Thursday, February 4, 2021

I'm back!

 Somehow I managed to log back in after a mere 8 years away from the site! I have so much to say, and so much to add, however, just logging back in is a great start! 

Monday, September 17, 2012

A little Jaunt Out ..

Now that i have my bike beside me again I am making a concerted effort to get out on the bike every few days, even if it just to go to the office or off to get milk from the shop.

Last week I met my two oldest friend up at Hampton Downs where we had shouted one of them a few laps in a Lamborghini around a racetrack as part of his 40th birthday present.

I took the bike up just so it was an excuse to go for a ride. It was great being out on the open road again and the old girl enjoyed herself too I reckon.

The back of Huntly
Even though it is a road I have travelled many thousands of time, it was great just to be out on the bike again!


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Shhhh ... its quiet around here.

I was flicking through my internet sites and realised that it has been 9 months since my last post on here. I have been so busy getting on with life that time has passed me by. A lot has happened in the last nine months .. in fact more than I can possibly fit in to one blog, but Ill try! In a nutshell ...

Yam and I moved cities about four months ago, moving away from Auckland to Hamilton for a number of reasons - firstly, to be closer to my mum and secondly to give us an opportunity to launch a new business.

I have put my Auckland property on the market as I am wanting to live in a house again after 14 years of apartment living, plus it will sort out a few things for me, so we will wait and see what happens.

I have finally got my bike out of storage and registered, warranted and serviced and I have now got it down here in Hamilton at our rental property where I hop as the weather improves to get out on the road again .. I have been missing the bike terribly and am going to make sure I get out on it regularly


Yam and I have starterd a new business which is going really well. He is a great chef and we provide a service where we go in to peoples homes and bring the restaurant to you. We provide everything from table cloths to crockery to presenting your table "restaurant style" We even clean up after ourselves. You can find out more at www.thaicatering.co.nz


I have moved offices (with the move to Hamilton) and have returned to my second home Harcourts where I am back to selling residential property and calling auctions. Its a great office with some great people. Yoi can find my work website at www.exclusivehomes.co.nz


So, now its a matter of finding a home to buy down here, grow both my business and our business and get on with living! Who knows whats round the corner!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Back into the swing .... and lovin' it!

Quick post just to touch base with my regular flollowers of my journey last year.

Somewhere between the last post and this one I found my work mojo again ... I'm back to it and going like crazy! Just before Xmas I made the huge decision to move from my company of eight years to a new company which I am absolutely thrilled with. I am surrounded by hugely successful people with enthusiasm, energy and a "can do" attitude .. its exactly what Im loving about it.  Long days of working and prospecting but its paying off with my first two properties signed up.

I have a new website up and running at www.exclusivehomes.co.nz  which I am very happy with and lots of advertising out in the ether and in letterboxes. I am resigned to wearing a tie and suit again. :) The only down side to all this working is not much bike riding, but at the moment the focus is on rebuilding the work momentum so Im okay with it.

I have also set up a facebook business page which you can find HERE
Do feel free to click through to my business page and join up to my weekly email newsletter (house selling work related not bike or travel related) ... and dont forget to click "Like" and help spread the word.
 :)

Yammie has settled in to NZ life and he is just a joy to be with plus his work visa came through just before Christmas so he has been looking for work. He is doing a little work for me as my personal assistant and it is looking promising that he may have some other part time work too.

So, it really is a case of head down and bum up and "getting on with it!"

Cheers, Nick.

Yammie with Big Bertha on our trip over Christmas (my friend Rob on the left)

This is my "work shot" ... no jeans, motorbikes or Leo beer in site .. :) haha

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! 

 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Post "trip of a lifetime" melancholy




So, where to now??????

It has been a few days since I have posted on here as I have been dealing with rejoining the "real world" and I have to be honest that I am struggling a little bit.




Back to real life .. And work ....

Of course it has been lovely catching up with my family and friends, however, looking around my city, going in to my office and lots of little things have made me feel somewhat confused and a little down about what happens next.

Obviously, with a trip comes cost and as much as I would like to pretend I could retire now, the reality is I can't. What I have found even more interesting is the fact that I seem to be seeing so many things with different eyes as when I left. Things that seemed so vitally important to me before, just seem unimportant now.

Firstly, coming from such a large city back to Auckland everywhere and everything is just so quiet. There is just not the hustle bustle. This is both good and bad.

Secondly, I have noticed how rough round the edges kiwi blokes are. There is not the same openess and kindness and I so worry about Yammie feeling safe here. We have already been yelled at once and we were simply walking down the street. The immaturity of the rugby hooligans who celebrated the rugby world cup and were screaming down the streets just put me right off, and I know made Yammie feel a bit scared.

I really really miss the people in Thailand.

This morning someone complained about the fact that I had a couple of things sitting in my basement carpark and that it looked messy. This simply enraged me as all i could think of is all those people's lives in Thailand whose livelihoods have been ruined with the flooding, and people working their butts off simply to be able to eat, and I thought to myself, how fucking pathetic. (excuse my language)

I went in to my office yesterday and the thought of going back to work just leaves me feeling sluggish. The other thing that I have been struck with is a sense of guilt - I started pulling things out of my storage and I thought to myself ... There are people in the world with nothing and here I am with all this "stuff" ... I don't need 10 towels and everything else that I have collected over the years.

Alongside this I have Yammie with me which is the one thing that I am happy about. In saying that I am constantly worried that he is okay and that I am keeping him busy, and the fact that life is just so different here. Technology is great though and he is able to talk with his family and communicate with his friends which make me feel better. My family have also embraced him as have my close friends and I am so very grateful to them all for this. I have also introduced him to a couple of people and I am hopeful that they can build friendships so he can create an extra support network. Of course we both have some feelings of separation anxiety I reckon as we have basically spent 24 hours 7 days a week together for the last four months and as I get busier there will be times when we he cannot come with me, so a job and friends are so very important.

....written a little later ....

..so I did some googling and apparently these feelings I am having are quite normal and there are a few things I can do about it ... So here's my list of ways to combat the melancholy ..

1. A few people have suggested that I could write a book about my travels ... I kind of like this idea so I'm going to spend a bit of time pulling all these experiences together into a semi coherent way ... Check back in a couple of years. :)
2. We have yammies work visa to sort out, so we need to begin this process.
3. I will plan a few "mini trips" for Yammie and me over the next three months.
4. I need something big to look forward to (and to work toward) so I will sit down and look at where we want to be in One to two years and work towards it, then it gives me a reason to put my head down and bum up to make some serious money so we can do it.
5. I will make an active effort to reconnect with old friends and have people over more - we are already doing this and I am really enjoying hosting at home rather than out at restaurants all the time.

Hopefully, these should all help kick start the next part of my life journey.

So, onwards and upwards... :)

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

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