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March 2021 – Detailed Financial Report #75 – Net Worth $2,658,092

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I’m late getting this regular monthly update out because my family’s world has been consumed by the pain of a devastating loss. In February of this year, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer. We are in shock now that only two months after the diagnosis she lost this battle in early April. Death is very much a part of life. We can know that, but it is a loss like this that brings that truth home beyond a shadow of a doubt: time is rare and precious. It is our own mortality that makes the hours and days we do have so precious – time truly is our most scarce resource. When you lose a loved one …

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February 2021 – Detailed Financial Report #74 – Net Worth $2,637,353

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A reader (JayCeezy) left a comment last month and recommended I check out the Rahe Stress Test. After getting through the emotional rollercoaster that February was, I decided to do that before sitting down to write this month’s post. The test presents an inventory of 43 major life events with an associated point value for each item on the list. To take the assessment you go through and mark each item that has happened to you in the last twelve months and then add up all the points for the applicable events. You then take that score and compare it to three major buckets: I’d be lying if I said that the last year (really two years) haven’t been the most …

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January 2021 – Detailed Financial Report #73 – Net Worth $2,614,367

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Bam! That is the best word I can use to describe January. It started with a Boom! had a few a Bangs! and ended with a Bam! What does that even mean? It means there were a lot of good things that happened while under incredible overwhelm during certain points in the month. Many of you know that I took a nice long break in November, but what many of you don’t know is the grueling schedule I started on December 1st and maintained for about eight weeks. I went from enjoying the beach and working only a few hours a day in November to working like a full-blown maniac. I was waking up between 3 am and 4 am …

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December 2020 – Detailed Financial Report #72 – Net Worth $2,379,441

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Happy New Year! Beginning this month, the GYFG post format has changed – specifically in how I write it. For the prior 71 monthly updates, I would sit down at the end of the month and write it in one fell swoop. But I’ve decided to write this post incrementally throughout the month, for four reasons: (1) It helps me break it down into more manageable writing sessions. (2) I want to start treating this monthly update more like a digital “newspaper” of my life (mostly financial, but not entirely). (3) This new format will allow me to capture and reflect on more throughout the month (faster feedback loop). (4) It will also allow me to share mini-posts (articles) within …

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November 2020 – Detailed Financial Report #71 – Net Worth $2,359,535

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As I type this my family and I are coming to the end of our stay at the beach. The last 30 days were filled with much-needed rest, relaxation, and recharging. We checked into the beach house on November 1st and completely unplugged from work until the morning of the 9th. We then proceeded to work a modified schedule from the 9th until Thanksgiving. And finally, we had the 26th through the 29th completely work-free. One thing I learned is that a week is about all I need/want in terms of being completely unplugged. Being productive is a big part of who I am and where I realize fulfillment. That said, the modified work schedule was very enjoyable and needed. …

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October 2020 – Detailed Financial Report #70 – Net Worth $2,312,319

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I have officially made it to vacation! I’m typing this with an unobstructed view of the pacific ocean beyond my screen. I was finally able to take my foot off the gas in early October, right before my birthday. We started to prepare for a “soft landing” on our final “descent” into vacation by going out to Lake Meade the second week in October. It was glorious! We turned off our phones for three days. This was the first time in 15 years of going out to the lake that I didn’t bring a stack of books out to the lake with me. I told my wife and her parents that I planned to just relax…like, really relax, in a …

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September 2020 – Detailed Financial Report #69 – Net Worth $2,208,859

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Summer officially ended September 22nd but you wouldn’t know that based on the weather. I read it somewhere that September was a record-setting hot month. I’m typing this on October 3rd and it is 100 degrees outside – ugh! I’m not really a fan of the hot weather and look forward to cooler days and nights ahead. I always tell people that the weather is perfect about seven months out of the year where I live but the other five are…well, less than perfect. I can’t wait to open up the house and let some fresh air inside instead of running the AC 24/7. The weather wasn’t the only thing that was hot in September. My business set another new …

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August 2020 – Detailed Financial Report #68 – Net Worth $2,127,140

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August was another crazy month and there doesn’t seem to be a slowdown coming in September in terms of the growth in my business – with the same true for Mrs. GYFG, who is in Real Estate. It has been challenging to manage the growth while also trying to be good (present) parents but we are trying our best. The Mrs. and I have done a decent job cutting it off on the weekends to be fully present with the little man. We are both looking forward to the beach house we rented for the month of November and we both plan to be completely unplugged for at least two weeks out of that month to get a much-needed break. …

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July 2020 – Detailed Financial Report #67 – Net Worth $2,071,369

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The mantra for the month of July was “Finish Strong!” Once we cross over the halfway point of each year, I get this uncontrollable urge to finish and close as many loose ends as possible. This ranges from open house projects, investments, food in the house, books, blog posts, etc. Below are some of the things I was able to get across the finish line in July: I invested an additional $100,000 into the Industrial Real Estate deal that I wrote about last month. This time it was into a separate LLC that was created to take advantage of the Opportunity Zone tax benefits. I have ~$415,000 in gains from liquidating my equity position in my former employer and this …

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June 2020 – Detailed Financial Report #66

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It’s hard for me to believe that everything is just going to go back to normal overnight. Or even that we’ve seen all the pain we are going to see during this pandemic. But I also acknowledge that I could be wrong – either in my timing or hypothesis of what is likely to happen next. There is no doubt many businesses have or will fail due to the blow of this pandemic (and the resulting restrictions to “business as usual”). On the other side of the coin, there are going to be other companies that thrive in the “new world.” My business (software consulting) is one of those businesses that is not only surviving but thriving in this environment …