The Excitement of Reconstruction (July 2022)

I hit some snags in June that were very frustrating to go through. It felt as if I would be in the middle of putting out one fire and another would pop up next to it.

That’s alright, though, because it always seems to work out.


The Dealership

June went pretty well at the dealership. More traffic. More sales. Collections continued at a steady pace.

We ended up hiring a collections girl and it seemed promising as she had done it previously for another dealership.

First day on the job, she seems to be doing really well. Lunch time comes around and she texts us that she doesn’t think it’s the right fit for her.

What the fuck? haha!

Try to reach out to find out what the issue could have been so obviously we can try to address it for a new candidate but no answer. It’s quite baffling. Maybe it’s just because I’m not scared of confrontation but I make it a point to have those tough conversations with people.

I feel it’s a sign of respect for them and myself. Make it very clear where I stand with something and give them the means to improve themselves. If they do, great. If they don’t, great.

Anyway, instead of going back to the same fucking block, I decided to try a different approach.

Virtual Assistant.

We’ve been sifting through candidates and holding a few interviews with them.

Preview: We’ve hired one recently.

I’ll update more on this next month.

One of our salespeople had a bit of a crisis last month. She broke up with her girlfriend and has taken it really hard. It’s her first relationship so I’m not surprised, however, there is very clear signs of self-destructive behavior that I see.

She has requested some time off to go to Florida, which will put us in a bit of a tough spot, but I thought things through with my wife and decided to give her the time to go. No amount of me coaching her or explaining why the decision to go is a bad decision would do any good.

I was a kid once, and I needed to make my own mistakes in order to be convinced of anything. I see a lot of myself in her and I also see a drive that, while right now it may be suppressed, I know I can get back into her.

The Real Estate

Both sides of the Real Estate businesses are moving along nicely. Snags on both ends but still moving along just fine.

Real Estate Agent

One of the YouTube leads that we got under contract a long time ago finally closed. It was scary for a bit as their lender kept demanding more and more from them, even though they had provided the exact paperwork that had been asked of them.

But it closed!

I’m very happy for them. They’re extremely cool people who I truly appreciate. Just from the time we’ve gotten to work together, I consider them friends already.

I can see myself becoming close with them.

Well…as close as I can be with anyone. (except my wife, I’m pretty close with her)

We closed on 3 properties last month!

The needle is moving along.

I’ve also began a different type of advertising and I’m very excited about it. I’m building out the nurturing campaigns and making adjustments as needed.

This is always one of the most exciting parts of any business for me. Creating campaigns to drive traffic in and seeing how they work.

Real Estate Investor

Work has officially begun work on Aberdeen (the new property purchased last month). If there are no hiccups, it should be done in about 6 weeks.

There are always hiccups.

Emerald has hit a little snag as someone came in and stole a bunch of materials. We also had an electrical problem that we need to address now too. It’s alright, though, it’s part of the process.

I have mentioned to contractor that we need to do a better job of going through and clearly inspecting everything more so we don’t get these surprises or at least assume we have to deal with them and then readjust as needed.

Luckily, it was part of the budget so it won’t dent us. Would have been nice to not have to spend more though.

We finalized the refinances…finally.

We made quite a bit of money through equity on both these properties. I was pleasantly surprised at how well we did on both.

Obviously we don’t see this money since it’s left in the deal, but it’s still nice to know that if we would sell them the money would be there.

For now, they will act as a tax shelter and income property and will be the means for more to come.

The Writing

I’ve been writing a lot of scripts for the YouTube videos.

Leave me alone.

The Leisure

My wife took a trip out to South Dakota for a couple of weeks. I never realize how much stability and comfort she brings to my life until I’m not around her for an extended period of time.

Sure, it’s nice being able to play video games when I want or read or anything, but there is also this lingering thought in the back of my head that doesn’t make me feel at ease. After the first couple of days, I felt as if I was ready for her to come back.

She’s back now in case you were wondering.

I picked up a new book called Skill by David Greene. I haven’t made much of a dent into it but it is very good so far. I’m hoping to get it done by the end of July but I’ve found it’s been a little hard to get through it…

now that my wife is back…

Totally kidding, it’s my fault completely.

Umbrella Academy was one of the shows that the wife and I watched last month. I love the quirkiness of the show and how easy it is to submerge yourself in all their bullshit. Even with their superpowers, they still just feel like squabbling siblings.

I will say, there was a section this season that I felt was very jarring and unnecessary. I’m all for Elliot Page’s transition and feel proud that we live in a time that this is acceptable in the mainstream. However, it was brought up in the show in an awkward and completely out of the blue way.

Not to mention that it had nothing to do with the story. It was an unnecessary detail that gave nothing but distraction from the main show.

Stranger Things Part 1 was amazing. The wife and I have already watched Part 2 as well. The characters were very fun this season and it felt like they added a lot more gruesomeness this season, which I enjoyed.

I was hoping they would have ended it this season and even the season finale felt as if they could have, but of course, it was dragged on.

That’s it! I’ve played some Apex Legends on my own and still loving it.

The wife and I have started playing Red Dead Redemption 2 together so hopefully we don’t get stuck in it haha!

A book I recommend this month: None

A movie I recommend this month: None

A show I recommend this month: Stranger Things and Umbrella Academy

The Puppies

The three pups are doing great. They stay active, play with each other, and get along grand. All of this with the exception of BD-1, of course.

Nova is usually really scared about most things. It’s very odd to see her cower, even when you want to put her leash over her head she shakes. However, she’s picked up this protective habit when we are out that she growls and snaps at other dogs that get too close to me.

Could be that she’s jealous but I feel it’s dangerous for her because she’s not a fighter at all. Knowing myself, I’d be very protective right back if I saw her getting hurt.

I don’t want to think about it.

Overall, they are staying bouncy and playful at home with all their constant stream of new toys.

The Wrap Up

While many of our trips will be put off because of some hiccups at work (training of new people, salesperson heading out to Florida, purchasing a couple of new properties) I still plan on relaxing a bit.

I am thinking about hiring a video editor to help me put out more videos on my channel, as well as possibly hire a producer to help me find content and plan out the schedule better for it. I’ll look into that more this month.

Don’t forget to show support to my YouTube Channel as well as hit me up if you ever want to connect about anything.

Well, that’s all I got for you this month so thanks for reading and I will catch you on the next month. Okay byeeeeeee!


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