Living my new dream

Although I have been extremely privileged to already be living my dream of making it out to New Zealand, I’ve increasingly recognised that I’m happiest in a workshop space, problem solving, finding effective solutions, and being active with my body, hands, and mind. It’s in a workshop space I also get to indulge my desire for accuracy, precision, efficiency, and quality.

To this end, and due to the ongoing risks of Omicron and Covid in general, I needed to step down from a number of my other paid and voluntary roles. The risks around Covid have been too high.

However, we have been able to secure the lease of a large workshop space in Masterton, which we’re now configuring into an incredible workshop space, through CreativeMakers.co.nz

A number of new and old tools are on the way. However being on a remote island, during a pandemic, with a war in Europe, and recent flooding in Australia, has meant that many tools and materials are heavily delayed. I’ve been looking at a 6 months typical wait time for tools and materials that would normally arrive in in 3-4 weeks at the latest (if not carried in-stock). Similarly goods that have been holding their prices pretty well for the last few years, have now suddenly increased by 50% during the last 4 months alone.

We’re clearly not living in a time ‘as it was’, this is the new abnormal.

Hopefully the new workshop venture will at least cover the lease & living costs, providing affordable items for things that are needed, and supported by things that are wanted.

I’m looking forward to what the future holds.

Making all my dreams come true…

I’m here.

In the late 1990’s, I set myself a target : to retire by 2012 (aged 35), emigrate to New Zealand with a million in the bank, and still have my health to enjoy it.

After working mostly 100 hour weeks for most of the last 13 years, I was about 18 months behind my planned schedule, and quite a lot under budget (depending on your currency), but my health is fortunately still great, and I’m now here in NZ, living my dream.

My VW California Campervan was shipped out to arrive a couple of months after I got here.  So I’m now sat in it, in a gorgeous secluded valley with a river alongside, near a gorgeous beach on the North Island, the waves slowly rolling across the sandy shore.

I have enough money coming in from my investments in the UK, to just about support myself financially for the immediate future (so long as I’m careful, with just a few hours a week managing various things remotely via email).

I fortunate to have developed a good few strings to my bow, that I can call on as desired, so when I want to earn some extra money to pay for something special, I have plenty of options to choose from.  With the work I’ve previously done, I’m also not afraid of the hard work, rolling up my sleeves, and whatever it may take to get there.

For the last two months (waiting for the camper to arrive), I’ve restricted myself to relaxing in the bigger cities, just switching between Auckland and Wellington.  In the process, meeting loads of incredible people, integrating with the locals, and enjoying each and every day.

With my camper now here, I now have the freedom to go beyond.  To explore new lands.  To seek out new ideas.  To boldly go where I’ve been dreaming of going for so long.

It’s an amazing feeling.

So what do I do when all my dreams have come true?
Enjoy it.