‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness’ that’s how Charles Dickens started his famous novel ”A Tale of Two Cities”. That exactly sums up 2019 for me personally.

There were many personal highlights over the year. Unfortunately, there were also significant lows as well. Donna and I had time together and time away from each other pursuing different areas of interest. Our marriage is strong enough to allow each other the freedom to pursue those different areas separately.

As a Certified Financial Planner with over 27 years of experience, I’ve learned a lot about life and it’s roller coaster ride. The most important lessons I’ve learned haven’t been from textbooks – although that helped on certification. My most valuable lessons have been from clients, family, friends and work colleagues. It’s all about the journey!

You see, I firmly believe that 99% of us have two finite resources. These resources our time and money. (Full disclosure here I made this number up, but likely not far from the Truth). If we run out of one before the other then we have a problem. Good planning Isn’t about saving, saving, saving. It takes into account saving and spending. Life is all about finding a happy balance between the two. It’s about your “enough”.

My approach about the journey has been moulded from those lessons learned from others around me and their journeys. Finding what it takes to ensure that you have a great one is the trick. What good is it to save for a day that might not get here and what good is it to spend every penny that you’ve got so that you’re always in trouble financially.

As part of my journey with my wife Donna, we have a bucket list of things to see and do. One such item was a Safari. Dave Taylor, a colleague from the Riverwood Conservancy where I’m a board member designed a photographer’s dream Safari. We doubled up on the number of days and made it a 14 day trip. Plus we added two days in Amsterdam each way to and from Tanzania to break up the flight and time difference into manageable segments.

Elena Prountzopoulos of Atourz was David’s travel agent who arranged with Leopard Tours a private tour for the four of us. Joshua, our tour guide had specific instructions. ‘If I don’t see their eyes, it doesn’t count as a sighting. This month, it’s the eyes!

4 Responses

  1. Superb photos!!! Thanks for sharing them, as well as your words of wisdom. Happy New Year to you and Donna. May 2020 and the coming decade bring you health, happiness and adventure

  2. Oops, already commented but it hadn’t been posted yet. Please only use the first one and delete this and my previous one.

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