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The importance of legacy: who wants more fame when you could have lasting influence?

It’s interesting to reflect on how many of most influential people in any field of human endeavour were not famous during their own lifetime.  Vincent Van Gogh never sold a painting while he was alive, but now his merest scribble sells for millions, and he is acknowledged as one of the greatest artists of all time.   Read more »

Mai Chen supports Sir Ray Avery’s LifePod Incubator project

The sale of ‘My-Bucket List”, the site for Wills online, started by Mai Chen, has benefitted Sir Ray Avery’s LifePod Incubator project with Mai and her husband Dr John Sinclair making a donation of $10,000.

Sir Ray Avery’s charity Medicine Mondiale is focused on creating quality products that make a difference to health in the developing world. He is presently fundraising for his LifePod Incubator that is innovative, economical and can save 500 babies in its lifetime.

“The $10,000 donation from Mai Chen and her husband Dr John Sinclair translates into 2,500 babies who will now have the chance at life,” said Sir Ray. “The world needs more people like Mai with great ideas and corporates with social consciousness if we want our planet to be a better and fairer place”.

Sir Ray Avery and Mai Chen have worked together on a number of projects with Mai has been Ray’s lawyer when he has needed legal advice. “I have a great respect for Ray, his world view and his work”.

Recently Sir Ray helped Mai on a project encouraging people to look after their families’ future by making a will and encouraging them to plan their personal bucket list.

On handing over the site to a company she knew could achieve her global vision, Mai and her husband wanted to use some of the proceeds to a project that would make a difference.

“Ray was one of the first people I tried the Wills online concept to, and he got it immediately and understood that doing a will makes you focus on living the life you have now,” explained Mai Chen. “He contributed ideas to the project, but most importantly encouraged me that it was the right thing to do to incentivise people to get on and live life fully while doing good, as he has done with his life.”

My-Bucket List was recently purchased by Perpetual Guardian.

Boutique Hotel Bucket List

With Christmas and New Year coming up, the holiday season is upon us very soon!

For those who are still making last minute holiday plans, needing some luxurious inspiration on holiday destinations and accommodation options, or simply planning ahead for a break away in 2015, here is a list of boutique suggestions from Mr & Mrs Smith- partners of Concrete Playground.

Read more here…

Aucklanders are Positive about Life in the City

Aucklanders are seen as self-satisfied and a large majority have a positive outlook on life in the city.

The ‘Quality of Life Project’ is a survey involving 2441 Aucklanders measuring quality of life, health and well being and culture and social networks.

Read the full story of the report findings here…

Families at war: When wills go sour

Avoid having your family at war with each other and ensure your will is updated.

It’s an important task because if you don’t,  you can leave a big problems behind which can be very expensive to sort out. Money can end up in the possession of people who you may not have wanted to benefit in the first place.

Read the story of 3 family court cases involving prominent New Zealand businessmen and their legacies…full story from the NZ Herald here.

10 Steps to Financial Success

Save now so you can have the lifestyle you want tomorrow and for the years to come!

Assessing your financial security now will help you with the pleasures of retirement.

Dr Pushpa Wood from the Fin-Ed Centre at Massey University provides her 10 Steps to Financial Success to help kick off  ‘Money Week’ in support of the annual initiative to educate New Zealanders about money.

Read the 10 steps here….

Life Before Death

This sombre series of portraits taken of people before and after they had died is a challenging and poignant study.

The work by German photographer Walter Schels and his partner Beate Lakotta, who recorded interviews with the subjects in their final days, reveals much about dying – and living.

View images posted on the Guardian here…

Forget the Bucket List:things you should avoid before you die!

Shall we kick the ‘bucket list to the kerb’?!

Often similar experiences are added to the bucket list of many, read on if you want to know the tried and tested  that should be avoided at all costs, so you can concentrate on achieving other exciting experiences on your bucket list.

Read the full article here…..


Positive Thinking Day: 5 ways to ‘think yourself well’

Positive thinking and generally being happy and optimistic can help lower stress levels, prevent depression and prolong the length of your life.

Start today and read how these expert tips can help improve happiness and the quality of life for you.

Read more here….

Thinking of Adding Antarctica to your Bucket List?

Trips to Antarctica are increasingly appearing on the bucket lists of older travellers. The entire trip is a minimum of 11 days with some later in the season that can be extended.

If you have a real passion for photography in nature, this trip would be an added bonus as there are voyages specific for photographers with specialists on board to help travellers capture the best shots throughout the trip.

Read more from the article here…