June 27, 2019

Unbelievably it has been a year since I was first diagnosed with breast cancer. I know that because I attended my first annual check this week.  A lot has happened in the last year and I have written various blogs along the way but I haven’t written an update on my hea...

August 18, 2017

When I founded Find Peace of Mind 12 years ago I was starting from scratch. I already had a few years’ experience as an Independent Financial Adviser but no start-up capital and certainly no marketing budget.

I chose a career in financial planning because of my negative...

April 1, 2017

As I sit down to type this, our very own business strategy adviser Ray (AKA Dad to me) is in Norway preparing to undertake the Red Bull Ragnarok 2017.

The Ragnarock is an endurance snow-kite race, its name is taken from an epic battle depicted in Norse mythology, where...

December 9, 2016

With more than slight trepidation I have started planning my first book! Over 15 years of advising clients I have become aware of a real disconnect between people’s personal values and their personal finances.

The pressure placed on us by society to achieve material goa...

April 22, 2016

I have heard this story a few times of late, most recently on re-reading Stephen Covey’s ‘First Things First’…..

A teacher stands in front of his class and places a large glass jar on the table in front of him. He fills the jar to the top with large rocks and asks his s...

March 10, 2016

One of the concepts Covey et al explore in First Things First is that of the four human needs. They describe the following basic needs in our lives:

To live: this represents our physical needs e.g. food, shelter, clothing, economic wellbeing, health.
To Love: this is ou...

December 22, 2015

It is hard to believe it will soon be 2016, this year has flown by quicker than ever and I haven’t got around to updating this blog as frequently as I had hoped. This got me thinking about a book I read earlier in the year, Life in Half a Second by Matthew Michalewicz.

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September 1, 2015

In his 2014 Reith lecture Series, Dr Atul Gawande explores the nature and progress of failure in medicine. I listened to the lectures on recommendation from a friend and was struck by how neatly the points being made by Dr Gawande applied to the financial planning prof...

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