Perseverance, Stress, Dedication, Anxiety – Gettings past some of life’s biggest hurdles

2 Feb

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I really want to start fixing up 49 Columbia, I really do. First thing is first, which is to stop hemorrhaging money I don’t have on 236 Allen. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, I can see it.

It’s been almost two months since the awesome crew from Precision Woodworks & Construction started framing the second floor. Bill lead his team of guys to finish the last bit of demolition from all the water damage that occurred over 14 months. December was unusually warm and we had some rain which helped find that last bit of leaks in the roof and patch those up. By mid December, it was officially water-tight!

What smoke and fire didn’t destroy on the second floor, water destroyed on the first. The ceilings had to come down, the shared wall along the majority of the house had to come out. Our pantry, and breakfast nook all had to be redone. This place is going to be better than it was before the fire.

The second floor is going to be brand new! We’ve used closed cell spray foam insulation, the top of the line type of insulation throughout the second floor. It fills in any gap stopping any air flow, acts as a fire retardant & sound barrier. With thinner walls of old construction homes, it’s difficult to get the thermal benefits of the newer codes with thicker framing. With closed cell foam, we’re able to be just as cozy as new construction, if not better!

A few rounds of spray foam and we’re tight as a drum. Some preparation to remove the over spray and we’re ready to sheetrock…


A week or so later, everything is sanded, primed, and painted! So close right now. This is where we are at in the reconstruction of this burned out house. Next thing is to refinish the wood floors throughout the house and trim! We’ll be putting this place on the market soon. It’s such a heartbreaking decision for us since this was our very first home and had so many memories.  We really wanted this to be our first rental unit and keep it as a sense of security and for retirement, but we’re just spread too thin and will have to let it go…

It’s been a long journey to get this far. Sort of stuck in the middle of “can’t afford to fix this place up” and “can’t afford to lose it!” Work hard, do what you can, don’t let the little or big things get you down, and be creative! You’ll find a solution if you look hard enough.

The Struggle is Real

9 Dec

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I can’t believe it has been over a year since my last post and I needed to take some time to reflect the reality of this situation.

Originally, this property purchase and blog was a fun and light hearted journey of mine, while trying to become fiscally secure with income other than trading hours for dollars to earn a living. Then things slowed down when we decided to buy a house and move out of Hudson, something we were comfortable with since 49 Columbia wasn’t a hurry project and we were making the progress with any money we saved from our photography business.

Everything changed on September 30th, 2014 when the house we moved out of and decided to keep as a rental property, further securing our financial future, literally went up in flames. Some things fell through the cracks on our end and insurance isn’t covering the loss so now every dollar we have is being used to try and fix up that house without losing it to foreclosure. It took almost a year before the neighboring property, where the fire originated, finally secured the roof and wall so I could move forward with my place. I just watched the bills get paid month by month, with nothing to show for it.


2015 was supposed to be one of the most successful years of my life. The studio is thriving. Something I am so blessed to be a part of. Yet, I can’t help feel an enormous sense of loss and stress as I realize my bank account has drained by almost $20,000 since the fire in mortgage costs and repairs. I can’t help but wonder what 49 Columbia would look like right now if everything had gone as planned. It’s not how you act when everything goes right, it’s how you react when it all goes wrong. I’m a fighter, and I’m going to things back on track. 2016 is going to be a fury of work, play, and ambition to the likes I have never put myself though.



I’ve spent the last year on a few other endeavors trying to creating side businesses. This is another reason 49 Columbia sat off to the side of my to-do list. We have no major capital to do these big things, so I started some little things.

The Photographer Success Story is a podcast I created in December, 2014. I interviewed 10 photographers in the Capital Region to let them tell their story. Podcasting is a profitable business when done right (like most businesses). I started off in a flurry of interviews, editing, and preparing for streams of revenue. Failure to get my website up and running due to technical problems with the type of theme I purchased really put a damper on things. I didn’t get the traffic I needed and lost momentum. Then I lost the time, which is all I really have in the winter months due to the nature of my photography business.

The one thing that’s been keeping me focused on not letting these assets go is my boy. My wife gave birth to our second child, a wonderful little hunker named Jarem in May. There’s nothing like being responsible for another human being and knowing deep inside that you’re going to do everything you can to ensure their survival.

