I hate losing everything I worked for.
This is something both Mr. Dixon and I have learnt in the past decade as adults on our own. Being married for a handful of years has clarified our trajectory. When someone depends on you, you get your act together really fast. It might not be immediately, but your minds are set on winning together. Whether it means having a peaceful relationship, waking up to working water, or creating a home and family. That commitment is everything to motivate you into making something out of yourself.
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Online shopping has benefited me greatly in my identity capital socialising at a plethora of Hollywood Hills events networking and forging lifetime friendships. It has also bloomed in business at several points in my life. Now, I am taking a step back to see what is in my existing wardrobe.
TIME IS ON OUR SIDE
There are appliances in my kitchen I use all the time and other tools I want to make more use of. There are plenty of forgotten dreams in our coat closet alone. All the things we wanted to do, but did not get around to it, because we were working so hard to pay off being able to only live in Los Angeles. In Kentucky, our schedules finally lined up so we can see each other face to face every single day. This is new in our household. A story for another time.
Finally a bit richer in time, we want to make everything work even more efficiently. Because all the things we do are a thousand times more effective in this new lifestyle.
“When you buy a house you cannot afford, it is a burden.” – Dave Ramsey
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NO MORE USING CREDIT
Now that we are doing all the inspections on our dream house, farm, and forest we own, it is looming on us that we are a bit closer to freedom. The only thing is we do not want to live in debt. All credit cards are to be paid. Thank goodness, there is nothing too daunting holding us back aside from the future of property tax on the house alone (thank you, farming incentives!). But I still want to pay off the house at the expedited speed of light. Next time I purchase another piece of land, I do not want a loan, and I want it to be in cash.
This has been done so many times before. I hate debt. I worked so hard to get rid of the small morsel of debt I have. It is the worst feeling in the world to be encumbered.
If I want a thirty-thousand dollar vicuña coat, it is going to be in cash. All of our shopping jaunts in New York and London are going to be all cash. Sure, the American Express has points. We can use certain things for it when it comes to business expenditures – tractors and excavating equipment is spectacularly expensive – but I do not want Atlas to shrug. I like things the way they are, and having the stability of a home means the weight of the world to me.
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MORTGAGES & RETIREMENT IN 7 YEARS
I do not want to have a mortgage for the next thirty years, which is why we plan on paying off everything in seven years, and hopefully retire by then. At least Mr. Dixon will. I am currently starting out in my place in the world for what feels like the five-hundredth time. Because making close friends, hosting events, and going out feels like my career.
Not a job. But my lifetime path to a fulfilling life altogether. Why does your purpose have to be tied to a salary and the contract that comes with it? It is my duty to make genuine relationships with everyone I encounter and meet as many people as possible. You never know whose life you will change. Imagine sparking up the beginning flames of a marriage. Connecting two individuals who share absolutely everything in common and become best friends for life.
STORING OUR PLANES & BUILDING A RUNWAY
Finishing his pilot’s licence is also important to my husband. I feel the need to get mine as well with him, in case he is out of circulation and the planes need moving. He is also going to get his jet licence. I am not sure if I want to do that, but I will definitely give it a try, because life is too short! We have a lot of work to do on our land to create our own runway and hangar, but it is definitely doable. In the interim, we will keep our planes in the local private port that is about ten to fifteen minutes away. This is because one of my other lifetime goals is to be able to make friends around the world who also have planes.
This way, when trains stop, and the Dagney Taggarts of every transportation industry is down, we have friends we can help get to where they need without the fuss of red tape and vise versa. We can create a community and see everyone in one piece without relying on the outside world. Sort of like our Amish neighbours thirty minutes away.
There is nothing more delicious than absolute freedom.
BUILDING BOOKCASES INTO THE HOUSE WITH THE AMISH
After a trifecta of inspections scheduled so far, we found out the house was built on twice. Two new structures were added on. The power is difficult on some parts of the house with only a two-wire connection, so it is not safe to plug in your computer in those parts of the structure.
Also, the upper addition of the second level has insulation made of old-fashioned horse hay and clay. This means the wall is pretty much hollow on the inside. We are going to have some Amish friends build bookcases into the house. You have no idea how excited I am to get to know them in their native Pennsylvania Dutch (a dialect of Deutsche) and even have Bible studies with them.
HOSTING OUTDOOR GET TOGETHERS
Another dream is to host all our neighbours by sending cards in everyone’s mailbox to come for a sort of block party on our land. I can see multiple lengthy extended teak tables – or any type of solid wood – with a spread of tons of barbecue and people enjoying themselves. Children and adults running on the grass barefoot playing games of giant chess, croquet, hacky sack, and rugby. They can even pet the horses, because this is the horse capital of the world.
REBUILDING HORSE STABLES & BARNS
Oh yes! I almost forgot. Building stables from scratch is something the Amish and our wonderful friend Jeromey are going to help us with. We will be rebuilding barns.
Wood warps. I remember in violin making how not having the right level of humidity or dryness makes the pernambuco move. You would randomly hear strings popping off the bridge and bouncing off its springs when in the violin workshop.
Take into account every storm each barn on our land has engaged with and harsh unpredictable climate. Nature is beautiful yet cruel. The barns literally stand lopsided like a drunk sixteen year old in Copenhagen. Even if they are not moving, they look like they have a tendency to sway around.
RENOVATING & BUILDING A PALACE FROM SCRATCH
I cannot wait for all of these huge outdoor updates, but first we work on the house itself. Making that livable and inviting is priority. The plans are endless. Mr. Dixon wants to add more structural additions to the house itself. However, I am going to start new with a ziggurat of an edifice in its own right by itself. I still have to scout the land to see which hill might be ideal to build on, or if I should create one entirely from another part of our acreage. Thank you for catching up with me. Other than that, I wish you a wonderful day.
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