Life updates - Property Investments, vacations, and more

What an awesome summer!!!

I have so much going on this summer and yet a fair bit of quiet time.  Working at Appointlet has been amazing - loving it!  The work, the people, the environment (and by the latter I mean working from home).  I knew, when I left New Relic, how unhappy I was with that gig - but it wasn't until I was working at Appointlet that I realized how bad it had become.  Basking, I am.

I have been working my ass off on getting into some property investment.  I have been going back and forth (via my agent) with a bank on a foreclosure over in Connecticut.  Yea, I am starting out with a long distance investment.  If I can manage to get all the pieces in order.  This is an incredible pain in the ass that I suspect will be much easier after my first.   I even have my own LLC now!  And will have one for each property.... as I am advised and so I shall do.

... and I am working with what seems like an incredible team.  I have the most kick-ass accountant ever.  I have a really awesome real estate agent who has been endlessly patient.  My lawyer over in CT is fast and awesome.  My "feet on the ground" locally - K - a person that I have held dear for 3 decades now - has been so incredibly vital to this. I wouldn't be doing this if not for him :)  I have awesome support and back-up here at home with some great insights into things I definitely did not consider.  If this goes through I'll be working with a contractor to refurbish the house - it's a foreclosure, and while it looks better than many foreclosures I've seen - it needs help!  And I'll have a property management company as part o f my team if we make it through to closing.

Assuming the inspection doesn't show a structural issue (instant deal breaker, I'm not ready for that) or some other craziness. And the estimates are where I expect.

I've been having a lot of fun running the numbers (yea, I just said that.  It's here, in text, and now in the wayback machine.) and while I am terrified - I am diving in the deep, deep end and going against a lot of advice from seasoned pros (specifically: long distance as a beginner is whack, don't do it).  I am also happily checking out the community over at Bigger Pockets for resources, information, ideas, warnings, etc.  And, of course, /r/realestate.

And I don't know if this deal will go through.  Mad respect for people who thrive off of the insanity around building and closing these deals - it is not my cup of tea. However, the numbers I've run show me that this is likely worth it especially for cash flow.  I have wanted to get into this since I was at Smith - it's time. :)

Meanwhile, I am eagerly planning for a trip out to the East Coast in June!  K and I are heading to Camp Grounded NY.  I've even ordered totally non-powered flow props for the trip. Two more sets of poi - oh no!  FUN!!!  Dad was out here recently and I'll see him again when I'm in NY - and if the stars align I'll either have a key to my new property or will be meeting with inspectors and contractors while there. 

In August comes Beloved Festival  and then in September is Imagine!!  There are some festivals in between that I'm eyeing - one in July.  A festival a month, is that overdoing it?!!?!

Locally, M and I have been to see some improv and comedy and hang out in the city.  The dogs are loving being inside and this is the summer to bring them into the a/c for sure.  I mean spring.  M has continued work on the house and we move ever forward.  This weekend the attic should be done done done.  Flooring for my upstairs office is ordered.  I think I am still on track to have my float tent by the end of the summer.....  Home life has been stupendous.

I have been fantasizing about some new body art for awhile and may take steps on that this summer as well. 

Life has been going amazingly.  Hectic, busy, definitely sometimes way stressful - but awesome.

... a few months back I had an experience that led me to see that I needed to enact major change in my life.  I was scared - I still am.  And I've acted and put in change.  So. Much. Change.

And life is so much better now. :)

Play on!

The wonderful flexibility of working from home

One of my long-term goals is to be stretchier with more core strength. 

So, now that I work from home I have a bit more flexibility with where and how I work.  Last week I rotated between standing up, standing on a bosu ball, and sitting down to work.

Today I am adding into the mix two things: sitting in a floor in one of many stretch positions for multiple minutes at a time and sitting on a stability ball.

The stability ball wanted to roll out from under me on those nice wooden floors.  That... was almost highly entertaining. :) Thankfully I did not end up landing on the floor but the gymnastics it took to get up would have been great sitcom material.

One of the things I've read is that you can gain flexibility by sitting in stretch for a long enough time that you relax into them and teach your muscles that it's safe to do so.  I got that idea from reading the first part of Relax Into Stretch.  Now that I work from home there's no reason to not sit upon the floor in a basic stretch allowing my body to relax into it while my brain is busy with other things.

Doing so is also a great core workout as I have to activate my core to stay upright and in the stretch position.

The stability ball is more for my core.

Ultimately, while I am working on a regular exercise routine, I am also trying to integrate different approaches to how I move/not move around the house.  It is something of multi-tasking exercise and work.  Set myself into a position I want to be comfortable and allow my body to relax into it while I work.  Switch it up every 5-10 minutes and stay symmetrical.  Make sure to stand, move, etc.

We'll see how this works.  It feels like a "lazy" way to incorporate some of the needful into my day while I am doing other things.

It's an experiment. :)

Recent Imagery

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Camp Grounded said no to my pod poi. So I bought new toys. My first sock and cost contact poi. And a glittery contact juggling ball. And tailed poi. And all very very colorful. 😇🙀

Going back to my fivefingers. Still the most comfy shoes I've ever worn. Dansko being my other faves. 👻😜😺

Now they get to kick it with us and we get the couch back. They'll still be allowed on the couch by invitation. Whee!

I am torturing my post op dog. He won't put it away! Lol.

The tongue shall stay out.

Milton is at the vet so Elka has the run of the house. She was sleeping in my office while I worked. Noticed she wasn't there so went to check. She stole my seat in the couch!! Grrrrr. I love this dog. :)

My work outfit for today. Started at 6:45am. I love today. ❤️❤️

I can see!!!! My glasses are here!! Yay!!!!

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