Done with Real Estate courses

Texas Real Estate license requires 6 courses, each 30 hours long. So 180 hours total.

This week I finally finished the last course. Now I can finally relax. Well for a bit. I already applied for license on TREC website. Waiting for them to process my application and email me eligibility letter so that I can final exam. Also part of process to get fingerprinted for background check.

I am already getting tons of emails from brokers to join them. Not sure if they got my info from Real Estate school or from TREC. My next step should be to interview each broker and find out which one to join.

But for now I will relax a bit. Been an intense month or so.


The rise of the only child: Why more families are happy with one

From Discover on Google https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2019/0724/The-rise-of-the-only-child-Why-more-families-are-happy-with-one


Abandoned America

Abandoned America is one of the leading collections of American ruins on the internet, with hundreds of derelict buildings to explore.

Source: Abandoned America


Books for Quants – Towards Data Science

https://towardsdatascience.com/books-for-quants-1b0f51dd7745


Baby vs Dog

It is amazing how having your own kids changes everything.

I love my my dog and because of him I love almost all dogs. I hated leaving him home, so much, that I would not go to restaurants that don’t let dogs in patio. (With Whiskey Cake being notable exception). Every grocery trip, I would buy him a new toy, many times had arguments with wife because he had too many toys. Every vacation we would have huge argument because I wanted dog friendly vacation where we can take our dog.

Once I saw a friend’s child being rough with their dog and dog growled back. My friend got mad at the dog and put him in the crate. In my pre-fatherhood mind, this was horrible injustice. I knew enough to not say anything but I thought to myself I will never do that.

And then I have my own child. Initially, I was treating my dog and my son equally. If I buy a new toy for Ayden, I will get one for Simba too. Simba slept in bed with us while baby slept in the crib.

But soon I find myself favoring baby over dog. Started to leave Simba at home so we can go sit inside the restaurant with a/c. Buying toys for Ayden without buying anything for Simba. Now I sleep with Ayden and Simba sleeps on floor.

And now I find myself disciplining Simba if he growls even if it was Ayden who was being rough with him. Baby changes everything.


Blogging

One of my ideal career is of writer. As a writer, you have freedom to work from anywhere, whenever, and get inspirations from whatever. When I am working on my programming side-projects, I usually get impatient if I am doing something unproductive. Since I started 250 words challenge, I am always looking for ideas for my next blog post form whatever we are doing; watching movies, running errands, enjoying books.

I have attempted to write novels many times, and usually I ran out of steam within a few days. But have been writing blog posts in one form or another since 2002. Only problem is that I never thought blogging as a serious writing. It is more like my stream of conciseness. Sometimes I post affiliate links here and have made a few hundred dollars from those links.

Now that I have challenged myself to write at least 250 words everyday, I feel like that blogging can be my serious side-hustle. Also I have restarted listening to Side Hustle School podcast and there are plenty of examples of people generating serious income from their blogs. It does require more focus writing and marketing efforts though.

I like to keep this blog open to writing whatever strikes my mind but I will try to focus this around real estate, photography, and parenting.

Real Estate

Real Estate is easy. I am working towards my real estate license, then I plan to work part-time as agent and look into real estate investments opportunities. This blog will be perfect place to post about this journey.

Photography

Photography is easy too. I used to post a lot of photography here. Lately, I am reposting my old photographs here. And as I start exploring DFW for real estate opportunities, I will start taking more photos and post here.

Parenting

Parenting is the main reason why I am looking into real estate. I want a job which will let me spend more time with Ayden. As a reader, I read a lot of parenting books and there is so much to share. And while this is crowded space but combined with other focuses of this blog, this blog might stand out.

Photo by José Alejandro Cuffia on Unsplash


Deep Ellum Graffiti


Xenogears

Xenogears was my first RPG. I had tried to play Final Fantasy 7 but could not get into it.

The best thing about this game was the story and philosophical concepts in it. It is hard to sum up everything and it has been a long time since I played this game but you can read those concepts behind the story here.

Xenogears Box art


Dallas Skyline from Grand Hyatt

Just some of photos of downtown Dallas from Grand Hyatt hotel.


How This Real Estate Agent Made $100,000 In One Month From His YouTube Channel

From Discover on Google https://www.forbes.com/sites/jrose/2019/07/15/how-this-real-estate-agent-made-100000-in-one-month-from-his-youtube-channel/