I want to help as many people as I can in whatever way I can. I’m not yet sure how I am going to do this or the medium which I will use – like blogging, podcasts, webinars, a life-changing product or service, etc.  I feel that if I continue growing as a person and being open to all the universe has to offer, everything will happen in its own perfect time and place.

For now, I’m going to continue on the path I’m on, and I am happy with that decision. I am definitely open to other possibilities, but right now I am very happy and am enjoying life to the fullest. A big thing myself and others get caught up with is comparing ourselves to others. I don’t do it too much, but I need to look within for my own purpose. I am on the right path and doing well so for now I’m just gonna keep doing what I’m doing. I do want to keep blogging on here, but no one really reads it so perhaps more of a personal journal kinda thing.

Oh and one last thing, I did upload all my old xanga posts on here, so if you want to read some cringeworthy stuff, it’s amazing to see how far I’ve come as a person.

2014 Review

So much for updating this more!  2014 was a fun year, but relatively unproductive.  I went on an Alaskan cruise, the Groove Cruise, and traveled to Florida, Texas, Phoenix, California, and went to a beautiful wedding in Denver.  Since it was the year I turned 30, I decided to go all out!

As for “work” I finally finished the house, but it still has not sold yet.  I also picked up another rental that is currently listed.  The other houses are going well so far.

I’m looking to 2015 as being a more productive year.  I have many ideas and need to determine what I want to focus on and hit it hard. Here’s to a great 2015! 🙂

2013 Recap

Kinda hard to believe it’s been over a year since my last update.  2013 was a good year.  Sold my first and second fix and flip.  Both were profitable, but the first was not worth the time, stress, and work involved.  The rentals are all going well.  We rented the house we were living at in Atchison and moved to Marysville, because Laura got a job in the area.  The second half of 2013 was pretty lazy for me.  I played a lot of games and haven’t really been working a lot.

Lately, I’ve set just two goals, to read a minimum of 30 minutes daily, and to exercise.  I am using a goal tracker app that is basically like the “Seinfeld calendar” method and it works surprisingly well.  I will add more goals soon.  We have been working on the blue “shed house” and still have a lot of work to do.  I will more than likely end up making money on it, but it will also be one that was way too time-consuming and stressful.  In the future I plan on being much more selective in the houses I choose.  I am interested in a small mobile home park in Manhattan, KS that may or may not even be available still.  I just have a lot on my plate with this current house and then the cat house which also has a lot of work.

I turn 30 this year.  I plan on making it a big year and have several trips planned already to Florida, California, Arizona, and an Alaskan cruise.  I am also considering EDC and burning man so it may be a very big travel year.  Gotta hit 30 with a bang.  I hope to update this more often than yearly…lol

Here’s to 2014.  May it be the best year yet!

Here’s to 2013

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I haven’t updated in awhile because I feel as if I haven’t had much to say.  I will instead give a quick update of what’s going on in my life and hopefully a few insights as well.

I still have not sold the damn yellow house!  Now I know what they mean when they say real estate is illiquid, and the importance of having a decent cash reserve for anything that might come up with the houses.  I have lowered the price to basically my bottom dollar.  I do have someone looking at it tomorrow, so we’ll see how it goes.

I have a lot on my plate after acquiring 3 new houses with my partner.  We definitely have our work cut out for us, but I think we found some good deals.  One of them we will attempt to flip and the other two we will rent out.

I have read some great books recently that I have added to my books section.  Conversations with God is an amazing book for Christians or atheists alike!  It basically spells out exactly what I currently believe in, and I am very happy to be more firm on my beliefs when, recently, I didn’t really know what I believed in.

Another great book I just finished was Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone.  It has some amazing ways to relate to people and get them to connect with you.  This book should be required reading for just about everyone.

I have a bunch of books in the pipeline and there is such a neverending supply of great books out there!

One more thing I have been getting into is frequent flyer miles.  There are some great credit card bonuses out there where you can earn some serious miles.  I recently acquired the starwoods rewards american express card and will have acquired close to 40k miles after a few months.  This is basically good for an international flight during off-peak times.  I also just applied (literally like 10 min ago) for two citicards with american airlines.  If you have good credit and are responsible with the cards, you can spend on normal things with them, like gas, groceries, eating out, whatever, and get a lot of miles and get some “free” plane tickets to anywhere in the world.  This is much better than the few hundred bucks in cash back I would have received.   This article by Maneesh and this site have been helpful in learning about this.  There are also countless forums and other sites with great info.

On a more personal note, my aunt has had cancer for quite awhile and finally sought traditional, medical treatment.  Today we found out that they will be unable to operate because there are too many spots, more than they thought.  She is quite hopeful and has been doing holistic treatment this whole time, but I am definitely concerned.

I am going to Beer and Pancakes again in February and am looking forward to it!  I have many goals I want to achieve this year and things are looking good.  Here’s to 2013.  Let’s make it the best year yet!