Hey people, today we’re going to take a tangent, because I’ve been reading lots of blogs lately, and I have to tell you it is extremely hard to not talk about the present. So far I’ve been talking about 2008 and now we’re in 2012. It just seems so irrelevant. There is a method to this madness, and I hate doing things out of order, so that’s just the way this blog is going to be for awhile until we get all caught up to present day.
Kyle and I sold our house in June and we moved into a little apartment where our neighbors smoke and fight. It is an understatement to say I’m already tired of living in an apartment. But I got so used to having space and air to breathe. It is tough taking what seems like a backwards step in life, financially or not, but that is what we have to do now.
This is part of the reason why I’m blogging. I started online businesses this past summer (pretty much around the time we moved) in order to start a new fresh life. I’m building our life from scratch because I’d rather build a life for us than have our lives run by bosses. I don’t know what it is but the security of a job does not make me less stressed than having no money at all. It is not that I am lazy or I don’t like working. It is just that I don’t like having a set schedule or someone to scrutinize my work. I would rather measure up to my own expectations rather than a boss’ expectations.
A little back story. I went to Point Loma Nazarene University and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and I kind of used it with the caretaking of people with mental disabilities after graduation. However, those jobs didn’t last and I wasn’t so sure I wanted them to anyway. I’ve always wanted to be free. And I think since I’ve met Kyle I’ve kind of rubbed off on him too. He just recently decided to manufacture Porche parts and sell them at a much cheaper price than the originals (and at a better quality too!). Today he made his first sales. Sales with a big S on the end because he made a lot of sales. And for what? A part that takes away the squeeking of the the hatch of a Porche 944. (That’s the car Kyle drives).
This is a tangent of a blog post, that’s for sure.
So anyway, even though I’m a college grad and I’m not really using my degree, I don’t regret going to college. It was one of the most fun times I’ve ever had in my life (and the most expensive fun I’ve ever had, I’ve just barely made a dent in my student loans so far).
Now Kyle and I are at a stage of life where we are kind of at a precipice. We are on the verge of our new life. We just have to keep going in the direction we’re going and we will be able to accomplish our goals.
Which brings me to the purpose of this blog post. I don’t make resolutions. If I do, I make them multiple times throughout the year and I don’t call them resolutions. I call them “I need to’s”. Because that’s what we say, isn’t it? I need to eat healthier. I need to exercise more. I need to stop working by 9pm (it’s 10pm as I write this right now). I need to create more balance in my life. I need to stop saying YES to EVERYTHING. seriously.
But in honor of the New Year, I’m going to share a bit of my own personal goals (which are going to become Kyle’s too, since we’re married and that’s how it works, lol).
On New Year’s Eve, Kyle and I were watching HGTV. House Hunter’s International to be exact. A couple was looking for a place by the beach in Ecuador. It reminded me of a House Hunter’s International episode I saw a few years ago about a surfing couple who was looking for a home in Nicaragua. I’ve always wanted to learn how to surf, but I’ve never made it a priority, so I still don’t know how. I’m sure I could do it if I tried and practiced, but I’ve seriously never touched a surfboard. You can’t do something until you do it. How simple, yet complex, is that?
Anyway, Tuesday night, Kyle and I were in bed and we watch tv on the internet on our laptop. We decided to watch something on HGTV. I suggested International House Hunter’s again. And guess what! There was an episode about Nicaragua! It was another surfing couple who was buying a place near the beach in Nicaragua so they could retire now (and probably work later). They had the idea in their mind that it doesn’t make sense to retire when you are too old to enjoy it. Not that young people would know, but sometimes our bodies do start to fall apart over time. So if you want to surf your life away, you better do it when you’re young.
There is a reason why many people retire when they’re older though. The main one is simply that they can’t afford to do it any sooner.
Here’s the thing about Nicaragua, though. I personally could live there because I could do everything I like to do in life in Nicaragua. I like to play guitar, go to the beach, I want to learn to surf (still), I can do internet work with my online businesses. The dollar stretches 3 times farther there (than in the US) and it has the lowest crime rate in Central America. So retiring in Nicaragua would be a lot easier than retiring in America.
I’m not saying that my goal is necessarily to move to Nicaragua. My goal is to be ABLE to move to Nicaragua, and then do it if that’s what we want to do. But first, I’d like to just go there. That would be cool.
My main goal (and Kyle wants to do this too) is to be able to purchase another home by the end of 2012 so we can fix it up again. Then I’d like to document it here on this blog as we go along (instead of in hindsight). That way our blog would be more present and up-to-date, and it would be a lot easier to remember the little things that happened, rather than trying to remember what happened 3 years ago.
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