It is how I feel, it does sound a little bit dickish to say it… but I am intellectually lonely. Continue reading Intellectually Lonely.
Moments of buying and then the moments of remorse are typical feelings for anyone saving for that moment where you can declare that you have FIRED! Financial Freedom Retired Early. (F.I.R.E) My latest purchase was a camera, a vblogging camera to be precise. Specifically for the act of video blogging. If I an honest with myself, my iphone could have done the job just fine, … Continue reading Saving for a F.I.R.E
Who looses out when you show gratitude? Nobody. The person on the receiving end feels good, you feel good, others who might be privy to the act will also feel good and so all around every one benefits. What is not great about that? So then, why do we not do more of it? It doesn’t cost much… It is as cheap as you want … Continue reading Gratitude is such a good thing.
Ok, I am feeling the pain this morning. Not the pain from my foot, that has almost gone, but the pain from getting to the gym for the first time in 8 weeks. I was doing good at the gym up until about 8 weeks ago. I was getting in a couple of 10k runs each week and also doing some rowing and strength training … Continue reading Just build the habit first.
Quit the rat race! The post says, follow these simple rules and… Build your empire…. Save up to 12 month of living expenses Develop 3 or more income streams Start making passive income Have a destination in mind Become an overnight success… Ah, ok! Got it. You have seen this before or certainly something similar. All very good and it makes everything look so simple. … Continue reading Is it really that easy?
So in my desire to learn some new stuff, I subscribed to a whole lot of things from Instagram, Facebook, web surfing and from the usual suspects. A lot of what I subscribed to gave me something for free which was good for the 15 minutes that it lasted. Honestly, some of it was worthwhile reading, cribbing and adding to my notes. I have built … Continue reading Selling something, got to be selling something!!
Hey, I am in Beijing and I can not get back home for Christmas because I can not get back into China. Thank you Boris and crew… thank you for being so totally crap at what you are supposed to be doing and what you are ‘paid’ to do. Yes, did I say. Thank. You. Please. Read. My. Sarcasm. In that praise. Any way, enough … Continue reading My 13 Christmas Gifts to you
I once worked as a part of a team that prided ourselves in delivering worthwhile work. We would set up the fresh fruit, vegetables and meat displays in our local supermarket. All done before 9am for the store opening and to the perfect precision required by the customer. This is going back almost 30 years… Why was it such worthwhile work? The manager that led … Continue reading Worthwhile Work!!
You can take lessons from everything and anything and when my senses are high because I am on the look out for such moments of learning, then it never ceases to amaze me the things I hear and see that just stops me in my tracks and makes me think. I do immediately grab them into my iphone journal for later reference or reflection. It … Continue reading A lesson from Bitcoin.
Yesterday was, well unproductive. Today was very much a day of recovery. I didn’t put any pressure on myself to do anything today, after all… I am on a ‘holiday’ and travelling down in the south of China, so I had a chilled out mindset. However, the weather was not the greatest. Wearing a down jacket and flip flops on the beach, I kid you … Continue reading Today was a fruitful day!
Seriously, I do want to know. It has been that kind of year and for many, discovering books and reading was a new found passion. I enjoy reading and as I said in a previous post, I have varying ‘tactics’ to read books for different reasons, to enjoy them for what they are or to extract from them some other learning or deeper meaning!! How … Continue reading What is your book of 2020?
Help. I have had one of them days today, a day that has evaporated and I don’t seem to have got that much done. I am currently in the South of China in a place called Sanya, it is beautiful. Tropical, new and for that reason it can be distracting. Note to myself: If I ever get to be a full-time digital nomad then I … Continue reading An unproductive day…
300 posts on instagram, on the button. That was my day today. I was at 299 and today I was to post my 300th picture. A big moment, one not to be underestimated in my mind. I had made a commitment to myself a couple of months ago to post a picture on my Instagram every day… as an exercise in building up habits using … Continue reading On the button versus habit!
I like to journal. It is a great way to brain dump emotions, drop out ideas from a frustrated brain or just capture something that inspires or catches your attention. I also used a combination of an electronic journal and a paper based journal and to be honest, each of them have their own merits. When I meet other people who journal, they also tell … Continue reading I found my five fab happiness directions!
‘Did you get in on the Niu rally’ my friend said. ‘The what?’ I said… He was meaning, did I invest in the Chinese car electric manufacturer that has had a great run on the markets, the Chinese equivalent of Tesla, it’s called Niu? No I didn’t. I wish I did, because it has had a great run, although cooled recently. It is also tipped … Continue reading 3 Investment Temptations
I have started doing more and stopped learning and talking so much. I still learn, I will always be learning because that is just what I do. I prefer to spend my time learning something than, say, watching a Netflix binge or a PlayStation frenzy of an evening. I still watch TV and play the odd game, I just balance it so that it is … Continue reading Stop talking, start doing!
I have lived in China for four years and I have met people from many other countries that are either living here or passing through on a stepping stone journey to something or somewhere else. Just to note here from the get go… China is a fascinating place and it is vast. I mean. It. Is. Huge. It can cover every terrain, weather system or … Continue reading 3 Things to know about living in China.
I see that there has been a lot of new products on the market and people as always, rush out to make the newest and greatest upgrade. I am good with that as buying what you need or want is sometimes cathartic and can give you a real dopamine hit. Nice.! I did say ‘sometimes’… Other times, it is good to take a pause and … Continue reading A Money Mind-Shift…
I have two children that live back in Scotland while I live in China. It is not always easy being an absent father, for me and for them… the situation with the virus has kept us apart for over a year and so we have embraced all kinds of medium to keep in touch. My daughter is in her twenties and my son is approaching … Continue reading 6.5 Rules about money that I tell my kids.
What is your biggest achievement in the role that you are in? This is a very perplexing question for some who are looking to explore new adventures. It feels like a catch 22 situation, because the reason they want to leave where they are at and try something different, is because they are not given the opportunity, facilitated or led in a way that they … Continue reading A reflection on an interview question.