Find your pace

Find your pace   Last week, we talked about my experience with the swim portion of the Lake Lanier Island Sprint Triathlon, which I recently participated in. We left off at the very end of the swim when I was finally able to make it past the crowd and start swimming normally.   As I stood up and started to run out of the water, Ashley cheered me on. I…

Swim, bike, run

Swim, bike, run   I recently participated in the Lake Lanier Island Sprint Triathlon … and it was awesome. If you are not familiar with a sprint triathlon, it’s a race that consists of a quarter-mile swim, a 13-mile bike ride and then a 5k run, which is 3.10 miles.     This was my first one ever. And to say I was nervous was an understatement.   We got…

Going on an adventure

Going on an adventure   We just got back from driving an RV across the United States to see the Grand Canyon in Arizona. And it was awesome.   We rented a 30-foot class C motor home to take us on our journey. When it got delivered, the whole family excitedly piled in to check out the new ride. You should have seen the looks on my kids faces.  …

‘Someday’

‘Someday’   On a recent trip, I pulled off the highway and into a mom-and-pop filling station called the Sunset Gas & Grill. It was just outside the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas. I always thought filling station wasn’t an adequate way to describe such establishments because you don’t just fill there — you empty as well. And I really needed to.   I pulled alongside the pump in a…

Walking a mortgage

Walking a mortgage   I will never forget that day. I was on my way down to Atlanta to attend Gary Johnston’s Financial Freedom Principle’s seminar. As I was driving, I was listening to another course that featured speakers like Jack Miller, Peter Fortunato, Jimmy Napier and Clyde Wilson.   I pulled up to the Financial Freedom event, and I walked in and found Kim Cook, the wonderful lady I…

I have lots of questions

  I have lots of questions   I’m going to be open and honest with you about something that’s been going through my head. It stems from a conversation Ashley and I were having before bed.   As I was laying there, something dawned on me. I looked over at Ashley and said, “I have to be honest. Being a parent is not how I envisioned it.” She looked over…

Find a routine

Find a routine   We got back from a weeklong stay at the beach at 10 p.m. last night. That’s kind of late for us. But we got everything in the house and were in bed by 11 p.m. so I could get up and be at the gym this morning by 5:30 a.m.   Now, I’m here to tell you, it felt really, really good to be in my…

Is cash king?

Is cash king?   I will never forget the first deal Ashley and I had ever done that was severely damaged by fire. The year was 2011, and the deal, which we call the burnout, was a 1992 single wide located in a mobile community in Dalton, Georgia.   That house was the third deal Ashley and I had ever done. A burnout on our third deal sounds pretty gutsy…

It can be exciting and scary

It can be exciting and scary   We went to dinner recently with a group of investor friends over in Dawsonville, Georgia. Some Ashley and I have known for years, and others we had just met that day.   As we sat around the table, we discovered that one of them had recently made the move to become a full-time investor. When I say recently, I mean three months ago….

Passive income equals freedom

Passive income equals freedom   I was sitting on a plane recently getting ready to take the longest flight I have ever been on. It was from Atlanta to Portland, and it was going to take 5 1/2 hours. And I was wondering what I was going to do with myself for that long.   When I boarded the plane, I was a little taken aback. It was huge. A…