Mother's day always makes me reflect not just on my beautiful family but also on where I'm at on my property investment and business journey. You see I started investing when I was pregnant with my first son and launched Property Bloom, my development project management business just after he was born.
He's turning fourteen this year and my youngest will be eight soon. Setting up an investment portfolio, running a family and a business has been my labour of love during this time and I've had a good time with it.
Slowly over time I've been teaching my sons little things about saving and investing. My goal is for them to each buy their first property when they turn eighteen. I've set up a savings account for them both that will hopefully contain enough for a deposit by then. I guess I'll probably have to guarantee their loan but I'm looking forward to helping them choose their first property very carefully as it will need to have high cash flow as I assume they won't be earning too much at eighteen - but they will be earning. The part time jobs I had as a kid gave me some great experience and good foundations of responsibility.
Planning for this first investment will be one of the legacies that I leave them. Can you imagine buying your first property at eighteen? I wish I had, imagine its value now? I can almost hear them say when they turn thirty..."I'm so glad mum taught us to start our property portfolio at such a young age." Well that's what I'm hoping they'll say anyway.
Out of interest, I asked my eldest son to write down five things he thought about me as a mother; I said it can be good, bad or ugly. This is what he wrote: reliable, loyal, loving, funny and smart (in that order)
I notice he left out anything to do with cooking (there's a good reason)! I'm pretty pleased with that list I think. He elaborated a little by saying,
"Mum you are all these things because I see you work hard and you do so much for us. Also, you have to be reliable as you are looking after your client's property developments!"
Well that's true. I asked him if I really was funny and he said ''yes but only sometimes".
That pretty much does me for a Mother's Day present then; those five words make my heart sing.
Happy Mother's Day to all the mums out there, I hope you get showered with loving words too (the odd bunch of flowers won't go astray either!).