Net Worth Update November 2015

Here is our net worth update as of November 1, 2015. I have been sidelined with a terrible virus. The hypochondriac part of me thinks I might have pneumonia.

After work I drag myself to the sofa and collapse. I hope things get better soon. I have watched a lot of Netflix and for some reason the common theme seems to be hiking movies. I have never been hiking, beyond a leisurely stroll in the woods, but now I am aching to go. I have connected with a friend and we have made plans to go for a hardcore hike next summer.

Take a Hike!

I have no outdoor equipment so the challenge will be to procure what we need with minimal cost. I did some online browsing and what we need is not cheap. Does anyone have any equipment I can borrow?

So, here are the movies that have me all fired up and jumping on the hiking bandwagon.

  1. Wild

I LOVED this movie. I think I have watched it 4 times this week (In my defense I have been sick remember.) It is based on Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling book chronicling her vision quest like hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. It is a film about recovery, healing and hope. For reasons I am not sure I can explain, the threads of Simon and Garfunkel’s El Condor Pasa (If I Could), that run through the movie like an anthem, are partly to blame for my sudden interest in packing up and getting away from it all.  Here is the trailer:


2. The Way

“You know most people don’t have the luxury of just picking up and leaving it all behind Daniel.”

The Way is a film about a father son pilgrimage along the European Camino de Santiago.  Clearly, I don’t get out much, because I had never heard of this journey until watching the film. The movie features a merry band of international misfits, beautiful scenery and a somewhat slow but heartwarming journey to reconciliation.

3. Tracks

I am repeating myself here, because I have talked about this film before but I think it might be a sign from the universe that I have been bombarded with movies about long, grueling, spiritual hikes. Or maybe, it just turns out that these types of movies are popular due to nomadic genes in our ancient DNA so they appeal to  a lot of people, or it is just Netflix algorithms.

Tracks is the story of Robyn Davidson’s trek across the Australian outback – a journey I don’t believe I am capable of. I fell hard for the camels and if I had the means, I would have my own herd right now.

The Message

~~~I have a longing to get away from it all!~~~

On With the Net Worth Business

Anyway, on with what you are probably here for…

October was really good to us.  We are sooooo close to 1 million in assets. I can share that I closed half of my Netflix straddle this month – I will publish an update and the outcome once I have completely closed out the position.

net worth messy money November 2015

*Does not include things with engines, pension, education savings, used hockey equipment etc. You can find my net worth and a gaggle of other bloggers over at the Rock Star Finance Ultimate List.  

Year over Year Net Worth

It has been over a year now that I have published our net worth. I should have shown the year over year view last month but better late than never.  This is the change since October 5th, 2014.

net worth messy money Year over year

We have made some really great progress and I hope we can keep up the momentum. The problem is that almost everything we own is broken right now.

The roof continues to decay, my car is not running, the snowmobile is toast, our mattress is shot, the stove is clinging to life, AND the electronic panel on the hot tub has died. We are going to need to dig deep, prioritize, MacGyver things and explore hard-core frugal. I hope you will follow along…

As always thanks for visiting and I hope I am a little more active around here once I recover from this virus.


  1. I hope you feel better. If you can’t shake the cough or it gets worse, do go see a doctor. It might not be pneumonia but it could be/become bronchitis. Tim’s asthma makes him *really* susceptible to colds becoming pneumonia. As we found out in 2 ER visits in 2 years. When he wasn’t insured.

    But yeah, it’s probably just a bad cold, so keep resting as needed. Netflix and chill, baby!
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    1. Thanks – Finally on the mend. Wow that was brutal. I am a neurotic hand washer but I guess you can’t avoid every bug. Hope Tim stays well this winter.


  2. Nice work on the net worth growth! Re: hiking, remember that it’s just walking. 🙂 You really don’t need much if any specialized equipment to do it — just regular sneakers work for virtually all hikes, along with any old backpack. If you need hiking boots, it means you’re carrying too heavy a pack, and then the answer is not to get the boots, but to lighten the pack! 🙂
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    1. I was your sweet financial update – you have a 25+ year plan – way ahead of most everyone. Sometimes I have trouble planning a week out. LOL.
      Thanks for stopping by and you are probably right about the hiking. I have jumped on a bandwagon.


  3. I haven’t seen any of these movies. I do want to see Wild. We have the new James Bond movie on the to see list first. Net Worth is looking good. Always seems to work out that way, when you get close to completing a big goal something jumps up to slow it down. Maybe you can band-aid some of those things around the house while you continue to stretch for the million mark.
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    1. Comedian Jeff Foxworthy has a saying that applies to us “If it ain’t Broke-It ain’t Ours”- LOL Solving the list of broken things is going to be a challenge and is going to require we make some decisions but up for the challenge.


  4. Regarding hiking, what is it that you believe you need? You can start small hikes with a pair of running shoes and yoga pants. 🙂
    C’mon one million! You are getting close. I also feel like things around me are conspiring to break these days, and we’re trying to hold off buying replacements.
    Nicely done, October 🙂
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    1. Yes, you are probably right – I could just take a hike locally without the need for equipment of plane tickets. I tend to bite off more than I can chew and this might another case of that. Maybe I just need a vacation..


  5. I loved everything about this post, except that you’re not feeling well. I’ll be praying for your quick and complete recovery. Congrats on the fantastic financial progress! 🙂 I think I will be checking out that first movie especially. I think we all have escape fantasies, yours has just been accelerated by your work circumstances. Um, and maybe all those broken things at home …


    1. Thanks Kay. I really enjoyed Wild (clearly I watched it 4 times) – I hope you enjoy it too.


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