About Me

I tend to not write about myself that often. My logic behind this is, I realize that I am not that important in the grand scheme of things. I am important to my family, but outside of that I am of no importance or relevance for that matter. There is one thing that I do want to share though.

Goals, I’ve always heard about others having goals but I never really knew or understood the importance of having goals. When I was retiring from the military every single counselor told me that I need to establish a goal and that I need to find a hobby. Time is an enemy and if you cannot use time to your advantage, it can easily take over your life.

It took awhile and I wasn’t necessarily looking for a goal, it just happened to make sense one day. My wife and I were talking, after a career of being separated from my family for years at a time I think we have figured out the goal that we want to accomplish.

We are trying to pay our home off in the next three years. We are a few hundred thousand in debt but so far we have been able to put a substantial dent in that debt. We figure that the sooner we can be free of debt the easier life becomes since debt will be one less thing that we have to worry about.

We have always been rather frugal. We were a single income family for almost our entire union. So, I decided to volunteer for more hours at work. I work practically every weekend and I probably get about 60-70 hours a week. I do not enjoy working and I hate to always be at work and away from my family. But every payday I can pay down the principal and it makes going to work that much easier.

I see progress, I see us eventually achieving our goal. We might not get there in three years, but we are much closer than we were two years ago and that makes it easier as well. I have finally found my goal and I gotta tell you, my friends and family probably get tired of hearing about it every two weeks!!! LOL.

So, no matter what you do in life, don’t just do it day to day. Figure out what you want to accomplish and map it out. Come up with a plan and establish milestones so you can measure your progress. If you cannot measure your goal, you may lose interest rather quickly.

I know it is easier said than done, but figure out what you want to achieve. Life suddenly becomes easier since the sacrifices and compromises you make will be calculated and understood. Ultimately towards meeting and achieving your goal.

27 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Great Post!!!

    You stated — “Come up with a plan and establish milestones so you can measure your progress. If you cannot measure your goal, you may lose interest rather quickly.”

    My response — This is key to being successful. Sage advice indeed.

        1. Yes…My goal at the moment is to finish “Zion: War of Thrones” as well as other stories I’m working on. “Z:WoT” is taking A LOT longer than I thought it would take *sigh*. But I enjoy the process (most of the time) and it does take time.

  2. Holy cow.. I thought you were a young fellow. Didn’t know you were retired military. 🙂 What branch? What rank?

    I had a career of entrepreneurship where at one time or another I was in business.. about three separate times. So I learned early on on how to look at big debt; me and the IRS have been good buddies for decades. I understand many folks have a personal moral compass that can include the handling of debt as something one does in life, and there’s a nobility in that. My own personal proclivities having been in business is that debt is relative (if it’s debt toward entities and not personal) and part of doing business so I was never emotionally strapped to eliminating it. I have seen many folks who wear their debt as a kind of personal cross to bear that they center their entire lives on, and I find that a tragedy actually. Life is far too short to self-consume ones self in anything not conducive to a personal quality of life. Sounds like you have a great goal. 🙂

    I’m rather inspired by Bush’s CAVU… ceiling and visibility unlimited. Would love to see those kind of hats being worn than that other one. 🙂

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      Wow, thanks Doug. I retired after 20 years in the Army, Infantry, SFC. Yeah, I look at my debt as an escape. The less debt I have the more freedom I have. We all have debt, but it doesn’t mean that we need more debt. The less debt anyone has the more they can dictate what they will and will not do. Once my home is mine, I will quickly remind my boss that I no longer work weekends or holidays.

      C-A-V-U hats huh, it’s all on the individual.

      Thanks again Doug.

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      Thanks Goldie. Yeah, we all do what we gotta do. You just finished up a massive goal, take a break girl. You earned it.

  3. This is my favorite post of yours so far, and you have had some really good ones. Excellent advice, my friend.

    I recently read the following – “You only make progress with the things you pay attention to and measure.” You just reiterated that here.

    I really enjoyed this post. Congratulations in making progress with paying off your debt. Awesome job, man!

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