Category: Gillian’s feelings

Real-life adventure books

I love reading books about adventures, real life adventures, about real people, with maps and photographs. Video not so much, in my opinion it can take away from the spontaneity of the event and turn it into reality TV feel.

A well written book can take you to the location and make you feel part of the experience. I read ‘Wild’ By Cheryl Strayed a couple of years back, and listened to part of it on audio. I became so engaged with the experience of walking the Pacific Crest Trail, a 1,100 – mile hike, that when someone asked me if I had seen the film, I said yes, but I hadn’t seen the movie at all.

The events along the trail were real to me, I could see them in my mind’s eye, the breathtaking scenery and feel the weight of the backpack, and the blistered feet… it was quite incredible.

I’m still a kid inside, and adventure is adventure wherever you find it.  ~ Jim Dale ~

Gillian CallcottImpact books have

I wrote a post a while back, about finding your why, and exploring your childhood interests which sometimes can give us clues to finding our true purpose or direction in life, the things that make our heart sing.

Reading about real life adventures was something I loved when I was 12 years old. We lived in an old rambling beach side cottage at Burleigh Heads. In those days the land extended right from the Gold Coast Hwy to the Esplanade. The cottage has long since disappeared, and a multistorey building sits on part of the land.

An old musty smelling bookcase

I remember long hot summers and the incessant noise of cicadas when we walked, or should I say ran down to the beach, so our feet didn’t burn on the hot sand. The thing I remember most was a musty smelling bookcase, full of real life adventures books.

Life is either a great adventure or nothing.  ~ Helen Keller ~

Mum and Dad rented this cottage from an elderly couple, Benny and Jessie Morris, they owned quite a bit of property around the area. Benny Morris was proud of his purchase at an auction of a few hundred books, the bookcase was in the bedroom that I shared with my sister. I can still picture him, a short round man with a strange moustache, which resembled that of a famous German dictator.

He said that we could read the books, but we had to look after them, they were valuable and cost a lot of money at auction. I can’t remember the amount he said but I do remember that it wasn’t much. I can still picture that room with its white paint peeling timber window frames that opened out onto the back-garden’s lawn. The book case was in the corner of the room, packed with old books.

Future value

The first thing that struck me even has a 12-year-old, was that these books were old and smelly. The pages were yellowed, and small insects (book lice) would run into the book’s spine every time you opened one up. Hardly valuable in my opinion, I suspected that Mr. Morris was a bit tight fisted.

Valuable they were, many hours of reading I enjoyed in that bedroom, the damp musty smell of those books along with the book lice, never bothered me.

In fact, to this day, I have a problem getting rid of old musty smelling books.

There were real life adventures in that musty damp book case, life experiences of real people with photos and maps, journeys across the Sahara Desert in an old car, trekking through the jungles of the Amazon and archaeological expedition in the Middle East.

One of the last books I read from that book case, was of a woman who rode her push bike across Europe, she could fold it up and put it in a suitcase.

Can’t remember the titles

Over the years I have searched for those books, unfortunately the titles have alluded me, it was over forty years ago. Most of the adventures were already decades old even then.

Nonetheless it fueled, an adventurous spirit in me… although I haven’t been involved in anything epic. All those real-life adventure books gave me a little courage and an expectation of not wanting to miss out on opportunities.

Whenever I was hesitating about doing things on my own, however small, I was disappointed in myself if I didn’t try. I believe those adventure books gave me that mentality or maybe developed it to something almost tangible.

I still love watching documentary about people and places. I remember those musty books with fond memories….

Voyage of the Southern Sun – Michael Smith

I am on another adventure now, and what I love about a real-life adventure book is you can experience it wherever you are and whenever you want to escape. Imagine taking the same route that Qantas did more than 95 years ago, but doing it in a little sea plane, a flying boat if you will.

I am sixty pages in and loving it! The background of the adventurer is just as interesting as the journey itself. For all you book adventurers this is one you should read. I know I couldn’t embark on such an adventure, the planning involved would be a feat on its own.

But wouldn’t it be nice just to be in the cockpit of that Searey for just one leg of the journey and have some hair raising moments, you could tell the grand kids about around a family dinner.

That would be a treasured adventure of a lifetime. More interesting than the kids telling strangers that Nan’s got a YouTube Channel with her child

We are all on an epic adventure now!

