Posts Tagged ‘The Big Picture’

#006 — Goodbye, 20s (Hello, 30s)

January 27th, 2009

Goodbye, 20s…

Well, I officially only have a few hours left as a twenty-something, and while age (feeling old or young) hasn’t ever really bothered me, it gives one pause and provides time to reflect on the past decade of my life.  I don’t know about you, but my 20s have been very action-packed, and a whirlwind time in my life.  There was simply so much going on!  Here’s a sampling of life events to take place in the last ten years:

  • Met the Lovely Miss H through a friend of a friend just after I turned 20.  That means I’ve known her for a third of my life now.  Wow!
  • Moved away from home and went away to college.  I enjoyed the small, liberal-arts atmosphere, and met some great people there.
  • Worked for a politician who is now a United States Congressman.
  • Became an uncle.
  • Graduated college.
  • Experienced the death of my grandmother to cancer, and the untimely death of my childhood best friend to a car accident.
  • Moved to San Diego for a job on campus where I wanted to go to graduate school.  I was accepted & attended a year later.
  • Traveled the world:  Mexico, Canada, Korea & Japan.
  • Studied abroad in grad school for 10 weeks in Western Europe.
  • Married the Lovely Miss H in a hot but beautiful lakeside mountain resort with 200 of our closest friends & family in attendance.
  • Honeymooned on the island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean.
  • Bought a house and moved from California to Texas.  Picked up 3 dogs, great new friends, and countless memories in the process.
  • Finished grad school and am still trying to figure out this whole career thing :)

To me it has seemed so action-packed.  A lot of moving, new friendships, loads of travel, numerous smiles, a few tears, and ever-increasing responsibility with each year!

Hello, 30s!

A new decade of my life makes me take a step back and ponder where my life has been and where it is going.  I do value all those experiences and events in my life listed above.  I value all the friendships I’ve developed, all the advice I’ve received, and all the opportunities to give back. 

Regrets? Nah.  My twenties were a wonderful adventure.  But to use some bowling terminology, there’s certainly been some strikes & gutters, ups & downs.


Personally, I really hit the jackpot with the Lovely Miss H.  I could go on for days about it, but just know that she’s everything I could’ve hoped for in a wife, and more.

Financially, I’m pleased that the personal finance bug has bitten me.  We went from wandering in the wilderness to pretty much on the same page together with a plan to pay off our debts and build wealth.


Personally & Professionally, I’d say my biggest gutterball is not figuring out what I want to do when I grow up :)   I have many interests and skills, but have yet to find my niche I guess.  For one that has always thrived on stability, it sure has been an unstable development of a career path for me.  Funny how life teaches you those lessons, eh?  I am looking forward to the continued adventure, however — and now I’ll get to write about it for the world to see!

What about you??

Have you taken the opportunity to reflect personally or financially lately?  What are your “strikes & gutters”?

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#004 — Links O’ The Week

January 24th, 2009

I read a ton of blogs each week.  So many inspiring stories and wonderful ideas come from the people on the ‘Net.  Here’s a few that caught my eye:



The Wisdom Journal posted 10 Ways College Made Him Rich & 10 Ways College Made Him Poor.  This is a great read for those at or near college age.

The Degerati Life had a guest post by Studenomics on How To Work Full Time While In College.  I wish I would’ve taken some of this advice!


PT @ Prime Time Money paid off his car last week!  Now what does he do? If there’s ca$h burnin’ a hole in your pocket, PT, you can certainly send some dough to my student loan accounts ;)

Clever Dude posted an article on which model automobiles receive the most speeding tickets.

Get Rich Slowly explains to us all why he drives a 13 year old car!  I don’t think I could rock a Geo like that (I’ve got long legs, for one thing), but a fascinating personal finance story and analysis on vehicle expense.

The Big Picture

Christian Personal Finance posted on becoming richer than Rockefeller, and how our standard of living today blows away the richest man in the world’s living standards from 100 years ago.  This is an older post, but I surfed across it this week and thought it was important to share.

That’s it for today, folks.  Enjoy those links.  I’ve got a few news articles that caught my eye, but I’ll probably cover those in posts next week.

Have a great weekend!

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