“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” ~Walt Disney
Last November I met with my accountant to create a VISION for my future. In addition to having his CPA, PFS, he recently became certified as a Financial Life Planner, which is really kind of cool.
We sat for several hours and talked about everything from where I’d like to live– family– career– relationships– vacations– even tennis.
At the end of the meeting, Mark said “Linda, if you really buckle down and get busy, I think you can accomplish all of this over the next year.”
I was super excited, because although I’ve always wanted to live at the Jersey Shore, at this stage of the game, I wasn’t sure it could actually happen. Knowing that Mark believed it was financially feasible gave me so much encouragement, but I still had a lot of questions…
- What do I need to do to sell my house?
- How much profit will I have, after I sell?
- Can I afford to buy something down the shore?
- How am I going to do all of this myself???
Mark gave me the notes from that meeting, along with a detailed list of things I needed to do to get the ball rolling (new carpet, replace storm door, paint, new upstairs vanity, etc…) and on the last page, he wrote “October 2015.”
I said “Heck, if I can do this by October, let’s just make it September, so I can enjoy the nicest month of the year at the beach!”
On August 4th, 13 days after listing, I had a signed contract, full-price offer on my townhouse, with a scheduled closing of October 2nd. Pretty awesome, although it wasn’t September. Mark & I joked that we came pretty close.
As the weeks rolled by and I wasn’t finding the perfect house, it became apparent I would need a temporary place to stay. My realtor happens to be the broker for all the beautiful oceanfront condos I had vacationed at for several years. It’s called The Ocean Club and is situated right ON the Atlantic; steps away from the sand.
As you can see in the first picture, it was my dream to own one of them. That dream took a slight detour, after I found out how much they were selling for and I decided to look elsewhere.
there were a few available to rent for the month of October. A one-bedroom unit rents for several thousand dollars a WEEK in the Summer. That price drops to less than HALF in the “off season,” which apparently begins the day after Labor Day.
Hellllllllllllo Ocean Club!
And then it got better!
Since it was so affordable, I decided to take it for September too and I have enjoyed the, in my opinion, most beautiful month of the most beautiful Jersey Summer at the beach.
Miracles have been coming, fast and furious, which I’ll write about in later posts. But here is what I’ve learned, in the process.
- The Universe is conspiring to help us
- Being clear and specific about what you want is essential
- You’re never too old (or too young!) to live out your dream
- Letting go of the “how is this gonna ever happen?” allows the how to show up
My dream was to live at The Ocean Club and I had no idea how that could happen.
What is your dream?