(Did I tell you I was gonna be at the beach this week? If not, Hello from the beach! :))
As I sit here in my skivvies this morning staring at you guys while I type this (can you see me through the screen?), I’m reminded how important it is for us to take vacations every now and then so we don’t burn out. And I feel like it’s always one of those things that most of us “know” we have to do deep down, yet it rarely sinks in until we’re forced to make it happen. Either by our employers, or by our family members ;)
So while I am technically working right now by sending this darling note your way, rest assured I’m most surely resting. I just happen to need an hour or two every morning to check up on my peoples and make sure nothing’s exploding or I’m missing out on a million dollar opportunity ;) You know, cuz that happens all the time. It’s something I like to call “hustler’s peace of mind” – just give us a little time to check-in, and then we can enjoy the rest of the day stress & worry free! Haha…
But anyways, what was I talking about? Oh yes. The beach. It’s that time a year again where my generous parents rent out a beach house to their lovely children and we all spend a week reminiscing about the good ol’ days and devilishly start crafting the future. Like how we’ll have these amazing jobs and lifestyles “by this time next year,” and guessing how many children or girlfriends we’ll gain as well. The former being for my sister and I who are long settled down, and the latter my brother who is no stranger to meeting beautiful single women :) And who knows, maybe he has some kids we don’t know about yet too?
The point is though, we love dreaming and planning out loud what our worlds can possibly be like down the road. Something we all do on a regular basis probably, except here we say it out loud and then hold each other accountable. Or at least give each other $hit over some beers when we grossly underestimated the challenges we were taking on (“You couldn’t triple your salary this year? What is wrong with you??” ;))
Here’s a look into the past goals I’ve set for myself over the years:
- 2010: Hoped to be living the good life and blogging full-time. (Success!)
- 2011: Wanted to grow my blogging biz even more and start SAVING MONEY instead of breaking even all the time. (Success! But man did I work my tooshie off…)
- 2012: We over-extended and had 3 goals last year: #1) Get the Mrs. pregnant again. Fail. Though to our credit we just started trying again last week :) We’re going for a 2nd one, baby!! Woohoo! #2) To only be working on Budgets Are Sexy and ONE other project. Fail. I ended up starting more and not getting rid of all the others, haha… And lastly, #3) Move to a new area. SUCCESS!!!! Yes – 1 out of 3, I’ll take it! :)
So needless to say I never stop pushing myself. And neither should you, for that matter. What’s a life without some good dreams? I think that’s been the weirdest part for me over the past month or so as you’ve probably noticed on this site – not knowing what I’m working towards next. I’ve been using this time away here to really think hard on it and ask myself *what* I really want to get out of this next year of work/life balance, but I have yet to put my finger on it.
So for 2013/2014 my goal will be simple: Find your next dream and cut out the crap. A simple one, but not an easy one. As long as we can put a finger on what our end goal is though, it should get better to identify and start eliminating those obstacles that need clearing out of the way. And 12 months should be more than enough time to lock and load – life emergencies not withstanding.
I think I know what will help with this too: metal detecting ;) Nothing like searching for treasure while mulling life over in the sand! Haha… As soon as these lazy bones wake up, I’ma get out there and try and beat my $1.14 record from two years ago too ;) I swear a Spanish gold coin or vintage Rolex is just waiting to jump out and into my pockets! If only I can find where those damn ship wrecks are…
What are your goals for the rest of the year?
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Jay loves talking about money, collecting coins, blasting hip-hop, and hanging out with his three beautiful boys. You can check out all of his online projects at jmoney.biz. Thanks for reading the blog!