Sometimes we can get so engrossed with what others are doing and accomplishing, that we forget that all of us are undertaking an epic adventure… called life. It’s our own unique experience, our own path and we get to create and walk it.

Sometimes life takes unexpected twist and turns, we have to deal with. But one thing is certain if you want to have your own epic adventure to some faraway place and that’s what you dream about, it takes finances and planning to do it. If this describes you there is an opportunity to do something about it. I am, because there are things I want to cross off my bucket list, it might not be someone else’s adventure but its mine.

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Do you feel stuck?

Recently I was walking along my local beach and I saw a woman with a baby in a pram bend down, and picked something up from the sand, and place it back in the sea. As I walked past I said, “Was it a small crab? No… she said, a little fish stranded on the beach.” I continued walking and glanced back to see her walk back down to the sea, and place something else into the water. It got me thinking about feeling stranded or stuck…

Usually in the marine world anything washed up or stranded on the beach, is there for a reason, and although we may attempt to rescue the poor creature, eventually it ends up stranded further along the beach.

It’s a bit like life, we sometimes feel stranded or stuck or even isolated. Although surrounded by people and activities and responsibilities, we don’t feel part of what’s going on.

It’s my opinion, based on decades of life…  that’s where we are supposed to be. Stuck… because we are not ready to move forward. Stranded because we are not ready to be thrown back into the sea of action.  Isolated because we are still processing new ideas or processing different ways of thinking … hopefully it will only be for a short while. We are where we need to be now…

A change of attitude and action can seem to happen almost overnight. But I don’t believe this is strictly true, many times its proceeded by a period of growth and not always pleasant. Life isn’t filled with rainbows and lollipops. At times we need to change our thinking and thought patterns, this takes time and can be mentally painful.

“Live and love yourself forever, because we are all stuck with what we are.” 

~ M.F Moonzajer ~

For example, if you must decide about something, you may resist the change even though you know it’s inevitable. Resistance is not necessarily being stubborn. For whatever reason you are not ready to move forward, this process can’t be hurried. Unless you are standing on the edge of a cliff and someone is chasing you with an ax, and the only way to escape is by jumping in the sea. If you resist here, you may end up on the CI (Criminal Investigation) channel.

“As long as you’re moving, it’s easier to steer.” 
~Anonymous~

I look over the years and see a pattern of behaviour in myself, a pattern of cycles starting from my youth, to this very moment in time. We can be too hard on ourselves during these periods of change and beat ourselves up for not moving forward, or taking ‘massive action’ a popular phase that is frequently used.

Gillian CallcottYou can’t hurry this process, it takes time… especially if you are working on yourself.

A break through usually happens when you have reached your capacity.

Take care and be kind to yourself, you will become unstuck in due course.

Life is a cycle, which includes your emotions.

“It comes and goes in waves, it always does, it always does. And carries us away.” Dean Lewis -Waves lyrics

 

 

 

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lost opportunities in life

Are you frightened to take a risk? Are you willing to try new things? Do you regret lost opportunities? Or do you crave a change of scene or change of career and are fearful of taking the chance?

I would like to take you on a short journey into the past, a journey that for some is full of regret and lost opportunity.

This is a story about a beach shack, built behind sand dunes, facing the powerful Pacific Ocean.

It was an old beach house when I was thirteen, two storey fibro, with another living space underneath and a small flat at the back.

My parents rented this beach house from an elderly couple who they got to know very well.

I loved that place, and spent many summers on the beach. The thing I remember fondly were the nights or should I say the early morning hours.

I would wake up frequently around 2am and go down to the bottom of the garden and sit on the timber bench and watch the surf roll in.

I recall moonlight nights when the beach was like daylight and the water would shimmer like a hot summer day.

Other nights the sky was ink black and lit up like a Christmas tree, the milky way clearly visible… I would sit there and look at the constellations and try and pin point each of them. They are great memories to be cherished forever.

During this time my parents were given an opportunity of a lifetime, an opportunity to purchase this beach house, this beach shack, this place I loved.

The elderly couple approached them because they really liked them, even I could see that at thirteen.

They even offered vendor finance, I remember them saying the flat rental underneath will assist with the mortgage and the little flat in the front can also be rented. (although it wasn’t council approved) I recall being excited by the prospect of living forever in this house, especially at thirteen.

