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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!