My best friend once commented on the choice one has with careers. You can do something practical, that will ensure an income and a decent standard of living with money leftover to invest -- which will lead to financial freedom and peace of mind. The other choice is to follow your dreams, which is also important, but it comes with a high price tag. For me, the job of my dreams doesn't earn much money, and it would be better suited as a hobby. So I made a decision to be practical with the remaining working years I had. Afterall, I've had a lot of fun and adventure already!
I began thinking that once Aidan is school age, I need to be primed and ready to go back out into the work world and make the most of the next 20 years so that by retirement, Golf and I will be comfortable, Aidan will be sure of a good college education, and we can go travel and do fun things together. I also want to be able to do that WHILE I'm working and putting in the money. It might even be nice to be able to retire early. You never know.
And what will I do? Well, I always have loved watching these shows on TV: House Hunters, Curb Appeal, landscape shows and house flipping shows. It's always interesting to me how the value goes up and for how much. I've walked into a few open houses for sale just to take a looky loo and always look at the price flyers that are sometimes posted with the For Sale signs.
Now I always thought that the real estate market was already saturated. Just look at this housing boom! However, a successful friend of Golf's made a point that real estate will always be a viable investment no matter what. This wave is just ending and there will be another one -- it's cyclical. He mentioned that as a real estate appraiser, I can get enough knowledge about the real estate market to know when I see a deal for our own acquisition. That's the real value in the job, rather than the salary. And in the meantime, we both just have to save, save, save for our first down payment.
So it's a career move that feels practical and it feels like something I would actually enjoy and benefit from. I found an online course for less than $700 and I can do it in my spare time while still taking care of Aidan and the house. Ideally, I could begin working part time after Aidan's first birthday since my husband works from home. I finally feel like this is something that I can actually do, and we might just succeed at it! :)