Random Thoughts: Hey, September!

It’s the first day of September. In the Philippines, this means you can feel the Christmas vibes everywhere! You might find it weird but, yes, Philippines starts ‘Christmas season’ very early. It’s not I’m complaining because I love it. A lot of Filipinos will start to put up Christmas decorations, play Jose Mari Chan’s Christmas songs and children carolling.

When it hits September, I always ask myself ‘What happened in the last 8 months?!’. It felt like yesterday, I guess when you’re getting older and get busier, you don’t notice the time. But surely, we’ve all learned, moved on from something and became a better person.


I made a post last January about my goals/resolutions for this year. You can find the full post here. I’ll try to give you some updates on where I am now:


1. Read and finish at least one book every month. So I joined the reading challenge in Good Reads and I managed to finish 7 books out of 15. 
 
2. Save and transfer regularly (applies to both UK and PHL accounts). I’ve not religiously transferred to my local bank account but I’m not far off from my target amount! A few thousands more to go and hello X digits!
 
P.S I work very hard to save. 

3. Invest more. I’ve maintained 2 companies in my portfolio. I’ve sold one company a few months ago (gained quite well) and bought JFC! I’ve always been eyeing Jollibee and, yes, dreams do come true. 
 
I’m thinking to fund again my SunLife mutual funds to diversify my portfolio. Always remember, never put all your eggs in one basket.

4. Travel at least once a year. I’ve been to different places this year. I’ve been to Germany and Belgium because of work (one of the perks of working in a big company that operates worldwide). I’ve been to London twice this year, Isle of Wight, nearby towns and we’ll be in Edinburgh in the next few weeks!
 
My family visited me here in England last April which was a bonus! We’re planning for their 2nd trip again for next year.
 
5. Spring cleaning! We’ve managed to let go of things we no longer need so I guess goal complete! 
 
6. Lose at least a stone and eat more healthy foods. This goal is the most challenging. Honestly, it’s not easy to lose weight. I don’t think I’ve lost a stone as of today but I’m trying to eat healthy foods. I bought a mini blender and regularly make a smoothie to drink in the morning as my breakfast substitute.
 
This is an ongoing goal and I have 4 months to work on this.
 
7. Be thankful every day. Whenever I’m having a bad day, I always think how blessed I am. I’m lucky I have a roof over my head, eats three (or more) times a day, buy things I want, and many more. I have my family and friends who love and support me. There is always something in your life you’re blessed with. If you think you don’t, think again. Write it down if necessary.

Another thing worth mentioning is we managed to get a new kitchen! It’s not cheap but worth it!
 

We have 4 more months to enjoy and settle any unfinished business before the year ends. Grab that pen, write down anything you’d like to do and make it happen. 

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