This was a busy year for Mindy and me:
- New house: I’m typing this article in the home we just moved into a couple of days ago. We’ve been casually looking at acquiring more real estate ever since we moved to Longmont and have even made some offers, but none were accepted. Until now. It turns out we needed to find a home with a feature no one else wanted:
- New business: We bought into a coworking space in January. I was tentative about going into business with friends, but the arrangement has worked very well. The business puts a little extra money into my bank account but more importantly, building community and interacting with members makes me happy.
- New profits: In 2018, we partnered with friends to buy a trailer park. It was in rough shape, so for the first year, we reinvested all earnings into improving the property. In 2019, we started taking payments and in the first three quarters, we’ve made $23,404. Not bad for an investment of $170,000.
- New challenges: We’ve only published two videos so far, but creating video content is really fun. It’s so fun that I sometimes wonder if I’ll stop creating written content one day in favor of video.
- New friends: This past weekend, we welcomed a new family to our little corner of the world. Before the year is up, more friends will be moving closer to us. I’m so damn fortunate to have so many great people around me and more arriving all the time.
- New me: I had an interesting conversation with a friend yesterday. I had first met this friend about three years ago on a ski trip. During the course of the conversation, I mentioned that I had visited his town after that ski trip, but was too introverted and intimidated to reach out. I told him that I felt foolish for my lack of confidence at the time. He mentioned that I’m a different person than the one he met three years back; more outgoing and not nearly so shy. I was happy to hear this because it’s something I’ve felt inside for a while. Public speaking is the most important thing I’ve ever done for personal growth. I’m more confident and a better person.
Life is pretty good right now. I look forward to the upcoming challenges of remodeling our new home, growing the YouTube channel, making the coworking space even better, and welcoming new friends to Longmont. These projects will keep me busy for years to come. At the same time, I’m going to take them at a leisurely pace. No more Death Marches For Dollars.
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Enough about me. How about you?
- How has your 2019 shaken out?
- Any good surprises?
- How have you grown as a person?
- What can I help you with?
I hope your life is going as well as mine. If not, I hope the ship is turning around and you’ve learned from whatever you had to go through.
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