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My-Bucketlist Blog - August 2013

Quote of the day

“The purpose of life is a life of purpose.”

– Robert Byrne

Quote of the day

“Life is too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right. Forget about the ones who don’t.”

– Harvey McKay

Quote of the day

“Just because you are seventy is no excuse to give up and let others make your decisions for you. The fact that you are still alive is reason enough to believe that you are here for a purpose; and that purpose is to learn, to teach, and to GIVE.”

– Thomas D. Willhite

Twenty Good Summers

I loved Martin Hawes’ book about “Twenty good summers”

In fact I loved it so much, I found it hard to shift my weekend work load after reading it.

I spent time making a list of what I really wanted to do when I should have been finishing a legal opinion, and then I goofed off enjoying the simple things of life – like “wasting time” watching AFV (America’s funniest home videos) with my son – his favourite. I never do this. My son was happy. So was I.

Truth be told, understanding that life is limited is a positive motivator to get on and do the things I have always wanted to do, and a lot of what I want, is not to do so much and to always be in a rush.

It is not more doing – sometimes, it is just enjoying, savouring, and enjoying the simple things in life that I want to do. I spent quite a while scratching my dog’s ears and tummy today – another thing I never have time for and boy did she love that. I spent time staring out my wonderful study window which has the best view in the house. But then I am usually head down concentrating hard. I marvelled at the benign sunshine in Auckland this afternoon. Still enjoying the amazing weather in Auckland in comparison with Dunedin, Chch and Wellington where I have previously lived in this country.

Feeling happy as I am getting on with it – and what it is is sometimes surprisingly simple.

Thanks Martin for your book!


Mai Chen


twenty good summers - martin hawesAbout Martin Hawes and Twenty Good Summers

When financial expert Martin Hawes turned 50 he realised there were many more mountains he wanted to climb, but he wasn’t getting any younger!

So, he thought, he had to make the next twenty summers really count.
Now is the time to be as free as possible, to start working less and living more. But how can you ease back and make sure the money will last as long as you do?

Twenty Good Summers will show you how to free up your lifestyle and organise your money to get the income you need to get on with the rest of your life.

Learn how to:
• plan the life you want;
• maximise your financial potential in your earning years;
• recognise when the time is right to make the break; and
• reorganise your finances to sustain your new lifestyle.

Best-selling author and presenter Martin Hawes enjoys mountaineering, climbing, hiking and skiing.

Oh, and when he’s working he provides individualised financial coaching to help clients become wealthy and free to pursue their dreams too.

Quote of the day

“These then are my last words to you. Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.”

– William James

Quote of the day

“Learn from the past, live for today, work for the future.”

– Stefan Rudolph-

Quote of the day

“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”

– Abraham Lincoln

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Quote of the day

“In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don’t try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.”
– Lao-tzu-

Quote of the day

“Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt