One day last week, I was walking along the path in our wildflower-filled pasture, listening to the little dickissel birds singing their hearts out from their perches on thistle blossoms, when it suddenly dawned on me that I was truly happy at that moment. I didn’t have anything I just HAD to do at right, all my needs were met, and nothing was oppressing me with worry or sadness. I was going to feed the horses and donkey, who are always just thrilled to see me. I realized I felt like I did in seventh grade, when I could go anywhere in my town on my bike and look at all the old houses and dream of what was inside. Hmm, no wonder I invest in old houses now!
I realized that I was truly grateful to be doing what I’m doing with my life right now. Sure, working two jobs is hard, and living in two places can also be challenging. But, since we’ve started Hermit Haus Redevelopment, so many great opportunities, learning experiences, and people have come into my life that I am enriched and content.
Granted, we got in the business to make money, and this year that’s coming to fruition. But it’s not the money that is making me happy, not at all. The old truism that money doesn’t buy happiness has a lot going for it. But I’m not at all claiming that having enough to live on and invest in our business contributes to my well being. I’d be going way overboard in my denial of my middle-class white privilege if I said that. Having lived paycheck to paycheck most of my life, I realize that I had happy times then, but did have a lot of worries.
Please allow me to share why this business contributes to my happiness with any of you who are considering joining one of the real estate investment organizations or starting out on your own. You could experience this, too, given time and patience (and that’s my advice to folks just starting out or struggling: give yourself time and be patient):
- Every day I get to work with great people I like, respect and trust. That includes our wonderful Hermit Haus team, our contractors and project managers, the real estate agents we work with, our banking contacts, the accountants, title company folks…on and on.
- I get to write every day, and share my thoughts with others. I love sharing what I learn (as do the rest of us, if you can’t tell). And if I didn’t like to write, I know I could find others to help me out.
- I don’t stop learning. We have calls with mentors, we go to meetups, we attend conferences, and we go to educational seminars.
- I see all sorts of interesting places. Looking at properties really teaches you a lot about how other other people live, decorate their homes, and prioritize their housing needs.
- People! Wow, have we met some interesting folks whom we never would have run across otherwise. And now we have a huge network of contacts.
- I see the best and the worst of humanity, but learn that no one’s perfect. I get to forgive and forget.
- People we work with get help when they need it most, and that warms my heart very much.
- I’m creating a portfolio of investments and property that I can pass on to my children. My parents never had that chance.
- I’m never bored. Never.
I encourage you to consider this business. While it’s not like on television, where the “flippers” make $60K on every deal, even when there are huge setbacks, it can be a very satisfying thing to do. Find a system or group you are comfortable with and educate yourself. You may end up as happy as I am.
Sue Ann Kendall is happy with her role as social media director for Hermit Haus Redevelopment.