Life as I know it changed a few months ago. I had business opportunities in Las Vegas, Nevada a few times in my career but nothing had ever panned out. I went to Las Vegas to have surgery and ended up having to have a second surgery earlier this year. While I was there for recovery I made some new business contacts and began to start figuring out how to actually do commercial investment in this fast paced city. What I found out is, you really do have to know someone that knows someone.
Through the grace of God I found a really good business mentor that began to show me the ropes and start to introduce me around. I began looking at buildings or business investments into casinos and finally found out how things go. You can join in the casino investment groups for a price, but your percentage of return is very minimal. Less than .5% yield. That’s not worth my time. My 2 investment companies have worked too hard to have such a bad back swing on investments. So I kept looking.
We decided to make a bid on a casino in Reno, Nevada. For 2 months I went back and forth trying to make the deal happen. And finally we got it! I called my girlfriend right away and she was so excited for me. It’s a casino/hotel/spa and we are going to gut each section one by one to make it into a luxury hotel. This will be my biggest project yet. I can’t wait to see how things turn out. I really hope things go smoothly but God has taught me many times that life happens after you make your plans. I pray to make it through with grace and a sense of humor at least.
The other casino project I managed to get myself into is on the Strip. It is almost completed with the exterior. I own only 5% of that project after 3 weeks of daily negotiations but once it is up and going, it will be very lucrative. 5% of daily intake will add up quickly and I will be able to justify to my Board of Directors the investment I had to explain over and over. In owning less than 5% in a casino I didn’t have to get a gaming license, but I got one anyway because I plan to turn my profits into additional percentages over the long term agreement. It’s all so confusing and it honestly gives me a headache trying to keep track of things. In total we have over 20 projects currently going strong and it keeps me on the phone, in meetings, and traveling around the country a lot.
I adopted a beautiful cat which I named Penelope. She is a sweetheart and very cuddly. Unless she’s ripping up paper, newspaper, curtains, or anything that she finds fun to tear up. I love her and she is a great addition into my life. There is also another addition but I will get into that later. That’s a story on its own which I will be posting about soon.
I am enjoying the weather here in Vegas. It has gotten really hot over the past few days and will be boiling hot all next week. I will be going to Paris, France for a week. I have meetings there until 3pm each day and then we will go sightseeing and enjoy the local cuisine, art, and anything else we want to experience. I have looked forward to this trip for months. I am excited to share all that I know and be able to speak French fluently again and work on keeping my dialect on point. I love Paris. I have lived there for a year when I was in my 20s and enjoyed everything about it. I have rented out an apartment overlooking downtown for privacy with a separate elevator and back entrance so we may come and go as we please without having to deal with anyone else that lives in the building. It has been fully stocked for my arrival and will have all of my favorite foods stocked the day before we arrive. I usually get into town and crash. Taking a nap after an 8 hour flight in from New York is just what you need to begin the jetlag cure. And the time different doesn’t help either.
My broken foot finally healed. I ended up breaking it in 3 places across the bottom. Let me tell you that is a pain that is a reminder on every step. I had a cast, then a boot, then a brace. All of which are off. I find myself favoring it a little bit when I walk instead of trusting that it is healed. I want to start jogging again but I have been a little leary of that. We have been walking in the mornings and that is going well. I like to start my day with physical activity. Of all kinds 😉
I have found some really great books lately. I miss reading I have not had the time to dive into a good book. I have a pile in my library that I need to start reading someday. If I wasn’t flying us overseas that would be a great time to at least get one going. Maybe when I get back home I will find the time.
I plan to get home from Paris and start traveling again. I need to check in with work stuff and make sure things are going well. I had just purchased a house in Oklahoma and had barely begun living in it when Las Vegas came up. I’m most likely going to sell it and continue living here, against my Board of Directors wishes. They prefer I come back to Chicago and keep business going. I would rather stay here and get new business going. It’s been a struggle.
My life has finally begun to make sense and I pray to God everyday that peace remains. I am so thankful for my life and am very happy to have my girlfriend to share it with me. We get along so easily. We find ourselves cracking up laughing so many times. She really is a joy in my life and I’m so blessed to know her. She really has the biggest heart of any woman I know. So kind and loving. And so easy to get along with. I love that about her. I love everything about her.
I am going to find more time for fun and less time for work. My family has been encouraging me to slow down. My friends are wanting to see me more. And I really do need to find a balance. Work will never fulfill me completely. I know God gives me what I can handle, but there are days I feel overwhelmed with decisions, emails, and a to do list that never stops. We are hiring more people to help out and I am currently looking for an office space in Las Vegas.
It’s been a great time this year for me. I look forward to whatever happens the rest of this year. I thank God for everything that has changed. I know I work for it and earn all of these amazing things but I am humbled by all that I have. I am so excited for my future!
Thank you for all coming here. I appreciate your time. Have a great night!