Archive for June, 2008
When my family and I decided to get away over Christmas vacation one year, I certainly did not think that I would ever have surgery in Mexico. That is exactly what happened though. It sounds very scary, but fortunately, for me, it was minor and I came out of it just fine.
I had to stay in bed for a few days, but my family was gracious enough to extend the trip so that I would not miss any of the things that we had been planning to do while we were there. After the few days in bed, I was feeling as good as new and was very antsy to get out of that hotel room and see what Mexico ad to offer.
I was also very grateful for the extra health insurance that we had purchased for the trip. It certainly came in handy that time and I am glad to say that the extra health insurance has been a waste of money on every trip since then.
I have recently joined the world of online bargain shopping. I have always been a little bit scared to give out my credit card number to an online store, so I have just never purchased anything online before.
I have been looking at buying my son a new TV for his birthday and I was just not finding what he wanted for a price that I could afford. A coworker told me that I should look online, and reluctantly, that is what I did.
I decided to do a search on cheap LCD TVs and I was amazed at the prices they were selling them for. It was finally something that I could afford.
I took the plunge and gave them my credit card number, feeling in my heart that they were scamming me and I would never see the TV.
Much to my surprise, the TV arrived in great time and my son is so happy with it. I am in trouble now, though, because there is so much shopping to be done online.
Last summer, during a severe wind storm, the big spruce tree in my front yard became uprooted and came smashing in through my living room window. Luckily, no one was home at the time, so nobody got hurt, but it was a scary sight to come home to.
We picked up the glass and covered the window as best we could for the night. The next morning, I called to have someone come out to give us an estimate on what it would cost to replace the broken window.
In the end, we decided to replace the whole thing with a box sash window and I love the way it looks. I figure that if the tree had not broken the window, it would be years before we would have ever replaced it, so in a way, I am thankful for the wind storm that night.
I have had a tough time the past couple of months with feeling very lethargic. I found that I could sleep for almost the entire day, and still feel like I needed more rest. It has not only affected my job, but my family life as well. I was at the point where I was going to lose everything if something didn’t change.
It was at that point where I received a phone call that seemed specifically geared towards me. Strangely, it was from a company that specialized in detoxification of the body, and I had all the symptoms. I don’t know if it was a coincidence, or something else, but it was the right call at the right time.
I ordered some of the Zeolite that they were selling and patiently awaited for it to arrive. I was sure to start on it right away, as I needed to get back to the way I used to be. Thankfully, just four weeks later, I was no longer tired all the time and I felt like a new man. I look back to that phone call and I am so happy I didn’t hang up – or I wouldn’t be where I am today.
My son will be traveling overseas in a few short weeks for his summer holiday. He has worked for the past couple of years now and put every penny away so that he would have this opportunity. It has been great to watch him learn how to save for something that he truly wants, and now we will get to see him finally attain his goal.
But the one thing that we want while he is over there is for him to have a way to contact us. We had thought that he could just call us on his cell phone, but once we learned how much he would have to pay for the long distance and the roaming minutes, it was out of the question.
So, we decided to see if we could find him some cheap calling cards to take with him. Specifically, we were looking for international calling cards that would still be cheap enough that he could call us everyday and let us know how things were going.
We found some online and they will be here before he goes on his trip. It will be sad to see him go, but we are so happy for him – we’ll just miss him a lot while he is gone.
I have to admit, I get excited like a little kid when it comes to receiving mail. I don’t get much mind you, and bills just don’t count, but once in awhile, there is something great in my mailbox.
That is exactly what happened today when I went to check the mail. After digging through the bills, I found an invitation to a BetterTrades seminar that was going to occur in a little more than a month. I had been to one before, and I had learned some very important investing advice there.
I guess I will have to register early and book the time off of work so that I can attend the seminar as it will be held a short distance from where I live. I hope that my wife will be able to attend it with me as our financial future is in our hands, not just mine. But I just can’t wait until it is on – I always like to learn new ways to make money!
Sometimes, I feel that being an entrepreneur is more of a condition than a state – I see opportunities in everything. This continual drive towards looking for opportunities means that my brain never shuts off – it is always looking for a new business for me.
For example, today while reading a blog post on how to start a blog, my eyes wandered off to the sidebar of the site. I found that there were ads for many different affiliate products, and that is when it hit me – I could make a site about affiliate products.
So, it was at that point, I decided to create an affiliate marketing review blog. Though I had not tried many of the available products, I started out with the goal of doing at least two per week.
Now, I just have to do some marketing, and then watch the money roll in – well, that is how it should work in theory, right?
Had I known how much responsibility there was in being a landlord, I don’t know if I would have ever done it. At the time though, a deal came across our plate that we just couldn’t pass up, and before I knew it, I owned some rental property.
Now, it wasn’t a big property by any means, but it was a little duplex. But the house was older, and it was a good deal (in terms of the numbers), so we jumped into it with two feet. There were existing tenants that were no problem, but there were things that we hadn’t expected.
You see, being an older house presented some problems. Though some maintenance had been done, there were things that came up on a regular basis – it seemed like we were in there almost once a week fixing something – talk about frustration.
Anyway, it has been a trying road learning to be a landlord. Though it has been a lot of work, I think it will still be worth it in the end.
I have heard a lot of my business peers talk about outsourcing and its benefits. It took me a long time to realize that I was not going to be able to do everything, and that outsourcing was going to have to be part of my business plan if I hoped to accomplish anything.
What I did a little different shocked my colleagues a little, as most of them outsourced the work that they needed in our little town. But for my project, there was no one that did what I needed in town, so I decided to look elsewhere to see what I could find.
As it turns out, there was no one in the country that could do the level of work that I was looking for, so I searched for logo design online to see if I could find a company up to the challenge. As it turns out, I have a firm from the UK doing all the work for me now, and they consistently deliver the best work I have ever seen.
Though they are out of the company, they deliver exactly what I need, so I don’t see why outsourcing the work out of country is not more widely used – sometime you just have to look all over the world for the best.
I have such a busy summer ahead of me, that I am already feeling quite overwhelmed. We are moving to a new city at the end of the month and I have so much packing and organizing to do. We have been living in our current house for several years and I am amazed at the mass of things we have accumulated in that time.
I am hoping to be completely unpacked and organized by the time school starts for my son. I know that it will be a big adjustment for him, having to be the new kid. I am just happy that he is outgoing and I know that he will not have a problem making new friends.
Once we get that underway, we have to travel back home to attend the wedding of my husband’s brother. I am sure that it will be good to see everyone again at this point, and I am sure that everything will come together in the end, but for now, I am just going to have my pity party while I pack.