But there was an obstacle for my parents…. the weather hadn’t been good, we had cyclonic winds and beach erosion, and further along the beach an old beach home was in danger of being swallowed up by the surf.

This created a lot of fear for my Dad especially, he was and still is an anxious and extremely cautious person.

I can remember the discussions my parents had about taking on this property and living on the beach front, and to be fair… the Pacific Ocean when its angry is rather frightening.

Well I don’t have to tell you what happened….

My parents didn’t take up the offer, this once in a life time opportunity, this house which would eventually be worth millions, this beach shack that is still standing to this day nearly fifty years later.

In fact my Dad doesn’t even like walking past it now, even at ninety two years of age, at the time of writing this post, it still hurts, his lost opportunity, a lifestyle lost. Although my parents have done well, regrets still haunt them years later….

Yet others can brush themselves off and start again without looking back. This post was written with the approval of my Dad, he read it and watched the video I took.

What about you, any lost opportunities? Any regrets? I am sure there is, but the good news is there is an opportunity waiting for you now… if you are looking for a change, an opportunity to get started in the digital economy, its waiting for you.

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What will my retirement lifestyle look like

Are you thinking about retirement?… Not yet! The thirty-something might say…

Let me ask you this question… What would your retirement lifestyle look like, if you did think about it?

Most of us don’t want to think about the amount of funds we will need to be able to retire comfortably. We may have done the sums based on the super we have now, a panic runs through us, so we shut down. I’m stuck in this 9-5 job for the next twenty plus years and the chances of things changing are remote, you might say.

All the news reports are doom and gloom about retirement, they are now saying we will need one million dollars to retire comfortably in 2017. Who knows how much that will blow out to in the next ten years. They also say that 1 in 3 woman retire with no super and the rest only have $100,000 and men with $200,000 in retirement funds. If that’s not enough the government wants us all working till we are seventy.

This doesn’t look like a future retirement dream to me….

The media is correct

One thing the media is correct in saying… we need to do something more to secure our future retirement lifestyle.

When you look at the figures presented, a single person living on approximately $25,000 and a couple around $35,000 is not much of a lifestyle. You are on the poverty line.

I can relate to people not wanting to think about it, I did that for years. It’s not that I didn’t want to prepare, its more like I couldn’t see a solution. Throw in a few of life events, death of a partner, divorce and illness, all these circumstances can impact on your future retirement lifestyle dream.

Live your retirement!

Even if you are enjoying a great income… you have a nice Superfund nest-egg and own your own home, things could still go pear shaped.

We really need to have multiple income streams or know how to produce them.

Many are comfortable… with their retirement nest-egg working for them, they are also deriving income from their investment portfolios and life is good.

Or should be…

However there are just as many even though they would be classified as financially secure, do not enjoy their retirement they don’t want to spend it, they are full of anxiety and fear about the next rainy period, and they have forgotten how to live life.

So it’s not just about money, it’s about balance…

What would be the point of working hard all your life, if you didn’t know how to enjoy your retirement.  Or you are too scare to let go and live.

Personally, I think some get caught in a loop of collecting security in the form of super or property, it’s similar to the 9-5 treadmill many of us find ourselves on, but this treadmill goes on till they die. (if they don’t enjoy their wealth, their children or grandchildren or relatives will)

 

What is the answer? Retire before retirement!

In my opinion the answer is simple, you retire before retirement age. That doesn’t mean you sit on a beach somewhere doing nothing… it means living life on your terms and if that should mean sitting on a beach with a beer in hand in some exotic location, so be it. It’s your dream not mine after all! Find out what your why is?

How do I retire before retirement?

We have already established that some retiree spend little of their money, just in case of an emergency. They may well have their nest eggs working for them, however… this can have a psychological effect after working for decades in the corporate world, or in a previous business.

There is only one way to retire early….  learning to create an income stream that you can develop before retirement age, one that can eventually replace your existing income, and can support a retirement lifestyle without the stress of a conventional business.

A business that isn’t age specific, with ongoing support from a community of like minded individuals and mentors. An online business where you can earn, while you learn. There is such a business, subscribe to my email list and receive a seven day video series, for more information, gain some insight to the possibility of retiring early.

This of course is not realistic to many, the answer is always a simple one, but the implementation is the challenge. I’ve said it before you have to have a business, your own income streams. There is an endless variety of opportunity available today, some of them good.

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