It is pretty unbelievable that this is my 9th public blog acknowledgement of another year being alive on this spinning rock! Going through some of those old posts it really is amazing how much my life has changed. It isn’t shocking that my life has changed in the course of 9 years, it is that I have the posts to look back at and try to reflect on my mindset when they were written.
- My 27th Birthday Post
- My 28th Birthday Post
- My 29th Birthday Post
- My 30th Birthday Post
- My 31st Birthday Post
- My 32nd Birthday Post
- My 33rd Birthday Post
- My 34th Birthday Post
- My 35th Birthday Post
It really is one of my favorite things about keeping this blog up, even if I have been less and less engaged.
Reviewing my 35th Birthday Post Notes
I take a much deeper look at goals and objectives at year end rather than my birthday. Notwithstanding, I have had a tradition of taking a look at broad picture items. I “wrote to myself” last year,
Professionally, life is good. I have been at the same job for 9 years. 9 YEARS! The boss-men are still awesome and try to provide me with security and flexibility. The next 9 years won’t be as smooth as the first 9 years if I had to guess, but that’s to be expected given the nature of the office I work at (and haven’t discussed too much in detail here). In addition, my office may be very different in a year from now given some of the proposals President-Elect Trump (so weird to say it, and probably will be weirder to read it in a year) has already stated with regard to income and estate taxes. That security is the reason I am driven to save, invest and grow other streams of income. Speaking of, my law practice while small has been picking up steam which is fantastic. The income I can turn on if I ever had to provides me with some type of security blanket, although at the same time, it angers me that I don’t push it more…but only so many hours in a day, right?
Well I was right – it is much odder a year later to say President Trump! I still can say I don’t push the practice enough. It does well, and I absolutely love having the practice, but I don’t market it enough. That is a fail on my part.
If I am being honest with myself, I am not at the net worth or income I thought I would by this point in my life. I am not angry about it, given there is a natural governor on it (see children and family time above). I hope 36 year old Evan gets to read this post with great news how about there was a hockey stick type growth…but given that so much of my net worth is tied into the market and the market is in it’s 8th year of a bull run that is likely not going to be the case.
Funny that I wrote this because there was a hockey stick growth – 25% year over year (November 2016 to November 2017 net worth). Not bad! Still, no where I thought I’d be in my life today but I’ll absolutely take it.
With a renewed focus, I would hope that 36 year old Evan reads this post and can think (to himself) that the intensity was kept up while keeping in focus what is important. Anything less and I’ll be disappointed.
Fantastic! Being called out by yourself is wonderful. I would say that this past year has been one of the best I have had with the comprehensive and vague goal of the betterment of my family by keeping up the intensity in a few different aspects of my life. Again, I’ll keep the review to a minimum since I save that for year end, but one thing that has changed has been my habit to write, maintain and hold myself accountable to weekly goals with a small little black book. I tired a few different ‘smart’ options, but the book just works for me. I write done things I want to get done that week. Sometimes I kill it and sometimes I suck, but the following Monday I write down the things I failed at and they get carried over. So yes, 36 year old Evan can safely say he kept up the intensity with regards to the ‘money’ part of my world as well as the much more important stuff.
Thoughts for 37 year old Evan
Last year, I said if my intensity didn’t change I would be disappointed in myself. If I had to give myself a vague ‘mission’ it would be that I’d be disappointed if I sat here and wrote a similar post and hadn’t built something new by next year. I have a few ideas of what that might be, but I don’t want to be writing my next year’s post with the same exact asset make up as I have today.
If I were to identify a few ideas:
- The Wife’s Business – we have some massive changes coming up in the next 90 days or so, if we took that business to the next level I’d be very happy
- Rental Property – The likelihood of this asset class coming to fruition seems to come and go almost on a weekly basis and it is frustrating as all hell. I doubt that I’ll own property anytime soon but that would fit here.
- Another online business – I don’t have any ideas currently, but something not in line with what I am currently doing would be great
- Taking an investment account of mine to another level – even if my assets were the same if I knew that I took my options trading to another level I’d be very excited.
Until next year when we see if 37 year old Evan is disappointed!