I think every lifestyle blog out there has one post titled “What I Wish I Knew in My 20′s.” You’re not a real blog until you have one, I’m told. I’m still in my 20′s, so I thought I’d turn the tables and write a post about things I hope I know when I’m in my 30′s. I’ll probably put in so much effort learning all the things I want to learn for my next decade of life that I’ll forget to learn all the things other bloggers in their 30′s and 40′s told me to learn while I’m still in my 20′s.
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My fiance and I have been living in a dream world for the past week. I don’t remember which of us first brought it up or why, but we got the idea into our heads of moving to a new location. Our two nominees are Portland and the Denver area. We’ve spent all week on www.zillow.com looking at gorgeous houses sitting on quarter acre plots of land that cost half of what a one bedroom condo would cost us here in the Bay Area. We’ve been wondering why anyone would be willing to pay the steep price to live here. Is the Bay Area really so much better than Portland or Denver that the houses should cost three times as much?
With all big decisions in life, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons. There’s more to this decision than just housing costs, but I can’t deny that that’s a huge factor.
Man, I’ve been delinquent on updating this blog! I think this delinquency is very telling though, and it gives me something to work on. In doing some introspection, I realize that I start a lot of things and never finish them. I have a habit of getting really excited about something, giving it 100% for a little while, and then my enthusiasm fizzles out. It’s high time for me to take a good, long look in the mirror and figure out why I give up on things and what I can do to change that.
It would be easy for me to say that if my enthusiasm fizzled out, it must not have been that important to me in the first place. But no more taking the easy way out. No more excuses. I’m going to examine a few of the pursuits that I’ve abandoned over the past few years and decide whether there was a legitimate reason for my abandonment or if I’m just being a complainy-pants and need to get my butt back in gear.
After a few months of reading other peoples’ personal finance blogs religiously, I thought I’d start one myself. I’m doing it for myself, as a sort of journal to put my goals in writing, track my progress, and hold myself accountable. If other people want to read it too and provide words of encouragement or advice, that would be great, but it’s not my primary goal in creating this blog.