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A few years ago I decided to start a new career as a performer. I used to be a biology teacher but couldn't face walking around in a white coat all day teaching children who didn't want to learn. Actually it wasn't so much the children as the system cause I think all children want to learn - they just don't all want to learn in schools. Anyway I now work as a Life and Executive coach. Work is perhaps not the right word because it never feels like work. I just love to see people grow and change. I love it when they peel of the layers of limiting beliefs and find their true self. And I make some great frends in the process. I've re-discovered my writing and have published two poetry books and now working on 2 CDs, a novel, a book of short stories and talking to someone about a collaoration on a film script. That should keep me busy for a whild. Oh and I do bellydance.
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Saturday, 28 February 2009

Let go and let God

The last week's been very strange. I've had some time for reflection and realised how far I've drifted from the spiritual principle of pure potentiality. This was crystalized in a conversation I had with one of the housemates on Thursday night and then reinforced when I was listening to Whitney Houston's 'When you Believe' the following day. I'd forgotton the true meaning of the phrase 'let go and let God'. So I'm back in a space where I am willing to go with my destiny and not try so hard to take control. I have a feeling the fifth housemate will appear soon and won't be anything like I've been expecting; but will be perfect.

We've started to veiw properties and seem to be guided in paths we would have not have chosen (cock ups by estate agents sending us to the wrong properties) but we're choosing to see it as guidance. Nothing suitable presented itself yet - but it's early days.

Decided today that I have to do a poetry workshop soon as I don't seem able to write at the moment - even with all the material I have from doing the development. Going to watch 'The Secret' again tonight.
Thursday, 19 February 2009

The final hurdles

Just one room left to be let now. I could hardly believe it when a police officer contacted me, interested in letting the room. Not sure if she will take it after she views but it would be really intersting to have the full sent of emergency services represented in the house - and I'm totally gobsmacked by how close I am to my wish list.

We're still finishing off a few bits (external extractor in the kitchen; and now the skip is finally gone we need to hose down the front drive) but it is feeling almost there now. Beginning to view other properties - just testing the water.

I am always amazed when I get communication from people who have read my blog, I am often surprised by who reads it.
Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Skipping along

Just realized I haven't posted a blog since the second tennant moved in - life has been a little hectic, but I feel I have something to celebrate today - They removed the skip. For the last two and a half weeks I've been phoning WasteAway every day to come and pick up the skip. They seem to have two people who answer the phone; one appear quite pleasant and the other quite rude. Every day I phoned and if it was the rude one he would say they are running behind because of the snow (long after the snow had gone) if it was the nice one he would say they'll come and get it today - every day for two weeks I heard that. Sometimes they would actually give me a time and if it went past that time I'd phone again and be told it was the driver's last job. When I complained to a friend who is in the building trade he explained that they are probably not in a rush because they have to pay to have the skip contents dumped, and if they're not busy and needing the skip - well - why rush? Anyway, I meditated today and decided to detatch from the whole skip thing, went off to my first ever property auction (huge fun - just looking) and when I came back it was gone; space now for four cars. It had been there so long it almost felt like a permanent feature. Don't think I'll be hiring from that company again.

Back to the auction. I was gobsmacked at the prices houses were going for compared with the estate agents. A really nice 2 bedroom flat in Wake Green Rd, Moseley went for £65,000, three bedroom houses from between 65k and 97k, and a four bedroom house in Aston went for £102,000. Whole flats in Nechells went for £34,000 - some people have that much on a credit card. Anyway it was immerse your self in property day cause I went to the Property Investment Network meeting at the Strathallen tonight. It was good to reconnect with investors, and to meet up again with those who didn't take a break from investing and are now property millionaires - and still down to earth and pleasant. Hi OSA - good to meet you.

And there was one little twist to the end of the day. A police officer is interested in the house - could have the full set of emergency services - how cool would that be?
Saturday, 7 February 2009

Second tennant moves in

The second tennant arrived this afternoon, and as I hand't heard from the Scottish lass he had the second ensuite room. I sat down for a meal with both of them tonight and as I listened to the fire officer and the paramedic I was amazed at how much responsibility these young men carry in their jobs. Their's can be a job of life and death and although mostly they manage to save lives somethimes there is death; and at 26 and 28 years of age they have learned to take it in their stride; to get on with the job in hand and to develop a sense of humour that others may find morbid but which is part of thier way of dealing with things. (Kind of reminded me of working at Glenthorne all those years ago). What else was surprising was realizing that these two young men could meet in thier professional capacity at an incident (at least they'll know each other).

I have another viewing tomorrow from someone who works in the distribution industry. I'm not quite feeling it with this one (but then I really felt it with the girl from Scotland and she didn't take the room).

Call me glutton for punishment but I found myself on the internet looking for more houses last night and found a very promising one which Andrew and I are hoping to go and look at on Monday
Friday, 6 February 2009

First tennant arrives

My first tennant moved in today. A fire officer. When we first started the conversion I looked at the industries/institutions/services that were in the area and decided that nurses, fire officers and police officers would be ideal tennants. I focused on this throughout the development and planned each room with these people in mind. Imagine my delight and amazement when the first tennant to pay her deposit was a law student (not quite police but legal) the second a fire officer, the tennant due to move in tomorrow is a paramedic (not quite nurse but medical and coming from Wales) and the lady who came to view today is also a law student - moving from Scotland to work in Birmingham but studying at the same law school as the first tennant. I have not believed in coincidences for a while and this has just confirmed this belief for me. It is worth focusing on what you want and believing it will happen.

The last couple of days have been very hectic - still so much to do. Preparing induction material; sorting keys; making up inventories; clearing stuff that's still around the house - can't believe how much stuff there is still hanging around. In a wierd way having tennants is going to force me to be a bit more tidy and organised. That's got to be a good thing.
Sunday, 1 February 2009

On the brink

Its all feeling a bit unreal - but exciting. The electricians are in today doing the testing for the landlord's certificate. The final (hopefully) part of the redevdelopment. And I already have 2 tennants waiting to move in. I started to do viewings last week - of the 3 people I showed around 2 have said yes and I think the other would also have said yes if it wasn't so far from his work. This is very encouraging. They are both interesting people and it will be a pleasure getting to know them. I feel a mountain of paperwork coming on as I rush to get induction folders together and get instructions for using the appliances made up. I'm also wading my way through the changing legislation relating to private landlords (and to think one of the reasons I got out of child care was because it was so heavily regulated and stifling creativity) Still, I guess we have a long way before we get to the same state as Children's Law.

Thursday night was great - nothing special for my friends but fantastic for me to just be out with no workmen to get up for the next day. And I went to the gym on Friday morning. The mucsles remembered and it felt like I had come home. That seratonin stuff really works. I was nigh on bouncing home, buzzing, on a high from feeling that every muscle in my body was alive. God, I hate being unfit.

So, on the brink of new profession and really looking forward to it.