So I’m sitting here in beautiful Cartagena, Colombia, thinking about why I haven’t written a blog post in nearly 2 months!  TWO MONTHS!  Some might say that this isn’t even a “blog”, if I haven’t updated it in 2 months.

Well, there’s 2 main reasons really:

HONEST REASON #1- I’ve been too busy working on my real estate investing business to blog about it.  Seriously, when I sit down at my computer to work, I’ve been working on real estate.  Not blogging about it.  But then I realized that his doesn’t really help anyone who would like to learn from my experiences, so I’m going to actually try and HELP more people by blogging about what I’m doing, how I’m closing deals and flipping properties from abroad, and sharing with you my very best tips, techniques, and strategies.

HONEST REASON #2- I came abroad because I wanted to RELAX and ENJOY life, and boy, am I doing just that!  Here’s my typical day (when I’m living in Panama):

  • Wake up (whenever my kids get me up)
  • Workout (I’ve been doing Insanity- you might have seen the infomercial)
  • Cook breakfast (I’m eating Paleo, a diet/lifestyle that has allowed me to lose 25 lbs and keep it off)
  • Check email/return important phone calls
  • Play with my kids in the pool
  • Eat lunch
  • Check email/return important phone calls
  • Go to the beach/enjoy happy hour
  • Eat dinner
  • Read (to my kids, and then alone)
  • Bed

My schedule does change a bit when my kids go to school (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, although they are off for the month of July).  Simply, I set an alarm, still workout, but then I’m on the water taxi with them at 7:30am.  I’m then at a breakfast place with wifi, working until I do some grocery shopping, then pick them up at 1pm, and back on the water taxi to make any phone calls I need to, followed by a swim, happy hour, etc.

(NOTE: I split the taking of my kids to school with my wife, Dreama.  She takes one day, I take the other, and we both go with them another day).

As I mentioned, they have the month of July off.  On July 3rd, Dreama and I flew to Panama City, had a great night in the city, then went to Jamaica for a week (by ourselves, no kids- my Dad came and watched them) where I attended a friends wedding and celebrated my 40th birthday.

I got back to Panama on July 11th, and we left on July 14th to Colombia, a trip that will take us to Cartagena, Bogota and Medellin over a 2 week period.  In other words, during the month of July, I anticipate on working an average of 2-3 hours a day, and half of that time will be spent on working on my information marketing business (both real estate and interns), and the other half on real estate.

Why Am I Telling You All Of This?

I can assure you that it’s not to brag, but rather, to let you know exactly what is possible with life, when your business is set up correctly.  And in the sense of complete transparency, I would rather play with my kids, go for a swim, or relax with a cold one than sit down and write blog posts.

That’s why you haven’t really heard from me.  I’m either working on my real estate business, or enjoying life.  I’ve been really lazy about updating my blog and telling you about the “hows” of what I’m doing in real estate.

But then I realized that’s being pretty selfish, and also pretty boring (not to mention lazy!).  I mean, for me to write a decent blog post shouldn’t take me that long.  Plus, the deals that I’ve closed since I’ve been in Panama, they haven’t all been smooth sailing.  Far from it.  In fact, I’ve had instances where I’ve been ready to jump on a plane and smash someone’s laptop in because of the challenges of being a real estate investor.

But when it’s all said and done, and the dust settles, and money is wired from escrow, paydays like this are a beautiful thing:

And I want to help you do the same, even if you have no interest in traveling to Panama or Colombia, or you have no interest in working out, eating Paleo, or even if you don’t have kids and you’re a single dude still living at home, I know that there is one that you’re after: FREEDOM.  Freedom (not money) is what we’re all after.

The freedom to do what we want, when we want.  It just so happens that money, and being financially secure and independent, is exactly what allows you to do this.

I count my blessings every day, because it wasn’t without a lot of hard work, trial and error, a lot of balls, courage and risks, and the support of a smart and beautiful wife that at age 40 (yes, *GASP*, I just turned 40!) I can say and write these things.

As I wrote at the beginning of this post, I haven’t updated this blog for 2 months!  My last post, titled 5 Essential Tools To Run Your Business While Traveling (Internationally) basically explained how I’m doing what I’m doing from a technical perspective.

But I haven’t gotten into the nuts of bolts of how I’ve been investing.  I’m actually toying with the idea of writing a book about it, but honestly, that also sounds like a lot of WORK!  (We’ll see how motivated I get in the month of August).

What I do want to do, however, is keep you in the loop about investing internationally, the challenges I’ve faced this summer, and how I’ve overcome them.

I want to act as an inspiration to you, to let you know that if you put your mind to it, and bust your butt, that ANYTHING is possible.  (DISCLAIMER: it takes hard work, courage and hustle; but if you have those things, you can achieve anything).

For now, I’ll leave you with that.  My next post (which will be up in the next few days), will detail a deal that nearly died to a document requiring a notary.  I’ll share with you how I solved the problem, but more importantly, I’ll let you know the solution I found recently.  I haven’t tested this solution, but I will over the next couple of days and be sure to report back to you.

Until then, leave a comment if you’re so inclined, or ask a question, and I’ll have my story about my notary public near disaster for you posted in the next day or two.

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