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This is actually not the post that I had intended to write and publish today. I was actually writing a post on how to save money on gas. However, halfway through it, I realized that I am constantly scrambling to meet my self-imposed posting schedule (2 times a week – on Sundays and Wednesdays) and have little time to do anything else.
When I did my Q2 progress review two weeks ago, I was pretty content with my progress so far and was confident that I would meet all of my goals by the end of the year. Now I am not too sure I will.
Between my job, my family, my health, and my side hustles, I am starting to struggle quite a bit. It is getting to a point where I feel like I am going a hundred miles per hour but getting nowhere fast. And because of this, I spent the past week reassessing my priorities and coming up with a better plan.
My Top Priorities
After my son was born last year, I started getting this uncomfortable feeling on the left side of my chest at random times. I would just get a sense of dread and feeling of discomfort completely out of the blue. As quickly as this feeling came, it also went away very quickly.
At first I wasn’t too worried about it and thought it was probably due to the lack of sleep. However, several months later, the feeling came as it always did – only this time, it did not go away. Thinking I was having a heart attack, my wife called 911 and the ambulance came and took me to the hospital. Crazy enough, the feeling of discomfort went away as soon as the ambulance pulled into the hospital. As a precaution, the doctors ran a series of tests and scans on me anyway and everything came back normal. So, the good news was my heart was completely fine but the bad news was they did not know what was causing the feeling.
And so I figured the feelings must be from the lack of sleep and stress from being a new parent.
Unfortunately, on Christmas Eve last year, just as we were looking to celebrate my son’s first Christmas, the feeling of discomfort came strong, fast, and heavy. I again thought I was having a heart attack. I again went to the hospital. The doctors again ran a series of tests and scans on me. And again they found nothing wrong with me.
After that hospital visit, I followed up with a cardiologist, endocrinologist, and gastroenterologist and they all found nothing wrong with me after running their tests.
I would normally put my family as my top priority. However, these health scares are precisely why one of my goals this year is to get down to a healthy weight. Without my health, I cannot be the father and husband that I want to be.
I love being a husband and a father. While I understand I will need to make sacrifices in order to be successful, I also don’t want to be an absentee husband and father.
The problem is I have been so focused on my 2017 goals that I have not been able to spend as much time with my wife and son as I would like.
3. Financial Freedom
I grew up poor. I witnessed the hardships my parents went through. It was not easy for them to put food on the table and a roof over our heads.
I am working hard for financial independence, so I do not have to worry about money. I am hoping to get to a place where my son and future kids won’t have to worry about money like I did growing up.
My Plans for the Rest of 2017
1. Live a Healthy Lifestyle
I am not sure what is going with my health.
I am glad the doctors did not find anything wrong with me and that all of my blood tests and scans came back clean. However, there is clearly something wrong and my body is trying to tell me about it.
Since I don’t know for sure what’s wrong, all I can do is live a healthier lifestyle. Something that does seem to be helping is exercise. Ever since I started the gym, I stopped getting the uncomfortable feeling in my chest and have started to feel significantly better.
The problem with trying to be healthy is the amount of time it takes. It takes time to go grocery shopping and to cook healthier meals. It takes time to prep and pack my salad for lunch. I now spend about an hour at the gym at least 4 times a week. I try to get at least 7 hours of sleep per night (whereas I was only averaging 5 to 6 hours before).
All of this takes away time I would have used to focus on my side hustles and my family.
2. Grow Penny Wise Dollar Wiser Smarter
When I launched Penny Wise Dollar Wiser earlier this year, I knew blogging is full of potential, opportunities, and possibilities. I also knew that it would take some time before I would be able to see those potential, opportunities, and possibilities.
Unfortunately, I have been so focused on posting twice a week that it prevented me from working on the other aspects of blogging such as creating great content. Not saying that none of my content is great, but perhaps some of them could have been a little better. Working so hard to keep my posting schedule also does not give me much time to work my other side hustles.
So rather than trying to post twice a week, I plan to significantly scale it down to just twice a month for the next few months. This would give me back some time to work on reorganizing and redesigning the blog. Specifically, I plan to change the WordPress theme, redesign the look and feel, work on getting better images and content, learn more about SEO and social media to gain more readers, and figure out ways to monetize the blog.
3. Investment Properties
Towards the end of last year, I set a goal to pick up two investment properties this year. Unfortunately, due to limited time, I have not been able to focus on real estate investing as much as I need to and it is already mid-July.
With the time I should be getting back from posting less often, I plan to get back on track and hopefully still be able to meet my goal of picking up two investment properties this year.
For those of you who have been checking in and reading my posts regularly, thank you very much.
At some point, I plan to post more frequently again. I just need some time to make this site better and get myself back on track.