This email from my realtor just reminds me of a few things such as when I arrived back in town from Army Boot Camp for Officers. Also how I was fed up with paying high rent for a matchbox with no closet space in Silver Spring.

I had exactly 4-5 months to find a house, pay off my credit cards, close, purchase furniture for every room, and move out of my apartment before my rent increased. I was told you are rushing and will not be able to do all of that. You don’t have time to look for a house with your schedule. You need a new construction to find everything on your wish list.

My first mistake was sharing my goals and dreams with a few people. Reminds me of why I love to work silently and systematically towards my goals without input from people. Especially someone who do not believe in anything but short term goals (not wanting to miss anything on the social scene, but always complain about not having money saved in the bank and living paycheck to paycheck ).

I’m a firm believer we make time for what we want in life. Listen, I was quick to tell my friends & family I can’t go out of town because I’m buying a house. No, I don’t have money for that, but I would go shopping almost every day for my home that I didn’t have yet. I missed a lot of great parties, happy hours, and trips. It wasn’t that I could not afford it, but it was my choice to decline. When you set goals, it’s important to sacrifice short-term goals for long-term goals.

Every day I take the time to sit down and write down my long-term goals. There are a lot of days I think to myself “I wish I didn’t have to work so much” “I wish that I could come home and not have anything to do” but I’m willing to sacrifice short-term goals, so I can be successful long term.

Some free advice: Unless you are where you want to be financially, mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually, and in your personal relationships right now is the time to work on your overall wellness. Do not let anyone discourage or distract you from your long-term goals. Remember as you mature things change, and your priorities begin to shift towards the long term. Notice I did not say anything about getting older or a certain age because some people never mature regardless of their age.

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