Past present and future

I wanted to write a post about my future goals because I’ve heard that writing down your goals increases you chance of accomplishing them. However, it doesn’t feel right to think about where I’m going without first reflecting on where I’ve been and where I’m at now.

I’m currently sitting in my living room bonding with my newborn son and helping my fiancé as she recovers from giving birth. I’ve been off work for a week now and it has been a huge shift in pace from working 60-70 hours a week at two different jobs. Before I started my paternity leave I was working 40 hours a week at my regular job plus 20-30 hours as a server at a restaurant. My plan is to hang out for another week or so before going back to work. But I won’t be going back to my regular job this time. Instead, I will be working from home as an independent contractor doing advertisement sales for a city magazine. It’s going to be a big shift going from a highly structured corporate job to working on my own. If I’m being totally honest, it was not an easy decision to make this change but it’s been a long time coming.

This past year was fundamentally different in a lot of ways for me. While the transition from student to full-time worker was pretty smooth it presented a lot of firsts in my life. As a student I always knew what lied ahead of me in the coming months and even years but that all changed when I graduated. Even though I had a full-time job lined up and I had a good idea what my future would look like with that company I knew somewhere inside of me that I wouldn’t stay on that path for long. So far I’ve stuck with it for a little over a year but as I mentioned above, I’m on my way out.

My goal is to work my ass off for the next year so that I can build up enough residual income to cover my monthly expenses. At that point I will be able to chose when and where I want to work. This will then allow me to focus the two most important things in my life: family and future. When it comes to family, I want to be more present in Emma and Elijah’s day to day lives. As for the future: my long term goal is to be a real estate investor. I want to start by partnering with other investors to flip houses and purchase rental properties and go from there. While these goals are pretty broad and general I do have a detailed plan for it all but it’s a little to long to share in this post. If there is any interest I’ll create another post on the in-depth action plan.

If you made it to the end of this post, thank you for taking the time to read it all. I don’t have much of a plan for this blog, I just know I want to work on documenting more of my life so that I can look back on it all one day. Whether we know each other or not I would love to hear about your past present and future. I encourage you to share your own story with me in the comments and see how it makes you feel. It can be liberating to get these kinds of thoughts out and you never know where it might lead you 😉.

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