Lastly, I’m publishing a list of my projects and dreams on my to-do list for 2016. I feel by writing it down and publishing it, I’ll be more accountable.

  • Molinski Photography – Continue to refine the business, remove myself as the bottleneck and build a team
  • 236 Allen St – Finish the repair, sell the property
  • KS Fitness – I’m a partner in this new business just up the street from my photography business; grow this with an international online presence while teaching classes locally
  • 90 Day Reset Academy – A subdivision of KS Fitness; a blueprint to help people get onto the right path for nutrition, fitness, and mental well-being.
  • The Photographer Success Story – Start interviewing photographers again, get the website up and running, build a team and let the chips fall where they may
  • 49 Columbia – Use the income from the sale of 236 Allen to invest in the complete overhaul of the property
  • Invent something – I have a book of ideas and I need to bring one to life

Looks like a tall order to fill and the one thing that I’m putting above all else is family. I know I need to do these things to ensure a comfortable future for all of us, but I don’t want to lose the time I have with them and miss their childhood. It’s a different generation than that of my parents and grandparents. I’m going to do it all.

Clearing a path, now you can walk through this house

31 Oct

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I haven’t produced a video in some time of the house interior. Here you go for your enjoyment:

Everything in this video need to be gone in two weeks. If it doesn’t get bought or bargained for, it’s gone!

The good news, the bad news, and the worst insurance nightmare.

22 Oct

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This is real life, not just a blog highlighting the ebbs and flows of a project house. So much has gone on in the last few months since my last blog entry, I don’t even know where to begin. In a nutshell, we found our dream home property, moved out of Hudson, dove headfirst into the “busy season” for our business, and then tragedy struck just a few weeks ago.

I wasn’t sure at the time if the incident at Goodwill put the nail in coffin of my dream […]

The weight loss clean out special! Part 2: Weight Gain & Refusal from Goodwill

4 Jul

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How do you have a weight loss of 440 .lbs and gain it back in 60 minutes?

Try donating to Goodwill and having them turn their backs on company policy!  After all my hard work and research throughout multiple website and companies, I was under the impression that Goodwill had a policy that made use of 99% clothes.  Here’s what I thought was going to happen […]

Second floor 50% clean, let there be light

28 Jun

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The saturday before Father’s Day, I spent the entire time to clean the second floor bedrooms and just listened to Podcasts.  There wasn’t a whole lot of unique finds.  Mostly the material is made up of clothes and old toys from the 80’s & 90’s.  Aparently all the really old stuff ended up in the store.  It’s almost like reverse packing.  The easiest access point filled up first and as time went on and the place got more filled, the owners had to go farther and farther back.  I will bet the newest stuff is in the room I’m currently cleaning, the far back of the second floor… […]

You can actually see the second floor’s floor!

25 Jun

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Dividing the time between actually doing the work of cleaning the place up and documenting it for this blog feels like a job.  That’s no fun.  After the last post’s weight loss, there has been plenty of room to work and lot’s has been going on.  The main room on the second floor has been completely cleared out, really showing off the square footage! […]

What is it? #3

23 Jun

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Good things come to those who wait.  Now I’m unveiling the third of an unlimited series of mystery objects. So here’s the question; What is it? […]

The weight loss clean out special! Recycling trumps garbage. Goodwill wins.

13 Jun

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I feel about 800 lbs lighter today! Loosing weight feels great and this is probably not the weight loss you’re used to seeing. I know it’s been quite some time since the last update, but that’s just life. After all, isn’t it better to be out living life and doing things than stuck at a computer writing? Now that I’ve got some down time, I’ll fill you in on what’s been happening at 49 Columbia and everything else on my mind.

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of craziness. […]

Kitchen and WC clean up completed, plus a couple finds

22 May

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Cleaning and organizing the kitchen and water closet went buy relatively quickly.  I’m not sure if it was because I spent longer blocks of time here with less distractions or if it’s because the space is only half the size of the store.  Either way it’s done and over with and I’m ready to move upstairs. This whole clean up thing is really starting to get old.

Kitchen at 3/4 clean
Kitchen at 3/4 clean
Clean kitchen
Clean kitchen

Before tackling this area, I went head and removed all […]