"They always say time changes things,
but you actually have to change them yourself"
Continuing with yesterday's theme -
While sorting papers yesterday, I came across my 5 year plan, written in 2006.
Some of the items I wanted to do, are still on my "TO DO" list. Things I should have finished, but did not.
My notes talked of taking a sabbatical, an extended leave of absence, taking a break from "income tax work" and figuring out what I want to be when I grow up.
The items left unfinished are:
-Clean out basement and office storage, sell anything that we don't need. (I'm working on it)
-Figure out when we will move and where we are going.
-Expand the photography/art business.
-Lose weight, be more active (I'm working on it).
-A list of home repairs/upgrades (several items have been done recently)
Things I did accomplish:
- Sell our Income Tax business (sold January 14, 2008)
- Research and buy a vehicle we can keep more than 100,000 miles with a good warranty. In April 2009, we purchased a new 2008 Hyundai Veracruz with a 10 year bumper to bumper warranty. (This vehicle will be sold next month, I thought I would keep it for a very long time........ but things change.)
- We only need one vehicle. Sell the pickup truck (actually I gave it to my daughter) and cancel the lease on the Envoy. (I will only have one vehicle - the Coach)
I wanted to simplify my life, get rid of stuff, work smarter, own only one car and travel more.
The following is an interesting note I wrote at the bottom of my 5 year plan, in 2006, before the world started to crumble.
"I have a strong feeling that the economy, government, taxes, banking, etc. are in for a big change. If I don't sell the business soon, it may not be salable in the future. I really feel that we need to start making some big changes."
The mortgage scandal and economic downturn really messed with my financial projections, house values are very low. I am not going to let that stop me from moving forward. I don't know when the financial world will rebound and I am not going to sit around and wait. I'm going to move forward with my plans and adjust my life and find ways to grow my retirement funds, work at seasonal part-time jobs and see what happens.
No Regrets..... Keep Moving Forward........