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As we come upon the half way mark of 2017, I’m disappointed with progress so far. This year I had made my goals of paying off all debt except student loans, keto and weight loss, visiting Colorado, going to see the ocean and finishing a tiny house to live in as my priority. While I’ve made some progress, I’m still far from reaching any of them and it’s disappointing. The most progress on anything has been the tiny house and it was #1 but I’m not as far along as I want to be. I thought I’d be able to move in by mid-May but here we are in mid-June and I still don’t have it to where I can comfortably stay in it. I wasted away most of the days I had off a couple weeks back and didn’t get near as much done as I thought I could. I’ll admit, I can be lazy so I think it stems from #1. Being Lazy, #2. No clue what I’m doing so spend a decent chunk of my time in the house thinking of what I need to do next instead of focusing on the project I started. This can probably be said for all my goals I had originally set. It’s a lot easier to sit in front of my computer and look at all these great ideas for tiny houses, trying to live more self sufficiently, etc then it is to go outside and put it into practice to reach the goals. As sad as that sounds, I think that has a big part to do with why I haven’t made it as far as I wanted to be by now on things and why I make excuses for not just going to do things like Colorado and the ocean. I’ve got complacent in life, with my work, with my certification stuff for work, relationships and friendships, just everything.It’s easier to just watch it all than it is to put forth the effort and get things done.

I’m writing this on June 11th, not exactly sure when I’ll post it but I think maybe I need to rethink what goals I set out to do this year. Not give up on them, just actively work toward them and be more mindful of the effort I do put towards them or any effort that doesn’t bring me closer to reaching them. I’m not saying I plan on having no free or down time but more conscious of having free time and using free time as long as a decent amount of effort has gone to other things I’ve prioritized.

So starting today, it may have already been in place for a week or longer depending on when I post this, but today June 11th I want to make some effort every day towards the goals I have set. The financial goals I’ll do semi-monthly but everything else, every day :). Maybe I need to come up with a schedule and allot a period of time towards each activity. Lets see how this goes:

Week Days:
I work 8a-5p, usually try to be in bed around 9-10 and then spend time on my phone for another hour or more. I want to try this for a couple weeks:
5a-7a : Study time. Mainly for certifications, I still have two tests I need to knock out by September so a couple hours a day of studying and labs will help.
7a-8a : Get ready for work. I still have the habit of every day getting a shower, getting dressed so I don’t get lazy working from home so that’s what I’ll do with this hour.
8a-5p : Work. I get an hour lunch which previously I was using as a nap since I would go to sleep late (12a-1a), wake up early(330a-5) then try to get more sleep. But I may use it to do housework like laundry, dishes, make my bed, etc.
5p-7p : Go work on the tiny house.
7p-9p : Read. There’s tons of things I want to do and learn about like composting, rain water collection, gardening, etc. So I’d like to do some research during this time on those kinds of things. However, I’ve also read that not using electronics an hour or so before bed can help with sleep so I may do things the old fashioned way and buy a book here and there or go get a library card.

Weekend Days:
No clue yet. the last couple weekends I wouldn’t roll out of bad until 11a or later and I felt like I lost so much time. June 12th will be Day 1 of Keto…..for the 3rd or 4th time? So meal planning and prepping will definitely be one one of these days and then I’ll probably go do some work on the tiny house. I’d like to anything that needs done outside done early in the day so may still wake up early and make use of the cool part of the day.

 

On to this keto thing. I first read and started it in August 2016 and remember thinking, man a year from now I’ll be even sexier than I am now. Then I fell off of it, got back on it again for a bit and fell off and just have done it 3 or 4 times now. It’s been almost a year and while I’ve lost some, it’s nothing significant to make any big difference. I need to get back on it though so done my meal prep this week and got everything situated.

