Happy New Year!
While this space is called The Rich Investor, being rich isn’t all about money. For me, it’s about living the life I want to live and having control of my time.
This year, that concept is particularly important to me. You see, nearly three years ago, my very dearest friend passed away from brain cancer. The same kind that John McCain had. It’s a truly awful disease. I hope that no one reading this has had to endure watching a loved one struggle with this disease.
Christmas Day 2018 I was the exact age, to the day, she was when she passed. She was just 43 years old.
I had a wonderful Christmas Season filled with a lot of joy and happiness. However, when I went home that night, it really hit me that I was the same age as my friend. She didn’t get the luxury of any more days to live life on her own terms.
I’m still here, so I want to make the most of it.
For nearly three days, I couldn’t get out of bed. I was physically and mentally not well. Just exhausted. Lying in bed, I thought a lot about the things I want to do this year to better myself and have more control over my life.
These are my resolutions.
First, I am going to say “no” more often. I value being a team player. But time is short. If I don’t want to do something, then I’m not going to do it. That means cutting back my workload. So, I’ll make a conscious effort to work less and do more of the things I want to do when I want to do them. The other stuff will get done when I get around to it.
Starting in April, if you don’t hear from me between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. it means I’m on the golf course.
Second, I plan to eat more vegetables. I’ve been doing this a lot recently. When the Olympics were on in Korea, I saw a segment about people eating dog meat just blocks away from the events. I know it’s a cultural thing, and it’s not for me to judge.
That said, I have a beautiful puppy. I literally get stopped everywhere I go because of her looks and personality. I don’t want to eat her. I don’t want anyone else to eat her, either.
Plus, it’s healthier to eat more vegetables. I’m not going to be militant about it, though. If someone invites me to their house and they’re cooking chicken, then I’m going to eat chicken. I love to cook, so if I throw a party, I’m not going to force-feed everyone a bowl of quinoa. I’ll probably sous vide filet mignon.
When I eat mostly vegetables, I feel better and look better. So, I plan to amp that up even more in 2019.
Third, I’m going to meditate more. Recently, I started meditating more at home. I have a very active mind. It’s hard to quiet it down. But what I do is play a video on my iPad while I sit in the sauna at home in the morning. It makes me feel great.
I feel so great after meditating that I hop on my spin bike and do a workout. Usually I do 30 minutes. But, for 2019, I’m going to get in an hour a day of exercise. I feel so good afterwards that I feel like I could run through a brick wall.
There’s a “high” I can’t explain. But it’s an “addiction” that’s actually good for you.
My resolutions center around two things: time and health.
Time is a very precious asset we all have. We just don’t know how much of it we have in the bank. So, I’m going to get the highest return I can on my time.
You aren’t wealthy if you aren’t healthy. So, I’m going to do my best in 2019 to maximize my return there as well.
Here’s to a wonderful 2019.
And I hope we can all do what we need to do this year to make our lives more fulfilling.