Austin Trip

So after being in Dallas for slightly over 6 years I decided to pay Austin a visit. Keep Austin weird is the motto. I didn’t get to see the whole place by any stretch, but here are a couple pictures.

Brunch at the Galaxy Cafe
Cool looking church
The couch I slept on while my friends slept in a bed hahaha
Kitchen with an amazing backsplash
Near Apple Building One and Two in Austin, TX
Capitol Building – Austin, TX

Austin seems like a place I’d enjoy. It’s bike friendly, clean, more culture, and variety….However it’s way more expensive than North Dallas, particularly if I ever were to decide to purchase a house. Plus my friends and job are here…. 😀

The trip involved 2 tanks worth of premium fuel @ ~$80. I intentionally avoided toll roads. Meals netted out to about $100 thanks to friends treating me to a birthday dinner the first night. They also covered the cost of the airbnb which I believe have been about $90 total for the 2 nights we stayed.

I’m content at 34. Haven’t accomplished everything I wanted to yet. I certainly could stand to make some gains on the earnings side of the equation. Even if things aren’t perfect, there is a lot to be grateful for. I’m still in the top 1% of income earners in the world.

This week I just hit *1000* miles on my bikes since 2014. May not sound like a lot, but to me it’s huge. When I first moved to Dallas, things were so bad that I never imagined being able to afford a nice bike to have around. I was just treading water. A lot can change in a few years if you keep chipping away at things. Be well and live with passion!

Credit Card Update – $6,659

It’s August 1st. I’m going to be 34 in a week.

Current Credit Card Balance: $6,659. Made considerable progress, almost $1k below where I was last month. Won’t get too far into expenses, but life isn’t always cheap. Still unsure about whether I will get a bonus, but that would help speed things up quite a bit.

401k: $28k
Roth IRA: $971. Start contributed to it again, not a ton of money but still something.
Car: Current balance is $23,654.50.

I’m really just tired of owing anyone money.
It’s kinda funny, in 2001 I had an 8 year old car that was paid off and I drove for 4 more years. Income was a fraction of what is it today, but life was simpler then. Biggest debt was student loans, but even those were so small. I had hiccups along the way and maybe a few lapses in judgement, but I did do some things right.

Speaking of lapses in judgement, my friend with the $900 car lease and $2400k/mo rent is teetering close to disaster. Banked on some things happening related to his job that never did. Now his rent is due and he has no idea how he will pay it.