I’m not an expert on real estate BUT it has been one of the main ways I have earned a substantial income. I was able to retire fully in 2001 strictly from the sale of one of the main properties I owned. Don’t be fooled, however. You can also lose money in real estate as I painfully found out the hard way in 2014.
So, it is with great humility that I am happy to announce that my Florida vacation condo has been sold. It was only on the market for 10 days. I got very near my asking price. I was able to sell ALL my furniture with it, for an additional, separate price. I am most grateful to God that I made a profit. I am praying that the transaction will be smooth and quick because realistically, I think Nick and I are finally done flipping real estate.
I did not like the way my life was going when we lived in Florida. Sure, it was fun and exciting in the beginning. Once all the dust settled, I would find myself sitting alone in the living room with the realization that I just was not happy. I think my real light bulb moment came when I had just returned from a photography meeting with the realization that my camera wasn’t good enough anymore. It was only 18 mega pixels and according to the speaker that month, I needed 24 mega pixels as a minimum if I were to continue to crop my photos. Just to buy the shell of a new camera that would give me what the speaker recommended would be $859.
I realized I got caught up into a world that would NEVER be good enough. I was on an endless treadmill of bigger, better, best. I could never be satisfied with the status quo. Somehow I got sucked into consumerism and that has been the antithesis of my whole entire human existence. There was nothing wrong with my camera. There was nothing wrong with my life! But if I stayed inside this new-found environment, my authentic self was going to be eroded beyond my own recognition. This was NOT where I wanted to be. Somewhere along the journey I lost my way. Does any of this make sense?
I love my frugal life. I enjoy being thankful to God for the precious gifts He has given me. I enjoy living my life close to the bone, appreciative of most everything around me. When that gratefulness started to disintegrate, I found myself unhappy and without joy. I always wanted to own a condo in Florida. It was a lifetime, childhood dream. I did it. I accomplished it. It’s one more thing to cross off my wish list when I one day find myself on my deathbed. No regrets.
One of the main things I learned this past year was to be more respectful of other people’s lives. People really are just doing their best to make their own lives sustainable. Who am I to criticize? I understand now why some people want to remain ‘small’. It’s a more enjoyable lifestyle.
So, Nick and I are back to square one. As these past 10 days and three nor’easter snowstorms have proved to us, we really can’t stay up north during the months of January, February and March! It’s just too darn cold. We have two more alternatives to check out: #1 is to head out west to Arizona. #2 is to vacation back in the Caribbean like we used to. We’re going to try #1 next year. I heard the desert is very spiritual. I’m looking forward to the experience. If that doesn’t work out, we’ll return to our old haunts on St. Croix.
Life is a journey.
Sometimes you win.
Sometimes you lose.
And sometimes you just break even.
Live well and prosper, my friend. Live well and prosper.