We still havent adapted to the time difference so we are up very early and going to bed early too. We are moving it about an hour a day but no sooner have we got up than we are nodding off. My head is too heavy to hold up, as is my book. Consequently I am not making any progress with polishing off Twilight. And I really want to finish it so I can move onto something more compelling. Sorry, Clare. We didnt go out to breakfast today and had lunch by the pool but are planning to make an outing […]
Breakfast at Top Carrot, the Ginger Breeze with an almond croissant. Tomatoes – sourced, tick. The Mozzies are still on top, we dont have them licked yet but the battle continues. Chillin’. Suntans: Taking on a smidge of colour now, after a couple of hours in the pool in my Swimfloat chair.
Our second day dawns early. Lag. And starts off badly. Again. I go outside at about 6 a.m. to watch the moon on the water, still confidently covered in last night’s DEET, and am immediately set upon and bitten quite badly by some killer mosquitoes. Yum. White meat, fresh and innocent, d’Angleterre. St Martin is half Dutch and half French. The border is passed without ceremony most days, just a few flags on the side of the road. But the Dutch side is pretty American, as is the French side too it must be said, and you can use any currency from […]
There’s no nice way to say this. It’s a bitch of a journey. I went into training on 1st September, three months to get well enough to survive LHR-CDG-SXM. And still it takes its toll, in so many different ways. Last time: three hours at LHR T2 with no shopping, no breakfast, no coffee even and Salman Rushdie on our plane, remember? I do. All too painfully. It took me three years to be able to face it again. On Thursday morning I got up at two a.m., collected my travelling companion at three and arrived at Heathrow at four for our flight to St […]
Helen Loveless wrote in the Mail on Sunday: “As the recession bites, growing numbers of older workers who have seen their jobs disappear are starting their own businesses, often using their redundancy payouts as funding. Figures show that entrepreneurs aged 50 and over were behind more than a quarter of all new start-ups launched in the first six months of 2009, with an estimated 200,000 firms set up by the over-50s since the onset of the credit crunch in August 2007. Research by telecoms company O2 suggests that older entrepreneurs are finding it easier to access funding than others, with […]
My new garden office is finished. Doesn’t it look lovely? I’ve been too busy to move in yet. First job is to move a card table and garden chair down there and take a laptop and see if the WiFi signal stretches. If not, I need some BT help to get me fully teched up, then removal men to get me and my office physically in situ. I am going to be doing some Shed Sessions for my one-to-one clients down the garden in 2010. Let me know if you want to spend a day a month with me in […]
There’s a man in my garden called Michael. And he’s building my garden office. Coming free with my garden office, and he doesn’t know this yet but he will, is a refresher course for me on how to run a Great Little Business. At every step of the way, Michael has been the consummate professional, taking care of every detail. He came to scope out the project when he said he would, on time, phoning first to check I was in and had remembered and that it was still convenient. We decided what I wanted and it turned out I […]
It all started in August with Bianca, my friend and neighbour, who I invited round to help with some clutter clearing. I knew that Bianca had PA skills, amongst many others, and so she was just the Top Bird to assist me with a chore I couldn’t quite bring myself to do alone, with no accountability. We got an appointment in the diary to get it done and dusted. Afterwards, as a reward, we had lunch in the garden and Bianca said words to the effect “Judith, I believe a Big Cheque will come into your life now that we […]
This means that you can carry on diddling about all day doing what you love and you don't need to worry about money. By the time you find that pain or reason to change, you will be financially sorted anyway due to the easy, affordable, simple investment opportunities to which I introduced you in 2009/2010? You could wake up in ten years' time and discover that you are lot better off that you thought you were.
I keep meaning to look up the precise date I discovered the Money Gym. It was way back in 2003, I think. Although I had been an accountant since 1977, and already sold my accountancy business of 20 years, I hadn’t learned how to make myself rich focussing, as I had been, on helping other people with their money. The Money Gym taught me how to do both, make myself wealthy while helping others to do the same which for me is nothing short of heaven on earth. In 2005, Nicola Cairncross, who is the founder of the Money Gym, […]