Introduction to Raymonds Blog

Hi and thanks for stopping by. I have talked about starting a blog on the finer things in life for sometime now, but, I have struggled to find the inspiration to actually sit down and do it. As many of my friends know I work in Finance and my hobbies are golf, traveling and collecting fine wines. I hope to talk about everything important in my life on this blog as well as give some useful insight into how to invest for your future. I also want to discuss my hobbies in more detail as these are things I am passionate about.

Some of you may know that I have spent the last 9 months on a serious weight loss and fitness campaign. Getting to my final goal of losing 25kg is still going to take some time but I am working hard on achieving it.  The aim is to lose the weight so I can become healthier and (hopefully!) improve my golf swing. Golf is a sport all about timing and if you carry too much weight it can become more difficult to control the club and keep the ball going in the right direction. So far, I have lost around 14kg and I can already see a massive difference. I am trying to run most mornings (which is not easy) but this a lot harder than I anticipated. It is so much easier to sit and drink a cup a coffee and watch the news than to put on the running shoes as get out the house. I aim for a couple of small sessions a week but so far I struggle to keep one going! This is something I am going to have to really work on it if I want to see progress.

My other passion is collecting wine which costs me the most money! Fine wines are expensive and you often find they do not keep as well as you had hoped! There is nothing worse than finding a decent bottle, storing it for years only to find it has gone off and you have to pour it away! I prefer red wines as opposed to white and I also have to be careful not to drink to much before golf the next day! Building a wine collection takes time and patience as well as a lot of cash, but, it is very rewarding and something you can do from home.

My OfficeMy professional life consists of sitting in a dull office running the accounting department of a medium size business. I am not sure what I was thinking when I chose this career as it really is not much fun. It does, however, pay well which allows me to follow my passions and attend to my hobbies. They also allow me to escape on Wednesday afternoons for golf 🙂 I suppose we all have to do something as a career so we may as well choose something that offers security and a decent rate of pay.

Unfortunately, I do not get the chance to travel as much as I would like due to work commitments and a family (two kids at school makes it extremely difficult!) but I hope to pick it up as time goes on. There are many place in the world I would love to visit but I am going to have to plan that for later on in life.

I hope you enjoy following my blog and please feel free to email me if you have any thoughts or suggestions.