June 19, 2014

House Sitting

I was house-sitting for my sister who had gone away on a long business trip of 2 weeks to Hawaii. Can you imagine that? Her company sent her out to Hawaii to train a group of people for two weeks, all expenses paid, of course. Gosh! I wanted her job. I have my own online business and I am doing well with it but there are a few things here and there that chained me to Baltimore and I can’t easily take a trip anywhere unless someone else covers for me. Luckily for my sister someone can cover for her, at least taking care of her house, when she is gone. I went grocery shopping on the third day and realized I had left the keys inside the house. I looked for a residential locksmith service in Baltimore right away.

How could I forget to take the keys? I think the problem started when I had accustomed myself to a little ritual for every time I get in or out of my house and the car. You see, I have trained myself to always double check I have my keys when I come out of my house or my car. What happened that instance is that I did follow my “double-check ritual” but I had my own house keys in hand when I checked instead of my sister’s. My brain played a trick on me!

Luckily the locksmith service guys arrived quickly and were able to aid me. I did not of course tell my sister as to not worry her. She was having a great time in Hawaii and I did not want to spoil it for her. She even said she met someone interesting at her company’s Hawaiian offices. When she came back, they continued talking over the phone and online. So much change can happen in period of time as short as two weeks, isn’t it? I had to take a picture of the house lockout for future laughs! (See below)

June 4, 2014

Safe Lock

My mother gave me a surprise the other day. I had been delayed in my bills from the past few months and so she wanted to help me out. She gave to me the jewelry my great-grandmother had left her when she passed away. I thought it would be just a few earrings, necklaces and rings. Judging from her old pictures, it seemed like my great-grandmother was a very humble person who rarely got dressed up to impress others. To my surprise, she actually owned a pretty expensive collection of jewelry, a $50,000 worth collection! I did not know what to think. But I did know I needed a safe lock box for it.

There were quite a few robberies in my neighborhood last year and I was not expecting it to drastically decrease this year. So to be on the safe side, I bought myself a safe lock box and placed all the jewelry in it, well, almost all of it. I grabbed $20,000 worth and paid off my two credit card bills with it! A big burden was taken off my back when I did so. It’s incredible how much stress financial hardship can have on people. Those who are not able to bear the stress end up in really bad shape, physically or emotionally. I used to be one of them.

Now my next plan is investing the rest! How can I triple or quadruple my $30,000?! Here’s one question to ponder upon. Should I open up a small business? Should I buy artisan merchandise and re-sell it online for a higher price? I had already been thinking about that! One thing I know for sure is that I am truly blessed. You never know what will come to you, so be open to anything! And keep in mind that you will receive your blessings when you least expect them. Have a great day!