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6/1/17 10:04 A

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Carol, that was the best thing to read!! I'm gonna print that out and save it. I just have to jump!!!

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5/26/17 10:21 A

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Yes, I'm happy to support you! It truly is a question of just jumping. Once you commit to the jump, it's really just some hard work and off you go. You're not afraid of hard work and it will be fine.

Have a great vacation!

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5/26/17 12:47 A

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Good luck Heather on your own firm....and safe journey...

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5/25/17 10:09 A

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Carol, when I get back from France I'm going to have an outline of some of my thoughts on how to proceed. I'd love your feedback on it. I'm sure it's not as daunting as it feels. I know how to do this, I just have to jump in!



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5/25/17 9:49 A

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YAY! Have so much fun! I will try to remember to start the thread on Monday. Post pictures on fb!

Well, if you need any help with your clients, you know where to find me. I did that kind of work for about 10 years. I did bookkeeping, implementations, and business troubleshooting. I had a great time. What I did when I started was get the emails of restaurants, constructions companies, and small manufacturing companies - sent them my info. That was before web pages haha. I also joined the chamber of commerce and several other groups like women in business.

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5/25/17 9:46 A

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Well team, the day has finally arrived! We fly out tonight from JFK to Paris!! Enjoy your holiday weekend, and I'll be back in touch next week!!

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5/23/17 11:51 A

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Yes, we're going to do one room as an airbnb. My husband's cousin has done it, and had great success. I mean, we won't retire on that income alone, but it's good cash flow if we can get it rented regularly. We are about 1/8th of a mile from the AT, so I think we could appeal to hikers who are looking for a night off the trail and getting a shower. Not sure, but maybe.

Also we get a lot of folks up this way just being regular tourists. We have to do a bit of work on the room to get it ready, and when we get back from France that's one of my projects.

My biggest fear is I won't get clients, or if I do, I won't be able to do the work they need done. Then I look at my background and my skills and I think, yes, I can do this!! Also a project for after Paris.



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5/23/17 11:23 A

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Yeah...I wasn't planning to retire for at least another 10 years, but we've worked so hard to put ourselves in a good retirement position that it just happened early. I need one more year of high wages to pay off a rental, but that should be easy.

I think starting an accounting firm will be fun for you. I enjoyed doing that years ago and always keep it in my back pocket. My problem was that I worked 70+ hours a week because...what if I didn't get any more clients? lol...yeah, that was never a problem. Then we had a kid and so I opened the children's gym which was super fun and not as many hours.

So you're going to do one of your rooms as an airbnb? We've considered that once we build our art studio we could offer it as a separate studio accommodation. But our daughter is talking about staying in it for a couple of months this summer, so we'll see. Haha...and we haven't actually built it yet...



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5/23/17 8:37 A

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Carol, the interview on Friday was positive, but I was incredibly over-qualified. They let me know yesterday they went with another candidate. I wasn't surprised.

I had a very good interview yesterday and today I have a phone screening for another job that looks like it could be a good match. So, I currently have three that progressed to in person interviews that still haven't gotten back to me, although at this point I'm sure it's a no from the union. They just haven't bothered to tell me yet. Which is honestly frustrating, but not much I can do about it. And I have one more in person interview scheduled for the day I am back to "working" after my trip. So, all around it's pretty positive.

I love your plan for retirement Carol. I hope our art business, my CPA business, downsizing, and running and airbnb room will help us ease into our retirement in about 15 years. Maybe sooner!!

Back to the treadmill today!!!

Enjoy your day everyone!!



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5/22/17 11:48 A

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Heather - I'm excited for you to have your trip to Paris! We're only a month away from our Bali trip! How did the interview on Friday go?

We just rented our Santa Maria house for a thousand more than our payments! Yay! Now we will start to collect enough to cover our monthly expenses! All we have to do is pay off our Grover Beach house and we will be set for retirement! I think that will take about a year since we are still traveling and we're going to build an art studio. Oh and a lap pool or something.

We are going to start looking at starting up an artsy business in our retirement. Start building it now so that it's in place for next year.

Life is just so fun!

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5/22/17 8:40 A

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Good Morning everyone!!! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I had a lot of fun watching my kid and her dance troupe dance their hearts out Saturday and Sunday. Sydney did great, and as always, no matter how her dances score, I am immensely proud of her ability to get up on that stage and give it all she has.

I keep plugging away at the job search. It goes at a very slow pace for me, but I understand other people have jobs to do while trying to fill a position, so I do my best to be patient. I have a very promising interview today at 2 pm, so I will start preparing for that soon.

I think I'll work out early today since I can!

After today I'm slowing down the job search to prepare for the trip to Paris. We leave Thursday!!! I'm super excited, job or not.

Have a FUN and ACTIVE day and week!!!


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