Breaking my blog drought

It’s been a while … a long while since my last blog. Not for lack of things to share …  Just wait. For my regular readers, I’ll share the reason for my silence.  For new readers, I have so many “lessons” to share – helpful lessons I’ve learned that I’m confident can help you in your journey.

The Bad Ill-health, hospital, post-op prescription drug haze, medios’ neglect (and my ignorance) of the need for rehabilitation, specialists with the personality of Frank N. Furter (with none of the funside) at one extreme  – and – true carers at the other extreme….... AND then another round of the same all over again ( round two) all in a 12 month period – provides lots of fuel for interesting topics. The Ugly An immediate return to work on both occasions, no down-time to mend, the call of work commitments both real and imagined, married with my making light of the trauma ….  I camouflaged the worst from family and The Golden Door0306work colleagues …. all part of a senseless game that creates a walking, talking, self-deprecating zombi.  Present in body but elsewhere in mind and spirit. The Good Over the same period  a friend cured of cancer, others saved from the brink of financial failure and numerous other reasons to celebrate  – all good news stories that tilt the scales in favour of life being pretty good. I’ve been ploughing a fertile field of discovery for my interests in both estate planning ( in this case my own mortality) and travel (to hell and back and the people you encounter along the way) with insights into an array of good, bad and enlightening. And this week – my 60th.

The age fits me very comfortably.  NOW marks the beginning of some major changes in my life

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  • Implementing barriers: no more choking on the ‘no‘ word.  Focus has been a ‘concept’ but is now it’s a living force
  • Moving from efficient to effective use of time – no more efficient attention to needless tasks
  • Achieving goals often set, but hitherto illusive – now firmly in sight

60 years in preparation for the Jack … whose box has just been opened. I return to work next Tuesday.

That’s right, I’ve claimed Mondays for myself. Not a ‘transition’ to retirement but rather a release from the ordinary to enable time for the extraordinary.  … But for … some enforced downtime over the last 12 months I may only have achieved my goals as a lawyer over the next decade. Now I have greater ambitions. Much greater. Achieving my ambitious legal practice goals is nowThe Golden Door0273 in context, they’re just a task to achieve on the way to making a difference. It’s that difference that is my real focus, successfully achieving my current career goals notched on the wall along the way …. just a stepping stone on the journey.

It’s good to be back. Ready to laugh again. Ready to embrace.  And doing both.

Who am I ? I’m a specialist estate planning lawyer + professional traveller + keen photographer + political observer. I like to share my experiences across all four devotions – often as a mixed lot. If you like this blog please subscribe for more.

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What Gobi Desert Nomads know about Estate Planning that you don’t: EP Tip 1

Have you visited the Gobi desert?  If not, place it on your ‘to do’ list.  


Goats get a rare treat – water


The Mongolian Nomads live a simple – but hard hard life – in a terrain that is unforgiving….marvel at how they survive.

They have little – of a material nature  – to offer  –  just their hospitality – but its worth the trip just to experience their love of life and their welcoming smiles …and if you are a photographer….its paradise.

This blog includes a few photos I snapped when I was there.

The Gobi is home to about 600,000 Mongolian Nomads – almost half of Mongolia’s population.  

They roam in perpetual search for meager pickings to sustain their livestock stock and themselves.

They roam across vast expanses of gravelly plains sparsely dotted with a short tough grass.

Remote, with long, hard winters at minus 40 C  and short, sizzling summers at +30 C  –  it’s not an easy life.


Inbound dust storm – 10 minutes later – zero visability

While weathered parents and grandparents follow a path that their forbears and nature has laid out for them, they plan the future of their children and children’s children with certainty – direction – determination.

Mother & Child

Mother & Child

I met Bet, a mother, the eldest of 5 children.  Her destiny  – assisting her parents manage their nomadic existence AND facilitating her parents to fund the education of her 4 younger siblings.  Now all professionals.

THEIR PLAN – one day the younger children will provide for her parents in their dotage.   Perhaps a small home on the edge of a town with water, electricity and a plot to keep a few goats.  Their nomadic life a memory.

Bet and babe

Bet and babe

And Bet’s own children – the same long-term plan – one remains on the desert plains to help her and her husband while the others are given the opportunity to be nomads no-more.

The lesson: no matter what our stage in life or our wealth (or lack of it) the time to start planning – our future – our kids’ future – and future generations is NOW.  It’s never too late to start but many things take time to implement so the earlier you start the better the chances of success.

For many people Estate Planning can seem hard – and it can be.  But nowhere as hard as life in the Gobi.





The nomadic people of the Gobi manage to improve the lives of themselves and their future generations – through perseverance and planning.

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