Sunday, December 11, 2011

Favourite Five ... (plus 2)

I thought I'd join the postings on your favorite five photos of the year that I took (well, there's 5 I took plus 2 others) .... Thanks to Roger for the idea .....

With my travels I have many more photos that I love. There have been so many highlights during 2011 ... So many great life stories that I have been able to experience share ....

So, here goes ...



Part of the NZ leg of my trip .... South Island .... South end of the Queenstown Lakes with Big Bertha .... Reflective of the glorious riding roads we have.



Riding over the Ureweras on a cruiser .... Absolute madness and a real adrenalin rush.




Malaysia .... On Blue Bertie ... In the middle of the jungle and lost. Awesome!



Me on blue bertie in Malacca

The smiling machine gun wielding policeman (Malaysia) .... Love this photo .. :)






Thailand ..... And of course meeting this most beautiful man who has helped me find my fun, laughter and joy of life again ... Xx

Plus one more for good measure ... Back home in New Zealand ... Ponsonby Road ....




For me 2011 has included many of the highest highs and a couple of the lowest lows in my life ... 2012 is about regrouping, getting my finances on track again and working hard so we can plan the next exciting chapter in life :)

....and a huge thanks must go to my readers who have joined me along my life journey ... It has been great fun writing my blog and I thank you very much for your support and kind words.

......Thanks for taking time out of your day to follow my blog. Cheers, Nick.

Monday, December 5, 2011

The Reality ....

So, sitting at my desk in the office I am digging deep to find the motivation to be focussed and get a couple of sales under my belt. At the back of my mind is the nagging issue of money and paying off my debt.

With only a couple of weeks until Christmas, activity is beginning to slow, or rather signing people up to sell is quite difficult as it is the last thing on their minds. This means trying to set things up for the new year so that I come back all guns blazing becasue the cycle of selling takes time. List a house in January, run the marketing programme, find a buyer in Jan/February and hopefully get paid at the end of February. By February it will be 11 months since a pay cheque and seriously tough by then, so I need to stay focussed.

If by February I have no properties to sell, I will have to make some hard decisions. It may mean renewing my teaching certificate and picking up a few days teaching, or going back full time, at least to get some money rolling in.

I never envisanged getting back to it would be so difficult, and rather than making me motivated to get up at 6.00am and working like a crazy bugger, it has made it so incredibly hard to get motivated. I just need to dig deep and get on with it.

The beauty of my job is that if I can get a couple of sales under my belt I can knock off some of that debt much quicker than if I was in a "regular" job, but in the same token, without a sale under my belt, it is not a nice experience as it means no money coming in.

So, that is the reality!