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So, what's on your list?

I like to "putter" and "dabble." I putter in the garden (pulling weeds, designing beds), I putter around the house (new crown moldings, replastering walls), I dabble in the stock market. Not only do I think that puttering and dabbling will be activities I'll want to carry over into retirement, but I'll be able to continue using them to generate income. The income generating potential of the stock market is pretty obvious, but I've also discovered a way to make use of my puttering to earn money - buying "fixer-uppers." I'm a landlord and I love it!

My investment goals include a roughly even mix of stock and real estate investments. Right now I've got half as much in real estate as I do in the stock market, which says to me that it's time to buy another property! I just need to finish up some projects for work and I'll start hunting again.

Come to think of it, I think these puttering activities also serve as exercise and a reason to get out of the house. What do you think, have I covered my bases? :)

BTW, my work has almost no structure (although I'm working on that). I'm self-employed, so I work when the mood strikes me. This method is not doing great things for the budget, so I'm going to have to try to add some structure now!

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