Here is my monthly lifestyle update for April 2020.
What’s in this update for you?
Publishing this update is my way of showing you a holistic approach to live your life. Taking care of your finances should go along with your desired lifestyle. Here you can read all the previous updates.
This update goes along with my monthly net worth reports, where I’m glad to share my investment details and financial progress.
Related: April 2020 net worth report and more
I hope to inspire you to truly live the way you wish to and work towards it.
My view is that money for the sake of making money is wrong. You should strive to live the way you wish for.
Last thing, If you are looking to get your finances ready so you can go nomad, I invite you for a free financial fitness call with me.
Just click the link and book a time on my calendar.
Let’s jump in!
Table of Contents
PERSONAL LIFESTYLE AND PROFESSIONAL LIFE UPDATE
SHARING MY KNOWLEDGE
How to Work Remote effectively? – Last month I released the following video, which got excellent responses. I’m planning on releasing more of these for remote working. What questions do you have that you’d like me to make a video on? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll publish more of these.
Here is the first video:
TRAVEL & CORONA VIRUS UPDATE
Not much is going on on this front. We already have the travel bug coming up, and we say to ourselves we would like to go on another adventure. However, it’s obviously quite complicated now, and there are other personal reasons for us to postpone another trip for now.
No more lockdown in Israel, there are only a few restrictions left. The number of new people getting infected every day is now on the low tens in the last few days. Let’s hope the trend continues.
As for the next place, we’d like to go. We have a few options we consider.
- Going back to Chiang Mai for 2nd round. We had a lovely 2.5 months there three years ago, and we love the vibe of that place.
- South of Spain – In a little town called La Herradura, there is a vibrant homeschooling community, which we would like to get to know more. We have friends who lived there, and we would like to try it too. As mentioned before, my wife and I are learning Spanish, and even our 4-year-old is interested. So, that’ will be good for our language skills as well.
- Central America – I’m interested in exploring a completely new place. I’ve never been and curious to discover.
- Fiji – We have an invitation from a friend coming to visit there. Two things that make it challenging. a. It’s very far; therefore, while we go there, it’s worth making it a long trip to Australia and New Zealand also. b. It’s an expensive trip which for now I’m not sure we can afford. So, a low chance of going for this option.
Wondering, what is your next destination? And can you perhaps recommend and give more ideas to me? Write it in the comments.
No changes in my store this month. I now have products for adults and not only for kids.
In a nutshell, let’s say you’d like to save for a vacation somewhere. I created a vacation savings tracker for people to visually see how much they saved for that vacation and keep them motivated towards that goal of making it happen.
I have this product for ten countries so far (Italy, France, The Bahamas, Spain, Germany, Japan, Jamaica, The Dominican Republic, the United Kingdom, and India).
For kids, I created countdown activity for the family vacation (31 countries so far). The kids can color the flag of that target country counting down the days before the trip.
So far, the store didn’t bring in the sales I intended to bring. So, I contemplated if I should close it or not.
In the last two months, I’ve mentioned I’d give it till May. Some of my listings were set to renew in May. Therefore I canceled these so I won’t be charged on them (Etsy charges you every four months for renewing a listing). I still have some listings that run. I invite you to have a look at the store. Because I’m closing, I’m glad to give a generous 35% discount on the products. But there is a catch… Just kidding!….
To get the discount code, you’d need to send me a message. I’m glad to share it with you.
Here are two examples:
READING UPDATE AND READING CHALLENGE
I finished reading a book titled Love the Land as Thyself by Zev Vilnay. It’s an old book in Hebrew of one of the early Geographers and tour guides of Israel. As someone who likes maps and travel, It was a fascinating read and how things changed since the 60s or 70s. I’m not sure you can get it online, so no link here. Sorry.
I’m currently reading the book From the Holy Mountain: A Journey Among the Christians of the Middle East by William Dalrymple. This is a travel book. I read a previous book by William Dalrymple about India and decided to give this a try too. I found that one on an outside exchange shelf in the street where we live. The language of this book is much harder than other books I read, so I don’t understand every sentence. However, it’s still enjoyable. It’s telling the story of the Christians of the middle east, showing that Christianity’s originals are not western as we mostly think of it, but eastern. Unfortunately, 25 years ago, when this book was written, the Christian situation in the middle east was terrible, not to mention that probably now even worse.
I finished just last night reading The Cash Machine, A tale of Passion, Persistence, And Financial Independence by Dave Mason. I enjoyed reading it. I count myself as a money-savvy person. However, it was refreshing to read a guide book in the form of a novel and not as a non-fiction book of a how-to guide.
It’s a story of 2 friends. One is taking the typical path of a day job and a career in venture capital. While the other is building himself a real estate portfolio, calling it: “A Cash Machine.”
Dave and Chana Mason did excellent research on the characters and story making it an easy read, entertaining, which doesn’t take out from its educational value. I learned a few new things also.
SHLOMO’S BOOKSHELF: READ
My wife and I keep learning Spanish together, and we enjoy this more and more. We now do several things:
- We are in the middle of a course by Olly Richards: Spanish uncovered. We are finishing lesson #5 currently.
- We are taking live lessons with a community teacher from Costa Rica we found on italki.com
- A few weeks after we signed up for Olly’s class, we got a signed copy of his book – Short Stories in Spanish for Beginners (Teach Yourself). It’s not too easy, so it’s not exciting and not too hard, so you don’t get anything when reading. It’s well written and has a vocabulary list and questions at the end. We enjoy reading them.
With going into a routine intensive exercise, my goal is to see my blood test improve in about a month.
What’s the routine? Well, I have the headstands, which I’m now able to do.
The 2nd thing is a 7-minute workout using this app.
I do it almost every day with my daughter, she does some of it with me, and It’s fun exercising with her. However, I still don’t like the exercise itself and not looking forward to it.
After listening to Atomic habits, I know it’s a hard thing to stick with. Doing it with my daughter is one thing that helps me stick with it. Another thing is the result I’m expecting in two months with my blood test (nothing major, just trying to improve some parameters). And the last thing is seeing the streak in the app. It somehow makes it bearable.
I decided to commit to doing intensive (even though it’s short) exercise at least five days a week. We have a table where we mark X every day when doing it.[show]
Also, once a week, I’d like to have a long bicycle trip with my daughter. So, this will count as exercising too (25 KM carrying a 4-year-old at the back of the bicycle is intensive enough for me). My goals are doing rides longer than 10 KM to count as the daily exercise.
WEEKLY BICYCLE TRIPS
Yep, I realized, I’d like to develop this part and make more long-distance trips with my daughter. My goal is to have a multi-day trip with a tent with the whole family. So, this is the right way of developing this muscle.
Here is my last trip with her:
- Getting rid of huge piles of dishes in the kitchen sink – It’s a success. We definitely have smaller piles of dishes now in the sink. And it really doesn’t look overwhelming as it used to be.
- Getting rid of large unfolded piles of laundry – We managed to eliminate vast piles of laundry lying down at home, waiting to be folded. That’s a success.
So, I encourage you to see how you can change things in your environment, instead of struggling with bad habits. Go declutter!
We moved back to a weekly call, which is better than once every two weeks.
Next week we are about to work on our group project for this cycle. We will work on finding our job strengths and weaknesses. I will update you more on this next time.
NOW OVER TO YOU
So, how is this update helping you?
Did you discover anything new?
Are you tracking your finances and see the progress?
Is this update too long? Boring?
Feel free to add a comment, I read them all and promise to reply.