28 May, 2014

We Are Boring People…

Apart from our early retirement plans, and our scuba diving/travel adventures, J and I are truly boring people. We have little to no social lives, we don’t go to many movies, we don’t go to many organized events and we don’t participate in organized sports and we are basically okay with that. I like my quiet time. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a very social person when the opportunity arises, but I don’t need to participate in social activities on a regular basis.

This train of thought came about when I was speaking with The Boy this past weekend. He asked what we’d been up to since he’s been off at school. My response was “nothing at all”. To that, his response was “What’s wrong with you guys? You used to be fun.”

He’s right. We weren’t always this boring, but have somehow evolved over the years. I realize age might have something to do with it, but mostly it started around the same time our 5 Year Plan came into focus. Preparation for early retirement costs money and money doesn’t grow on trees, so sacrifices needed to be made and mindless fun and frivolity and careless spending was one of the first things to go.

Do I miss it? Occasionally, but then I refocus on “the plan”. I’ll be having more fun than I can possibly handle once my feet are planted firmly in the sand, sitting under a palm tree, ocean breezes blowing through my hair, cold beverage in hand. Short term pain for long term gain…or something like that.

21 May, 2014

Constructing a Post-Retirement Future…

The early retirement plan is chugging along.  I wish I could say it was ahead of schedule, but such is not the case.   If anything, it’s lagging behind slightly.

We have made a conscience decision that J would not go back to work.  He would instead spend his time working on the projects around the house, maintaining the yard and really just getting us in a better position to get the maximum return on the house when it’s time to sell.   

Well, who knew we had so much unfinished business around our place.  He’s been off work a year now and the to-do list is still a mile long.  Believe me, it’s not for lack of working on things.  In fact it’s far from it - we finish one project and two more come to mind.  There are things we could probably leave and let the next home owner deal with – like new closet organizers, but since we don’t want to leave a dollar on the table, we are working to make things perfect.  Although we realize - perfection, like beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

In addition to all our house projects, we continue to try build and grow our existing businesses.  We have begun to think “sustainability”.  What type of business could sustain us when we move?  We don’t expect to make enough to completely support ourselves, although that would be nice.  We hope to earn some extra money to assist in the long-term “sustainability” of our island lifestyle – even if it’s just enough to buy beer.  Our needs are simple…

If we move to Bonaire, I intend to continue my jewelry business, as the island is a prime location for cruise ship traffic.  J’s custom cards and photography will also do well.   We also plan to have a rental casita to help with the income earning potential.  We are working on a few more ideas, but we’ll see how things progress first before we announce them.   

There are so many variables, that our plans can’t be 100% finalized until we know for sure where we will end up, but rest-assured, I have back-up plans A-Z all ready to deploy when the time comes.  Until then, better get back to work…

14 May, 2014

Random Thoughts – The Weary Edition…

I don’t know what has gotten into me today, but I am exhausted – mentally and physically. The simple thought of walking to my car tonight after work is exhausting me. I’m thinking it’s the weather as it’s been grey, dreary and raining for a few days now.

Yesterday was our first warm day / night of the year. It is so nice to have the windows open at night and listen to the sounds of the frogs croaking and rain coming down. It’s not so nice once stupid dogs start to incessantly bark somewhere in the distance. If I could only figure out where…

The pace at work continues at a rapid speed. I guess it’s a good thing because my days flash by like lightning. It would be nice to actually know what day of the week it is though.

My sister-in-law is coming home for a visit from Ireland this week. J and I will head to Toronto to pick her up from the airport on Saturday. It will be nice to see her, but alas – I’ll have to forgo my nap that day. *sigh*

On the upside, it’s a long weekend in Canada. It’s Victoria Day – in honor of Queen Victoria’s Birthday. Doesn’t really matter what the day is meant to be for – to Canadians this weekend typically is the official “kick-off” to summer. Campgrounds will be busy, BBQs will be fired up and beverages will be cold and flowing freely. God Bless the Queen! Now, if we can just get a little more of that summer weather.

Happy Wednesday, which I thought was a Thursday!

06 May, 2014

Vote For My Friends...Please!

My friends have entered a contest to win an all expense paid vacation for one month to Panama. The contest is sponsored by International Living. These are the same friends that have an early retirement plan in mind for next year. So by voting, you'd be helping them out to get a head start.

They are currently in second place in the voting, so it would be much appreciated (by me and them) if you could go to this link and vote for them. If you have more than one computer in your house - vote on each one of them, smart phone - vote with that too, at work - even better.


Let's help them live the dream....