Life in Progress

I think I've got my life plan for the next 5 years or so. I think, but then again, this is me we're talking about, so it could change in 2 weeks...

Right now what I'm planning on doing is moving home for 6 months to a year, however long it takes for me to get a promotion to assistant manager at Starbucks.. I'll do that for a year or 2, maybe 3, until I feel fully comfortable with running a store, the location I'm in and all of that. I won't stay in Florida to take the promotion of course, I'll go to Portland at that time, rather than going now. After a few years at Starbucks in management, I'll apply for a small business loan and open my own tea and coffee shop. It won't be super espresso like based like Starbucks is, it'll be more tea based, with some coffee thrown in for those die-hard drinkers. We'll have pastries and cookies, and other goodies, but no real food.

That sounds like a plan, right?

At any rate, I think I'll be more likely to be approved for the loan if I have money stashed away for it, and if I have management experience. I still have to figure out logistics of everything.

For example, I have a ton of stuff here in LA. When I move home, all I have to take home is my clothing & movies, so I'm going to either have to sell everything, or rent a storage unit. I don't think I'd get what all my stuff is actually worth if I sold it all. I'll probably sell a few things, like my amazing orange chairs. But things like the TV, I might get $100, but I paid $300 for it. And there's nothing wrong with it. I might get a decent deal for some of the basics, like lamps & my couch & all that, but it might be worth it to move it, especially because I don't know what I might have to pay to replace stuff. So I'm planning on storing some stuff. I still have to do research on what a storage unit is going to cost. Of course, storing stuff means that I'll have to move to Portland via LA, which means taking a longer route, but I think I can live with that. Plus, I can always change my mind and sell a bunch of it or even move back here a few years down the road.

God I sound so logical and planned out. I can't recall being this sure of anything before.

Question of the Day: What do you think of my plan?


BlueCoder said...

If you choose storage then I suggest you get storage up north. 50-100 miles or so. It will be much much cheaper.

My storage unit in Portland was something like $60 a month at the time but the same size would have cost me $200-$300 around here.

A bonus is that you can get cars really cheap up there plus there is no sales tax, or at least there still wasn't the last I checked. Plus it's cheap enough that it's possible to get an apartment for yourself.

Don't forget your depression pills and have the local number of the suicide hotline readily available. I seriously got a case of the blues up there during fall and winter. I didn't know what weather was until I moved away from LA.

Anonymous said...

You should rent a POD...and then lvie in it. Think about it...your own little POD with a satelite dish on top....drill a hole for a Franklin Stove...you'd be set!