This blog has served me well since it started. Besides bringing in a small bit of blogging income, it allowed me to document my journey towards financial freedom. In the process, I learnt more about myself in terms of my thoughts, feelings and actions that bring me closer towards (or further from) my goal of achieving financial freedom.
In the many articles I have written about financial freedom, I’ve come to realise that the only thing predictable is the unpredictability and fragility of life. I now come to enjoy the occasional can of beer, bottle of soju or sake now and then. I take things less personal and try to practice mindfulness in what I do.
It helps that time has flown and my daughter is already in kindergarten 1. 5 years has come and gone since the day I held her in my arms. Now I struggle to carry her longer than a couple of minutes as her weight is closer to that of a big sack of rice +++!
In terms of net worth, I am moving steadily towards my goal of $1,000,000 in investible net worth (excluding owner-occupied property). I haven’t reached there but it is achievable in my lifetime. The interesting thing is that I’m less obssessed with the goal now than 5 years ago.
I realise that spending some of windfall gains, bonuses or interest and dividends on the small luxuries of life makes me happy. Spending on my loved ones makes me happy. Taking one day at a time makes me happy.
I have discovered a new hobby which is language learning. It is a very scalable hobby in that you can progress as fast or slow as your own abilities, time and passion drives you. It is a useful hobby. I can make use of the language abilities to travel to countries in that language. I can communicate and understand the culture of the target language. I could use them in my workplace and I use them for leisure in listening to cultural television, video or music in that language.
I will continue with Five Cents Ten Cents but I will move from a tactical (how to achieve financial freedom) to a more strategic perspective (how I change in my quest for financial freedom). The insights that I’ve gained from exploring financial freedom in my life and documentating the journey has been both fascinating and enriching.
I wish all my readers a Happy New Year 2013 and also a Happy Lunar New Year 2013!
Be well and prosper.