 

As for the financial aspect of the goals, that will be handled semi-monthly on paydays. I received a raise and went to salary a few weeks back so trying not to let lifestyle creep become a big thing but it’s been inching in and I’ve been justifying it. I won’t divulge my exact income and total expenses but my required bills(not including debt) total about $940 a month right now with debt payments around$450. My employer announced a match to our 401k so I’ve increased my pre-tax and ROTH contributions to 5% each. I have a minimum of $1600 taken out and put in my savings accounts then whatever is left over has been spent on things here and there like eating out, a soda or energy drink while I’m going somewhere, things I’ve deemed necessary for the tiny house build, just dumb stuff so it’s been adding up. Aside from the septic system and appliances, I believe I need to spend another $400-$500 on insulation and material to get the ceiling finished so that’ll be the last big expense before I can start living in it. Then after that my money I’m putting into savings now will be going towards paying off debt and should be able to be done with that by end of the year. So right now I’m not sure if I’ll also put some aside to do the Colorado and ocean thing or if I just want to get the debt out of the way and done with and postpone those. Ideally, I’d like to do one of them and I wanted to visit Colorado in the summer so we’ll see how that pans out. So to sum up financial goals:
Debt Free – I’m setting March 2018 to be completely debt free.
Real Estate – I’d like to own at least one rental property by 30. If I stick my budget, live at my current expenses each month, avoid taking on more debt and no big emergencies or job loss then I should be able to save a minimum of $30,000 a year. I may also look at changing my current investments to include REITs but I’d prefer to have my own property.

So that’s a goals update for 2017. As mentioned previously, I have such a long way to go but I’m hoping being more mindful of my time and having a schedule put together will help me realize how much time I’ve been wasting while getting more work done.

 

-Seth

 

 

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Well week 2 hasn’t been very exciting and not a lot happening. I did begin doing some clearing where I plan to put the house and I think Sunday (15th), we may start doing some bush hogging depending on the weather. I got a few weird looks from people driving by because not many people have ever seen a big bearded guy running a chainsaw with a pair of pink ear protectors, but dang I looked good.  I’m super sore, bending over and running a chainsaw is definitely not something I do very often. Hopefully, if we can get bush hogging out of the way, it’ll be easier to do a little cleanup, take out a few stumps and then order a truckload or two of gravel to put down so the blocks for the house don’t sink in too bad over time.

After a month long break, school started back and I was excited to go but already I’m feeling kind of bleh about it. I have an on-campus class this semester on Mondays and Wednesdays and work is letting me come in ~3 hours early which is great but I’m tired of getting up that early. Plus, the class is math so it’s not even a good class. I will say that things are starting to come back and it’s getting easier. I’ve always sucked at math and while I wouldn’t say it’s fun now, going through problems and the knowledge coming back, getting things right and a couple “Eureka!” moments have been alright. I’m also taking World Lit, American History, and Intro to Corrections which are coming along. I’m currently reading The Epic of Gilgamesh for World Lit which I’m actually enjoying. I used to love to read, anything and everything but over the years just kind of stopped. I had read technical and certification books, news articles here and there but nothing like an actual book or work like this in a loooong time. It’s kind of made me realize how much I enjoyed reading before so may add reading a little sub-goal for school.

Other than that, nothing much has happened in the last week. It’s been filled with work, school, homework, more work, sleep. I need to take a vacation and go camping or something. I did buy a new sleeping bag….so that’s pretty exciting. Now I just need to go use it.

Quote – “Gilgamesh, where are you hurrying to? You will never find that life for which you are looking. When the gods created man they allotted to him death, but life they retained in their own keeping. As for you, Gilgamesh, fill your belly with good things; day and night, night and day, dance and be merry, feast and rejoice. Let your clothes be fresh, bathe yourself in water, cherish the little child that holds your hand, and make your wife happy in your embrace; for this too is the lot of man.

While I’m not on a journey to find immortality, I know myself and I’m sure many others need to slow down and be reminded the good things we have in our lives and enjoy them and be more thankful.

Laura, I think you might be the avocado.

-Seth

 

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