He still gave us a wonderful review, honest but still sweet. There goes our first review in AirBnB glory. We were up for so more. After a month I decided if I want to continue 5 star reviews, I have to invest in a reliable Wi-Fi, which I did. PLDT of course. Then came the cable TV, 85 channels, some of which are HD, we were on a roll.
You Gotta Invest Some to Earn Some
Bills started pouring in but it's okay, guests were also pouring in. It has been a wonderful experience so far, hosting guests from different walks of life, different country, different preferences, it is just a continuous learning about everything. Customer service, reception, profit and loss, budgeting, you name it.
Fast forward to now, six months after, Hermie (my childhood friend and our ever reliable Representative) and I work like clockwork. We never rest, if we are not checking in a guest or checking out a guest we are talking about what to change, what works, what doesn't, how to be more efficient. We use technology to our advantage. We joined Lights community for real-time updates, have support when needed on different areas. We are learning a lot and are enjoying every bit of it.
As the day goes by however my passion for decor won't stop bugging me. It's increasing intensity is just driving me bananas. Some of it are good, it pushes me to be more creative and have a diversion from the hectic life of an HR. But when it comes to a point that I am awake at night, whatever remaining hours available to sleep is spent on Pinterest, Google research, Youtube, printed materials, it's time to do something about it.
Right, so I have a dilemma. Because of the current economic downturn, we didn't really receive the expected used-to-be bonus amount, we still receive but like a token of appreciation. No increase too like the previous years. So, I really have to live within my means. But how does that help me fix the condo unit that's been bugging me for awhile?
Shop around for contractor, look at the cost, where can I cut and which areas I just need to invest on.
I shopped, I studied, I draw the line, I cut on some areas, gave up some ideas and postpone some. I have to be realistic. On top of the additional mortgage, I'll have this extra expenses which I frankly don't know where I'll get but I strongly feel I can find a way.
The Lightbulb Moment
They say when you sleep is when your brain solves problems or issues you can't solve when you are conscious. One night after so many days of racking my brain, it hit me! Postpone an installment of my loan for a month, I checked the price I have to pay for postponing and weighed the value of what I'll gain... it's worth it.
I didn't waste time, the month before I applied for postponement, closed a deal with contractor, gave them my design preference and what I'm gunning for. Done.
I Always Look for the Difficult
One wonderful Saturday, while working on a project at work (my other life as an HR), I suddenly have a vision of more. I quickly went to research mode, calculations, basically preparing a pitch to my hubby.
I sat in Costa cafe in Ibn Battuta Mall from 10AM and by 9PM, I finished my presentation for work, coordinated the check-in for an incoming guest and checked on our current one while holding in my laptop a proposal and justification of why hubby should agree to go ahead with another investment.
I Propose, He Said YES!
I showed him my research and how we can go about paying, timelines, and I must look like I'll start singing with glee, he asked, "you want it?". I whispered a scream "yes!". And he said, "go for it". And that my friends is what you call "unconditional love". My husband knows I'm crazy. He knows it's a huge risk. But because I have the look of crazy happy with gleaming eyes, he said GO FOR IT.
One of my many big dreams is to host more, in one place. Country style. Could be back home or somewhere tropical or somewhere with 4 seasons. I want our kids to have a legacy from us. Not a dead investment but an investment that will give them the tools to take on more investments and afford them a comfortable future.
We're Getting There
My dream evolves. I get inspired by people around, successful people, happy people, people going through hardships in life. I dream from my heart, I don't do what I do by copying others. I do what I do to tell my little me, "we're getting there".
Although, I can't have my full on country style abode right now but I sure want to start building my trademark.
"Something something by Nin-ya Aninias"
This was another one of those light-bulb moments. I have tons of those in a day, some are genius ideas, some are just plain crazy. Any idea that doesn't sound so crazy to be admitted to a sanitarium, I jot down in my idea book.
Part 4 in progress...