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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!

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!