Will Money Make Me Happy?

More money will solve my problems and I will be happy… we instinctively know that is not true. However, most of us say it, and believe it will make a big difference in our lives right now.

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future, it is something you design for the present… ~ Jim Rohn ~

If a whole heap of cash showed up, how would it change your life?

Would you…

  • Pay off your debts, credit cards and mortgage
  • Buy a new car
  • Go on that vacation you have been dreaming about
  • Pack your bag and get out of Dodge!
  • Help your parents
  • Give it to a charity

Suddenly you don’t have anymore money problems, no debts, you have a beautiful home and car, and all the trimmings with money in the bank. How long do you think you could stay in this position? You may say… I will never ever, ever get myself into that situation again, I am secure and happy for the first time in my life, and it feels wonderful.

Will money change you?

It is true that many of our day to day financial problems may seem to be solved, or eliminated, it would certainly take a lot of pressure off. Perhaps we may feel more secure and free. At this point we should ask ourselves a few questions:

  • Are you still the same person?
  • Have we grown as a person?
  • Maybe become more generous
  • More loving & playful
  • Are we truly happy?

Suddenly coming into money unfortunately doesn’t wave a miraculous wand over us, and make us instantly happy. We may feel relieved that now for the first time we are financially free… the pressure is off. None the less, we are still the same person with the same insecurities, feelings and habits.

Maybe you are a special case…

You may be one of the ones that can hold onto this new found lifestyle. However statistic show that most of us revert back to our original income status, along with the person we really are within a few years. There have been many of studies done with lottery winners and this has been the case.

Maybe solving our money problems isn’t the long term answer to happiness or freedom.

Happiness is a state of mind they say…

It has been stated that happiness is a state of mind and we must choose happiness, if we are to be truly happy long term. What does that mean? In its simplest form it means we need to practice being happy, we should make a habit of it, and become aware of what’s going on in our minds throughout the day. Reading books and meeting people who have achieved not only financial freedom but more importantly happiness.

If you are still of the opinion that money is the answer to happiness and the key in your case, you need to do something about it. The chances of a truck load of money appearing or winning Lotto are unlikely. Why not start a business with a proven track record, and meet people who have achieved both money and happiness, and have learnt that happiness is more important. You can connect with such a community by clicking the banner below.

This is a community of people from all walks of life, that can assist with a proven business model.. that can point you in the direction of improving your financial position, and yourself worth. This will ultimately bring happiness to you and those around you.

Never too late to prepare for retirement

Retirement is fast approaching for me, it only seemed like yesterday the children were small, and retirement was a lifetime away. That lifetime is fast disappearing and that nagging question fills my mind. Am I set up for retirement? Is it too late to prepare for retirement?

What will the future look like?

Can I look after myself for the next couple of decades and beyond? (My father is 92 years old, active and in excellent health… enjoying a better social life than me)

The truth is I am not set up for retirement… certainly not to live till I am 92 years of age, and comfortably like my father and unfortunately I am not alone.

Today there is an army of women, who will be working well into their seventies, that’s not to say that many, both men and women don’t enjoy working, the question is, what quality of life will they have?


Its been reported that one in three women retiring will have no 
Superannuation. (Retirement funding) according to an ABC News Report.

Throw into the mix, ill health… it’s not a pleasant outlook. Working just to survive isn’t what I imagined my life to be in my later years.

Have you experienced this…

Have you ever watched the news where some individuals were interviewed, and they mention their age… you look up in shock when they are younger than you, and appear decades older, (at this point you usually check the mirror just to be sure) but in all seriousness …they are broken and without hope, its quite sobering…have you enough to retire

You can now understand why some people resort to spending their time and money on ‘good times’ at their local pubs and clubs.

Their prospect for the future seems bleak, based on their circumstances, and for all those looking on.

They have lost hope and vision for the future.

It doesn’t have to be that way… there is a solution.

What about your future?

Just to be clear here, its about quality of life… and not how much you have put away…

Some save and prepare for that rainy day, and are frightened to spend it, that rainy day ends up being their funeral.

Life is full of situations that can impact on your retirement, death of a spouse or divorce, investments going belly up, the list is endless. It really doesn’t matter how you arrive at this point, the end result is the same, you are not prepared for retirement and you will have to work.

Let’s face it, the government wants us to continue working and not rely on the old age pension… 

We have to find another way, because it isn’t too late…

There are many opportunities today to start an online business, in fact the market is flooded with them. Some are potentially a good option, others not so much.

Personally I look back over the last few years and see a number of opportunities I could have explored, and they may have been successful if I had worked on them. But I didn’t pursue them for a number of reasons.

  • Didn’t like the product
  • The business model required cold calling or telephone salesBuild a business you love
  • Didn’t resonant with me
  • Didn’t believe in myself
  • Ethically questionable
  • High pressure selling
  • Lack of funds to get started
  • Family and friends laugh at the idea

Whatever the reason it doesn’t matter, the point being they weren’t for me, certainly not for the long term. Its never too late to prepare for retirement…there is an online business that fits all the requirements.

  • Its ethical
  • No high pressure selling
  • No B.S.
  • A proven business model
  • Mentoring and support
  • Quality training products
  • Community of like minded people

There is still time to prepare for retirement

Does it take work? Yes, it does. Does it take some investment, and time, yes it does? Is it a get rich scheme? No. Can I do this if I have reached retirement? Yes, there is no age limit. Will it work for me? There are no income guarantees in life, however there is a proven model to follow.

