Saying Good-Bye to 2018 and Hello to 2019

First of all, I want to wish all of you a wondrous and Happy New Year in 2019!

There is always the excitement of ringing in a New Year, to wipe the slate clean and start over again.

We reflect on the good, the bad and the ugly of 2018, and begin with a life anew in 2019.

Myself, it’s been a challenging and trying 2018:

1. The kitchen remodel we began at the beginning of the year (with concepts, designs, research) did not finish in 2018, and with a few big mistakes that happened along the way with a few sub-contracters and such, it’s been more ‘the kitchen remodel from hell’ sort of scenario. But, so far the kitchen remodel DOES look pretty spectacular, although along the way my wife and I had turned into total perfectionists. Well, when you’re shelling out thousands of dollars you want things to go smoothly. And what we thought was a quick remodel that would be ready in time for Thanksgiving, we now have to carry this kitchen remodel over into 2019. And hopefully, and God-willing, it will be done sometime in January, because it has been quite stressful for us having to deal without a kitchen for so many months. The kitchen is truly the heart of the home!

2. Christmas Day Accident. Well, I feel so bad about getting into an accident on Christmas Day. I’m glad it was minor and that we have auto insurance. But, I’m trying to focus on the fact that my wife and I were not injured physically, although mentally we were devastated, in which case, the trauma of it all can be just as bad. Although I pray and meditate that we will get through this.

3. No Trips Abroad. Because of the kitchen remodel we weren’t able to travel anywhere in 2018. The kitchen remodel literally took up our time, energy and money. But, that was to be expected. Our new appliances alone were worth the cost of one trip somewhere. And the total cost of the kitchen remodel will equal perhaps 5 trips abroad. But, we look forward to traveling once again in 2019.

4. Gig Situation. As a musician, I realize that gigs come and go. Bands come and go. That is why I prefer to be a freelancer, which puts the advantage back to me, since I’m like a ‘hired gun’, so to speak. And I like it that way. I have my own solo piano gig that has been going on strong, and I pray I continue to play piano gigs in 2019. But, I love the balance between playing piano and playing drums. And, as a freelancer, I get to pick and choose the gigs I want to do. I’m not desperate for work and as a drummer I am not competing with other drummers. Since I am a Day Trader, hustling for gigs has been a thing of the past. I play when I am called to play, if I can make the gig and the gig is what I enjoy, which is mostly playing Jazz. And, it works well for me. For instance, I don’t have a New Year’s Eve gig, but no worries. It just means I get to spend it with family.

5. Day Trading. In 2018, after more than 10 years of trading stocks, I jumped into Day Trading since the overall markets were in a downtrend and I found I could make money trading the volatility of the stock market. And I think I really have a knack for it, and all those years of meditation and Yoga have paid off. And, I stick to a simple strategy that ensures I make money everyday. So, I head into the New Year with a new skill, where sometimes I make more money than a doctor or nurse makes in a day, but within a few hours down to a few minutes. I work only within the first two hours of trading, and I am free for the rest of the day to play golf (lol) or do whatever it is I need to do, without having to be bogged down to a regular day job where I have to put in at least 8 hours a day. In 2018, Day Trading has turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

6. And there are so many things that I want to accomplish in 2019… and not really look at resolutions per se, but goals to achieve in 2019. So, I’ll be preparing my annual list of goals to achieve in 2019.

Let’s hope we all accomplish what we set out to do in 2019. Happy New Year! I wish you the best, and much joy and prosperity for the future.



Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and

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