I’m going to get a little personal today. I hope that’s alright with all of you.
We had a party on Saturday night to celebrate Mrs. Dollar’s “corporate retirement”. We’ve been preparing for this party for weeks and it was probably the biggest get together we’ve ever had. About 30 people came and the house was packed with friends and family, the buzz of conversation. We did a champagne toast and there was food, beer, good people, and good times.
To me, this is something that I really enjoy. If I’m going to spend money or time on anything, I like to spend it on gathering with the ones I love and making memories. Experiences always trumps Stuff, in my opinion. Stuff wears out but memories can last you a lifetime.
Since she left her job a few weeks ago, the Mrs has been using some of her new-found time to work on the house and plan the party. In many ways, this event actually marks the beginning of our new life as a one-job, but not one-income, family. It’s almost like, now that we’ve celebrated the occasion, it’s become all the more real.
And she’s got a some busy weeks ahead of her now that the party is over! We’ve got not one, but two different partners who want to buy houses with us. Plus, it’s been almost a year since our last acquisition. We shifted our priorities to prepare for her taking the plunge and now we’ve ready to get back in the market. I want to buy at least two houses this year with our own money, so combined with the partner deals, that’s 4 houses she will be looking for in the coming months. She’s up for the challenge, though, and this is definitely doable now that we have someone who can focus on our business during business hours. Maybe we can even squeeze in a 5th before the year is over, who knows!
It’s easy to get caught up in life. We get into a routine and it’s hard to stop and appreciate what’s important to us. When we hit a turning point like we have now, I think it’s important to celebrate and reflect. I can think of no better way to celebrate then a get-together with all the people who have provided us with so much love and support throughout the years!