Hello from Key West! It’s my favorite time of year again, and to celebrate, I decided to take another vacation. The weather is just lovely right now, and I’m going to make sure to enjoy as much fun in the sun as possible while I’m here in the sunshine state. I’ll be making my way to Miami towards the end of this week.
2014 was an amazing year! Here are some of the highlights:
- Started the year off vacationing in Maui and Oahu!
- Closed Rental Property #5 in February.
- Took a mid-year break to enjoy Boston and New York.
- Went on a round-the-world expedition in August to Tokyo, Bangkok, and Rome.
- Closed Rental Property SH #1 in August.
- Closed Rental Property SH #2 in September.
- Started new job in September.
- In contract for Rental Property SH #3 in December.
- Working on cash out refi on Rental Property #2 in December.
- Increased net worth by $200,000 this year.
- Increased cash flow to $3,000/month this year (~$2,000/month when there are vacancy and maintenance issues).
- Capping off the year by relaxing in Key West and Miami.
As always, I’ve tried my very best to balance both work and play. It’s not always possible, and I still find myself working far too much! But taking an extended vacation every few months certainly does make a huge difference. Early FI is a marathon, not a sprint! So, it’s especially important to take care of your health. The rat race is very toxic, so try and get away from the office as much as possible.
2015 is fasting approaching, and I’m very much contemplating making it my final year in high-tech. I’m currently employed by a wonderful company, but like most things in life, there are no free lunches. The compensation is great, but so is the amount of work you have to put in to earn it. And at this stage of my career and life, I’m getting close to no longer being willing to make those type of sacrifices anymore.
When you are young, it’s understandable why you’ll be willing to overwork; your foundation is weak (both financial and career experience)… Not to mention, you also have all the energy and motivation in the world to keep going.
As you get into your 30’s, things change… These days, I care more about my free time than I do an extra bonus, or stock grant. I’ll gladly sacrifice salary to get more days off in a year. Also, I have ZERO motivation to continue learning and progressing in my career. It’s all the same ol’, same ol’…
It’s time to flip the script and try something new. A life unventured is a life not worth living.
Keep up the good fight everyone! I’ll have a full 2014 recap up soon… and I’ll be working on the 2015 goals while I’m laying on the beach sometime this week… or next week. I’m on vacation, so I’ll get to it when I get to it… 😉
I’m sure you all understand! Live life on your own terms. It’s what early FI is all about!