What Would Brendan Do?

My new role model for 2009 to help me achieve my goals is Brendan Cole.   You may remember I wrote before Xmas about how inspiring I had found his will to win and professionalism as displayed on Strictly Come Dancing.   He doesn’t let anything within his control get in the way of his own success.   And he knows how to manipulate the media too.   Bad Boy Brendan believes in hard work getting results, so do I.   A friend of his tells me he’s a jolly nice chap in real life too! Well I got a chance to put my Brendan plan into […]

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My Train Story in Which I Get What I Expect!

I went on my first train trip on Friday, my first trip for about 30 years.   My previous experiences had sworn me off for about the majority of my adult life (!) that’s how bad they were.   But you all said it would be better.   You said I would love it.   You said they went fast.   And I believed you. And so I booked online, First Class, in a Quiet Zone.   My train was 10 a.m. from Euston to Manchester, due in at 12.07.   I couldn’t do it that fast in the car and anyway I was too tired to […]

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Brain Training Update

Dr Ryuta Kawashima says my brain is now 28 and 30 years old which is a result. Have been a bit slack on it this week as work commitments kicked back in big time.   Here’s a lesson for us all – what you practise every day or most days, you get better at!   No surprises there then.   How do you get up the motivation to get better at someting?   I think the DS Lite/BrainTraining is addictive, I imagine a Wii would be too? You’ve just gotta find your hook. When I don’t do my brain training on a daily basis, […]

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The Two Great Unanswered Questions of My Week – January 2009

1.   Why was there a parking amnesty in Victoria (London SW1) yesterday?   A free for all, everyone illegally parked, no traffic wardens, I even parked on a single yellow outside the Department of Transport and no-one blinked an eye!   Answers please if you know, thanks.   And advance notice next time!!! 2.   Where has the coleslaw of my youth gone?   It was slightly sharp, almost vinegary.   I dont want the luxury oversweet coleslaw of today made with creme fraiche, double cream etc.   I don’t want it creamy, I want it sharp!   Recommendations by brand please.

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Eight Ways To Be Nice To People

  I found this lovely article in The Big Issue this week; it’s by Helena Drakakis.   I hope you enjoy it. Tell someone how good they look.   How many times do people recognise when you’ve made the effort? The answer probably is not that many. It’s great to receive a compliment, and it feels great to give one, too. Cook for someone. This is simple but effective. Invite a friend round and cook them a meal. You’ll save money on food and you’ll get brownie points for the personal touch. There’s nothing like a home-cooked meal, a bottle of wine […]

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My 25 Things – A Reward for a Goal Milestone Achieved

  Alison Grimston has put up something on the Money Gym which has piqued my interest.   What 25 things would I do if I had reached a goal milestone in my wealth creation journey?  I think this was intended as an interim goal place, not the whole hog you understand, but something to encourage and motivate us and an idea of how we will reward ourselves.   You can read Alison’s list here and here’s mine but first of all I have to decide what my interim goal is. I have created a significant income target for myself for 2009 from six different […]

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Doing Something Different For A Change – Letting the Train Take the Strain!

I’m always reading that if you want a different result, you should do something different.   And that you shouldn’t become a creature of habit bogged down in always doing the same things the same ways. So I’ve taken a big bold decision and on Friday I’m going on a train.   Gentle Reader, I’m doing PUBLIC TRANSPORT! Now, I had a brief flirtation with buses about a year ago when I was between cars.   And I dont think I’ve been on a tube since we went to see Aida at Earls Court two or three boyfriends ago – 1989??? No, I tell a […]

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Check the Performance of your Pensions and Investments

  I received a phone call from an old friend and colleague last week.   He’s now part of an IFA which will check your pension policies and investments in such instruments as PEPs, ISAs, unit trusts, bonds and oiks (OEICS, not I dont know what they are either) for free.   It’s an independent free review. If your policies are doing great, they will tell you so and you can put the paperwork back in the file and relax. If they are not doing so great, they will give you some advice about what to do about it, that’s also free – they […]

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The Highs and Lows of Hotel Life

I’ve been staying in a Hilton Hotel in Birmingham for two days for the Cartel half-yearly National Sales Conference.   In the lift, the hotel said it was “easy to find, difficult to leave”.   Half right.   It was easy to find, right by the NEC.   By Sunday morning I was quite keen to leave actually though ominously their sign did prove to be right, but not in the way they meant! The hotel was an odd mixture of good, bad and indifferent.  No mini-bar.   Have I missed something?   Have hotels just done away with these?   They are becoming almost extinct, can’t […]

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Finding My MoJo Again… Albeit Slowly!

I’ve been slacking around the house these last couple of days, firing on about half my cylinders, but I find I am anyway being seduced in 2009.  I couldn’t make it out of bed before 9.30 on Monday, I didnt do anything on my brand new goal-orientated plan (up at 8, 9-10 spiritual self-care), and I didn’t amount to a hill of beans before lunchtime.   But I did talk to the three people my diary said I had promised to talk to, and I did do the Money Gym accounts to which I had set aside the whole day. Yesterday I […]

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