anomie wrote:Best of luck Bigato.
So what ever happened to the plans of the small farm in the mountains, living in a small house, raising food.
Did I dream that?
would you care to bring your readers up to season 2/ current plans of "Bigato's journal"?
I like "season 2", lol
First year after ERE I was able to secure a very very cheap small house in the city. At that time I was still so unhappy with my job experiences and possible future, suffering everyday. Crying in the bathroom while changing clothes to start the work day. I needed every piece of hope that I could have. I was decided to go as extreme as necessary to get out of hell.
If I was to keep living in that house, I should be able to reach FI by around december 2013 or so. But I wanted to live in a bigger rural property where I could be able to provide for most of my own needs, produce my food and have some surplus. I calculated that depending on the price of the property, I should be able to justify the spending because I would save on food. Indeed, if I was to produce all of my food, that would be true. But then I've got a problem. The rural property that I've bought had a small house, but also a big house. And the big one was needing a lot of renovations. Also I was not able to produce all of my our own food because of having a job. The upside is that once I get that big house ready to rent on weekends, it will be a source of income enough to maybe even pay for all of my expenses and for its own maintenance.
But I was in strange position. After having the big house ready for renting, and by growing at least part of our food, I would be in an awesome ERE position. But I could not risk doing it too soon. Because I still was tied to my job, I had to pay not only for the material for the house renovation, but also for most of the labor. Because I couldn't leave the job, it was not easy to produce most of my food. All of that means that in order to feel safe I would need more safety margin than I was planning when I was desperate in my job.
Because, while I was improving my ERE position by buying that first small house, then acquiring the rural property, producing some food, meanwhile I was also learn to withstand better the work environment and was in fact starting to get good at my function at the time (selling bank products). Now that I was feeling safer and better, I also started to have bigger dreams for the future. Looking back, if I was to keep living in the first small house in the city, I probably would reach FI sooner. But we wanted a bigger rural property, we wanted more space and privacy, more access to nature, more tools, a shop and some other things. If I was still desperate to get out of the job like I was in the past, I probably should have stayed put and worked around those wants of ours to be able to get part of them without buying a new property. But feeling safer I decided to risk a move to a very improved ERE position where I could have a lifestyle that we would like more.
After buying the rural property and starting to renovate it, I started to find out that I indeed did a very good move and a very good deal but I would need to work longer for the new cashflow improvements to start to actually show up in my account. Then I thought that if I was to work longer, I could as well work longer earning more and doing something that I like better. So here I am. Not saving more yet, because of the added rent expense, but at least working in something that I am loving; and with effort and some luck I may get a raise sometime in the future.
Now it was only my first week in the job, but I am loving it so far. We still plan on not having children here in the big city, and the clock is ticking for us. But if it wasn't for this detail, I could probably keep at this job much longer. I should have risked more to get a job at software development fifteen years ago when I entered the workforce. I always knew how much I liked and was good at it and that it has potential to make me money. But I guess that everybody sometimes dreams how it would be nice to have our current level of life experience 10 years ago.