Hey, in case anyone cares what's been going on with me lately:
Plane was taken in for an annual inspection last April, iron and aluminum found in the oil filter. That means the engine needs to be taken apart and rebuilt, so about $20,000 to get the plane fixed. Even 50/50 with my co-owner that's still an ouch. It won't be out of the shop until September.
Bitcoin is over $4,000 now. That investment continues to pay off. Sorry if you kept ignoring me when I've been telling you to buy it over the many years.
I quit and stepped away from my software developer management job. The company was doing things that I just didn't find ethical, so I stepped away, since I don't want that to rub off on me. I still hold a reputation of being completely trustworthy in my field, though I guess I'm not involved in it in any way anymore.
Despite that, my various investments and ventures are doing well. I think I increased my net worth by another million this past year. It doesn't feel real, honestly. They say your first is the hardest, and the rest come easy, which I found to be true, but I'm still living like I used to, being frugal as hell, eating fast food, etc, so it just feels like unreal numbers to me. On the other hand, thanks to that extra money, I'll finally be able to get my husband to retire in about a month. It sucked where I wasn't tied down by a job and thus could go anywhere I wanted to, but him having only three weeks of vacation meant having to leave him behind all the time.
My best friend was really depressed, like to the point of being suicidal, and nearly went over the edge after playing Night in the Woods, where the main character has a monologue about feeling like a loser all her life. My friend admitted feeling that too. I decided to save him, him being my best friend and the love of my life and all, and asked him if he would like me to teach him to be successful like me. He said yes, so I'm having him read some books and am teaching him about money and business. We decided to do real estate investing together, which I'm using as a teaching tool. And just from the first few things I taught him, he changed his world view so much he actually just up and quit his job (with a 6 week notice) deciding to go into real estate and business with me full time. He's a lot less depressed and more motivated now, especially after realizing that his job was the reason he was so stressed and depressed. Even stopped taking his antidepressants because he says he doesn't need them. It's a huge responsibility, which I'll gladly cary, but am worried about. But this is also what I had hoped to do for Red, teaching her to be successful and financially independent, who also approached me after hitting bottom and wanting to climb back up, so I'm happy.
I also want to see if I can repeat what I did before to get to where I'm at now, following the same things I did again from the beginning. So I'm trying to build wealth from nothing, just doing the real estate thing, not touching my money and just using credit cards and "working the system" in business. Basically to prove to myself that someone, if they work at it and do what needs to be done, can do it starting from scratch. I'm nearly maxing out my cards, taking on enormous risks, and busting my butt a lot, but it seems to be working.
We have a house we put a bid on already, hoping to get it for $160k, which after putting about $60k into for repairs, we should be able to sell for $250. After all expenses we should be able to make about $20k to $40k on that flip within about 4 months. Deals like this are hard to find though, so it takes a lot of looking.
All in all I'm happy. My husband is about to be free to stay home and travel with me, and my best friend of 20 years (who used to be my crush for the first 12 of them) is now my business partner who gets to work and travel with me too. And the work we do mainly involves helping other people out of crap situations, so this works with my ideal of being completely transparent and ethical in everything I do. Can't really ask for much more.