Well, things didn’t work out as I planned. I didn’t find a job with a decent wage, I never broke into my career like I wanted, I missed my family and friends, and, most importantly, I ran out of savings. So, I packed up all my belongings and came back to Thompson last week (on Thursday, to be exact). However, that doesn’t mean I’m not going to return to Winnipeg. In fact, this is just Attempt #1 of x (where x < ∞).
I officially got my job back with Compugen yesterday after a conference call with my boss. However, ever since I got back to Thompson, I got myself involved with a few things, keeping in mind that since I’m back in Thompson, I should take advantage of the opportunities I have.
The first thing is stock market investments. My Dad has been gaining experience with the stock market, so he’s loaning me some start-up cash and I setup a trading account at the bank. Making quick money will be the key to erasing my debt fast and saving up for a condo or house down south, as well as maximizing my investments portfolio and savings.
The second thing is property. My parents still own our old house, and we recently lost our tenant. However, the house is a mess from cigarette smoke, paint, and physical damage, so I volunteered to help fix up the house and take up landlord-like residence there, though I will officially be staying at home. I already started with painting, but we’ll be working on carpeting, flooring, fencing, and other small projects around the house. This will give me some hands-on experience with doing bad property flips and managing tenancies, since I plan to own and rent out property in the city for extra income.
The third thing is business. Colin and I discussed some business opportunities, and we plan to open up a storefront next year. I don’t want to say too much, but it will be something that Thompson could use, and there will be multiple services available. This is something I want to do for fun, plus the business management experience will look good on my resume.
Finally, I was so broke in Winnipeg that I couldn’t buy anything, but every time I needed something, I had to cough up the money out of my savings. So, I made a list of toys, tools, and supplies I will need for my next move out, now that I’ll be making good coin again. Better to buy now than cough up budgeted money later.
I try not to mention anything about my personal life here, but I recently went through a whirlwind romance that got me thinking about the future. I’m nearly 31 and I have nothing to show for my experience and age, least of all a significant other. If I want to have a girlfriend or wife, I’d better be well off enough that I can support her financially, or even manage the costs of having a relationship (especially since I don’t plan to date anybody in Thompson if I can help it).
In a nutshell, I’m back in Thompson, but I don’t plan on staying very long. I’m kicking ass, taking names, and getting paid. That’s all there is to it. As for my web design career, it’s being put on hold. Maybe after all is said and done, I’ll take some of those savings I hope to accumulate and go take a design course or something.
That is, if I don’t overdo it with the comic book collecting. 🙂