A bit late with this update – my head’s not been quite right as September was a month of quite extreme highs and lows.
Work gave us the day off to do the annual charity walk.
62 of us set off early one Friday morning to do the Saddleworth 3 Peaks – not everyone completed it but I did…eventually!
Over 25km (just under 16 miles) and I made it to the pub at the end (what else? 🙂 ) in almost exactly EIGHT hours! It was pretty exhilarating, there were breath-taking views and I’m glad I did it but not sure I would (or could) do it again!
I nearly joined some others in giving up after the second peak, but decided to soldier on, despite being in real pain – my left knee did not cope well with the downhill pounding. I had a walking pole (which helped) and ended up taking painkillers (which didn’t help).
Still, we couldn’t have asked for better weather and I’m certain I wouldn’t have made it if we’d had the rain-lashing and high winds experienced during the Snowdonia walk from a few years back. £5000 raised for charity (as a team) with the company matching it so all went to good causes.
I found out a few months ago that one of my friends from uni (fellow course and house mate) had undergone chemo for cancer. First round went well and all sounded quite positive.
However, the second round of chemo didn’t go well and she was in a coma for a month. She won’t recover fully from this and there was mention of her in line for a move to a hospice.
I and some other friends went to visit her as soon as we found out (6 hour round trip by car, plus hotel stay). What a roller coaster of emotions that weekend was – my friend was herself but also, obviously, not herself. We don’t know how long she has left (could be weeks, months?) and they continue to monitor how her body is battling the illness. She has however made it clear to all that she does not want to ‘exist’ like this.
As she has lost most of her sight, when we turned up, we played the game “Guess who I am?” and she got us all by our accents! The ward nurses said that it was lovely to hear laughter coming from the room as we reminisced about our foolish youthful antics and were probably a bit loud! It’s down to us now to provide a little joy in her life.
Us friends realised regretfully that it had been over 10 years since we had all met up face to face – busy lives and all that, although we did catch up via video during lockdown and the friendships and connections have been maintained over the years (we all graduated in 1991!) first via Facebook, but lately via Whatsapp.
Life is just far too short and we must make time for loved ones before it is too late.
Sorry for that downbeat update but I feel better for writing that down.
I guess one good thing to come out of this was that I caught up with the friend who had FIRE’d (mentioned in my July interim post). It was as I thought – two good careers, leading to a couple of investment properties (sold) and now living the good (retired) life. Great for them, hoping to join them in the not too distant future!
Anyway, how did I get on with my numbers?
I saved 15.1% of my net salary. The above includes £31.94 from doing Prolific surveys, £10 from a charity lotto win and £20 from matched betting winnings.
Shares and Investment Trusts
I just topped up existing investments.
Current share/IT portfolio can be found here.
(Entire portfolio here)
My portfolio continues to creep along in a mostly sideways movement, ending up at £231,906.
Dividends and Other Income
A very good month for dividends.
Not a lot of time spent on this, so made just a tiny £22.19 this month.
Think I’m still on track with the dividend goal and the non-fiction books but might struggle with the other ones. Will keep at it though.
If not for @Kid Cocoa, @GFF and @dearieme who all commented and mentioned the benefits of kefir in my June update, I would not have given the stuff another try, only to find that over the years, my taste buds have changed and I do now like it! So, thanks guys! 🙂
Realising that I already had all the ‘equipment’ needed to make my own, I bought some kefir grains (from Amazon) and started making my own. My grains have ‘grown’ so I have passed some to my sister, who is now also making her own kefir!
The main benefit I’ve noticed from drinking kefir so far (after nearly a month) is that I feel less bloated than usual. I don’t mind drinking it on the own but love making it into smoothies, with the banana & apple smoothie making a tasty breakfast drink, great to have while I’m still doing my 14/10 intermittent fasting.
I’m now in a routine of making a fresh batch of kefir every couple of days but the strain on my poor smoothie maker (which had previously been gathering dust for years at the back of the cupboard) has resulted in a broken seal so I’ll be bargain-hunting come Amazon Prime day or Black Friday. An early Christmas present for myself perhaps. (Apologies for mentioning the ‘C’ word already, haha!).
My workload has gone insane and the number of late nights has continued to ramp up. It’s therefore important that I try to stay healthy; I’ve missed a couple of gym sessions but still going at least once a week. I’m ensuring that I get enough sleep too.
I still have quite a lot of holidays left so once the bulk of this project has been done, I’ll be booking some long weekends off.
Hope you all had a great September.