Tuesday, August 26, 2014
The act of planning eats up a lot of my time. Ever since authorities released me from federal prison, I’ve used prison journals to document the journey. My intentions in keeping prison journals were to show others that there is life after federal prison. Yet success doesn’t materialize by accident. It requires planning. It requires a sense of direction, discipline, and deliberateness. I’ve used social media like Facebook and Twitter, as well as this website to document my path.
I’m surprised how easily a blank piece of paper and a pen can result in my losing an entire hour. I wouldn’t say that planning is a waste of my time, as it provides me with a sense of direction. The plans I make also relate to my discipline, because once I set plans in motion, I feel a sense of duty to carry them out—at least until I set new plans. Right now my plans focus on this goal I’ve set of purchasing another piece of income-producing property. I intend to purchase a second rental property before Carole graduates in May. Once we own two rental properties, I’ll feel much more secure with regard to our preparation for retirement. Since both Carole and I are 50, we need to plan these seeds now. As long as we can finance the second property over a 15-year term, as we did with our other property, we should be able to enjoy a more comfortable retirement. I didn’t only plan today, I’ll also began researching the market. We may buy before the end of this year, but I think it’s more likely that we’ll buy our second rental property in the first quarter of 2015.
Days since my release from prison: 379
Miles that I ran today: 8.59
Miles that I ran so far this week: 23.25
Miles that I’ve run during the month of August: 153.75
Miles that I ran so far in 2014: 1,664.21
Miles that I need to run in order to reach my annual goal of 2,400 miles: 735.79
Miles I’m ahead of schedule to reach my 2,400-mile goal by the end of 2014: 93.98
My weight for today: 167