"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door." - Milton Berle.
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Be your own door - the name and the vision
doesn’t knock, build a door. - Milton Berle
This is one of my
favourite quotes of all time and I have created this blog for people
who believe in that vision, but perhaps need some help and/or support
to go about making their vision a reality.
Being able to live
the life you want starts with having enough money to finance it.
Believe me, I understand how difficult that can be at any time,
particularly right now when people of all ages can be struggling just
to get by.
My basic take on
getting to where you want to be in life is:
Do what you
need to do until you’re finally able to do what you want to do.
reached a place where you’re happy, the work continues so that you
maximize your chances of continuing to be able to live the life you
want, even as circumstances change, which they will because change is
a part of life and we all need to accept that fact as a reality.
This blog will be a
mixture of my sharing my journey with you, together with general
strategies for issues I think we all need to tackle to be able to
live the lives we want to live and practical “hands-on” tips to
help make our journey easier. We’ll look at issues such as dealing
with debt and managing money, bringing in an income, whether that’s
through a conventional career or some other means, organizing and
planning and managing yourself and other people.
Each of us needs to
find their own path in life, but we can all help and support each
other along the way. I hope you’ll enjoy reading about my journey
and I’d love to hear about yours.
though winter hasn’t quite given up its hold where I live, spring
is definitely starting to get the upper hand, which means it
shouldn’t be long now before I can start on some proper spring
cleaning. As I’ve mentioned before I’ve been developing in
increasing interest in natural cleaning but, up until recently, it’s
always been mainly from an environmental perspective. Recently,
however, I’ve been learning more and more about how natural
cleaning not only helps the environment but also helps protect our
health as well as making are homes feel nicer and saving us money.
So with spring (just about) here, I thought I’d share some
tips on frugal but effective spring cleaning with an emphasis on
protecting against (seasonal) allergies and irritations (bugs) as
well as making your home a pleasanter place. To keep this post
reasonably short, I’m only covering tips for cleaning tasks I think
of as being specifically connected to spring cleaning, rather than
all the cleaning tasks you c…
The long way down charts a trip from John O’Groats to Cape Town
made by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman. While the trip wasn’t
to raise money for charity itself, it did involve various stops to
learn about the work of different charities.
Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman take turns at narrating their
experiences so some of the language can get a bit fresh at times,
with some swearing. The subject matter is interesting enough to
compensate for the fact that neither of the authors is a professional
writer. This book is essentially a tidied up diary rather than
proper travel writing, in fact if you’re expecting fulsome
descriptions of the landscape they encounter, you’re probably going
to be disappointed. Obviously it is mentioned and the condition of
the terrain comes up frequently, but this book is much more about
people than about place. Their support team is mentioned regularly,
although they don’t actually narrate, which I think is a bit of a
missed opportunity, plus…
Around about this time last year, I wrote a post called 11 questions to a meaningful declutter in which I came up with a suggested process for decluttering. I've been plodding along with my own decluttering project ever since and even though I've moved a lot of stuff on, there is still plenty which still needs to be shifted so decluttering remains a topic which is very much near and dear to my heart. I therefore decided to try buying a book on decluttering by a professional organizer to see if it could give me any tips. Now, to be honest, I didn't think much of this book, which is why I'm not going to review it here, I'm not into naming and shaming. I have put a review on Amazon, so if you see the book there, then you'll see my opinion of it, but I'm only mentioning it here to explain why I decided to revisit my original blog and also why I'm not reviewing a non-fiction book this weekend as originally planned, but moving on to another work of ficti…