I feel personally, it’s the missing link… that turns a business into a success… 

One of the factors missing in most business models is support and a community of like minded people. This is a business that you don’t have to compromise who you are, you don’t have to pretend you are someone else. You have to be you and you alone, success is being yourself.

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How I Started Crocheting Patterns

Crocheting was something I did when the children were little. I crocheted a pony called Candy for my little girl and a giraffe name Jaffa for the boys. Jaffa I recalled had a very… very long neck and the boys would swing Jaffa around in their bedroom, out of sight from Mum. It wasn’t the best pattern in the world you had to lean Jaffa against a wall for him to stand up straight.

Knowing me I probably modified it in some way, a habit that is hard to break.

Candy and Jaffa survived the children’s rough games up to their adulthood. Candy is still around and became a star in my children’s books about the adventures of Zach & Candy.

She is with me now, just behind my chair in the junk cupboard.

Alas… Jaffa suffered another fate, no one will say, just a wall of silence… 🙁

The last time I saw him, he was in a cupboard at my son’s place, my son wanted him for his little boy. 

Leah with CandyBut I fear not everyone felt the same, he was old and couldn’t stand up straight, so he may have ended up in the old clothes bag going to ‘good will’, or worse still… in the rubbish bin. I like to think he’s got a good home somewhere. Enough about that, I’ve had my public lament time to move on…

Rebirth of something I loved

My granddaughter stayed with me one weekend and she brought a little hippo named Zack from kindergarten with her. Over the weekend this little hippo was to accompany her wherever she went and on the Monday morning at kindergarten, she had to bring a book of activities that she did with this little hippo, in story form to “show and tell”.

This was the start of my story telling, (in addition to when I was a child) and Zach’s Weekend Adventure with Friends was created and based on that weekend’s events. 

Crocheting – Prop Created

Anyway the whole point to this is, I started to crochet my first character from my book, Zach. I must admit he was a sorry sight, too large really for what I needed. I already had the storyline, I just needed the prop.

The children loved him straight away and he was a mess after they played with him, white filling oozing out, but they didn’t seem to mind. After they left I would get the scissors and trim off all the filling coming from the open weave style I had created.

I never imagined he would be so popular. They would both play for hours with Zach & Zach with JhettCandy along with all the super hero figures.

An Idea was Born

An idea was born, by this time I had already created a number of children’s books including, “Zach Gets Left Behind” which was inspired by my little grandson’s day of playing with Zach.

I decided I would crochet all the characters from my books and produce an easy to follow pattern I could sell online… surely it wouldn’t be that hard?

This is what happened.

The Garden Shed is a Scary Place

What inspired me to write this book?

“The garden shed is a scary place full of things that creep and crawl and sometimes sting, must keep away from all these things.” 

The Garden Shed is a Scary Place

The idea of writing this book ‘The Garden Shed is a Scary Place’ started when I began to clean up my father’s garden. I always knew I loved plants and over the years I would surround myself with pots of plants, when I didn’t have a garden. 

However, it wasn’t till my father was sick and re covering from an operation, that I realised how important the outdoors was. The first thing I do when I get up, is to take my tea or coffee,  and sit outside in the cool morning air and contemplate the days activities. Even when I am away, I’m looking for a balcony or sitting area to enjoy my morning cuppa outside.

During my Dad’s recovery, I would sit and talk for a while and then go out into the garden and start sweeping the pathways and picking up the fallen leaves and twigs. In the early days he thought I was taking over his job, I suppose when you are sick all you can think about is getting well again and some how… I was taking away his strength…his independence. He is old school and a little bit controlling, unfortunately a family trait. 

None the less watching me doing all the things he normally did and enjoyed, was hard for him. Eventually he settled down and started to like the fact that someone else was doing his job and he could let it go… and give it to me.

This garden isn’t so much a memory of my early childhood, another country’s got that one, but a memory of my teens and my dear mother who during the last months of her life would sit in the living room and stare at the garden through the glass doors.

 My Dad had a ritual of going around the garden each day, and pulling out the weeds. Birds would follow behind scratching where he unearth the soil, the result was no weeds, a compliment I was quick to share with him.

While tidying up the beds my imagination started to roll…so out from the leaves, bark and twigs came this book.

‘The Garden Shed is a Scary Place!’

Dad took great interest in watching me taking photos of the shed from many angles, along with the pathways and plants, anything really that took my fancy. The rhyming started to emerge, just a few words first:

The garden shed is a scary place full of things that creep and crawl and

sometimes sting, must keep away from all these things. 

I started to think about Mum, she loved writing poetry and all her poets were written about events in her life, at the time I acknowledged the skill she had and was familiar with the events they were attached too.

It would be nice to have her here now, to look over my first rhyming story, I know she would change some of it. With that said, just perhaps a little of her poetic skill was past down, time will tell.

This simple story some of it in rhyme is about a young child’s journey to the garden shed. “The garden shed is a scary place.. full of things that crawl and sting.

The closer to the garden shed the child gets the more fanciful the journey becomes, it’s a combination of real garden dwellers and a little bit of fun.