I haven’t seen it rain in San Francisco like it did last month in a long, long time. We got so much rain that SF is now officially out of its drought (hooray!) and I didn’t have spend any time watering the plants outside. We had a lot of high winds and at least four downpours of hail!
It’s so bizarre to watch and listen to a hailstorm. They come on so suddenly and with such noise it’s impossible to resist jumping up and running to look out the window. I saw peppercorn size hail pelt down onto the windowsills and the ground. The hail was large enough to be clearly visible on the ground and then it would just magically disappear a few minutes later as if nothing every happened.
These sudden onset hailstorms made me think of rainbows and opportunities. They can appear so unexpectedly and briefly that if you don’t get up to see/seize them right in the moment, poof you’ll lose your chance. Carpe diem folks!
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One of the best ways to achieve goals is to keep them at the forefront of our minds and regularly monitor our progress. Here’s a peak at the status of my 2017 goals.
- Invest $10,000 a month. I deployed the remainder of the cash reserves I had in my retirement accounts into DVY and HDV. I also injected $10,000 into SDY when it had a slight dip.
- Expand my personal finance writing portfolio. I finally took some time to get started and completed the first post in my new publishing initiative and submitted it for review.
- Setup contingency plans for my business and assets. I finished working on some address updates and agency paperwork. Next step is to find a trustworthy estate planner which could be tricky.
- Connect with new friends in my neighborhood. I had lunch with two great women at a fun Mediterranean spot I hadn’t tried before. I had a great time and hope to stay in touch with them.
- Record clips for 1SE more often. I haven’t been recording videos everyday, but I got my clips all caught up to date.
- Improve my cooking skills. Made two more veggie soups using my slow cooker. Now I’m so sick of soup I can’t stand to think about eating any more of it lol. I also made a couple successful batches of potstickers with just the right amount of crunch.
Now onwards to the numbers. Experience has taught me that life is too short to only have one income stream. To avoid having all my eggs in one basket, I’m growing my wealth with multiple active and passive income streams. Here’s a look at how much I made last month.
Total Revenue Streams = $10,768
- Website & project management
- Editorial, writing, marketing
- Teaching music, misc.
- Dividends & interest income
- Rental income
ADVERTISING & AFFILIATE: $3,362
Expenses = $(5,788)
- Aweber, Marketing, Subscriptions, Fees
- Other work related
- Meals & Entertainment – business
- Travel – business
- Living expenses
- Meals & entertainment – personal
- Travel – personal
- Shopping & misc expenses – personal
$10,768 – $5,788 = $4,981 PROFITS
With so much rain, I spent a lot of time indoors in January. Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow recently, so if his prediction of six more weeks of winter is correct, the rest of February could be pretty rainy here too. I’m just glad I don’t live up north. I’m definitely not a fan of cold weather or snow storms, but a random hailstorm here and there keeps things interesting.
With the arrival of February, I’ve slowly been getting ready for tax season since I have to complete my business tax return by March 15th. Taxes are a drag, but the positive is I learn something new every year. I will be really curious to see what tax code changes go into effect in the next couple years, especially those that affect small businesses.
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Untemplaters, what type of weather did you have in January? Have you ever seen a hailstorm before? How cold is it where you live?
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