I don’t want him to stop


I’m a little late to the party but here’s something what happened about a month ago. It’s this guy Scott Calum singing a cover of Robyn’s “Dancing on my own” and it’s beautiful.
It’s a very powerful song and it’s one of those magical songs which I don’t want to stop. Listening to it on repeat is just not good enough, I want the guy to keep going and going.
I love it when someone takes something old and makes it his own masterpiece. If you think about it you don’t need to invent the wheel every time, just look at what somebody’s done and tweak it. Scott Calum is proof of that.
I don’t follow the BGT show myself because I find it hard to watch people fail and have their dreams destroyed. Showbiz is a very cut-throat place to be in.
And the moment Simon presses the big buzzer… I’m all smiles every time I watch the video. Enjoy!

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Level 4


It’s official. I have completed the Diploma in Financial Planning and can now legally give financial advice. However it’ll take some time until that actually happens as I need to transition into that role. Most people who jump into advising after getting the diploma sink and drown. Nobody knows for sure how the process will look like but I’m sure I’ll get there.
Another bonus was getting a raise which is always a good thing. During my appraisal this Wednesday I found out a few things about how I’ve grown as a person at work. That came as news to me because I don’t think I’m any different from when I first started. I was told that my attitude in the beginning was very different – I just wanted to get the work done and never think of it again but now I’m more concerned about doing things right and making sure our clients are happy. I think to a large extent it’s because I’ve moved from a purely admin role (answering the phone, booking client meetings, scanning stuff etc) to a more technical and interesting paraplanning position.
I’m looking forward to the future, things are starting to look good.
That’s it for now.

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Every time


After my zouk classes and social dancing I feel like the world is a little better or a bit less shitty or even almost good. Maybe this is just me trying to be British – polite and humble and all that.

Going on the tube, you start noticing good things all around you. The singing or guitar music of some weird street artist, a girl giving up her seat for an old woman, people giving money to the homeless beggars. On the inside it feels a lot like running a half marathon and noticing that at the 18th kilometer you’re likely to finish in less than 100 minutes. Somehow running becomes so easy and you effortlessly speedup and it feels good to run. And no, you’re not running at that point, you’re flying, nothing can stop you from clocking that sub 100 half.

I go through the same sensations after my zouk classes, every single time – no running required. You’ll also have the added benefits of good music, beautiful and happy people. Based on my experience, the happiest people I know are zouk dancers. Salsa and bachata people are a close second.

I might be too kind with my words, considering that I’ve been deprived of zouk for the last 2 months because of my exams.

I realized that I didn’t mention in my previous post that my R06 (Financial Planning Practice) exam re-mark came back as a fail which was very disappointing. I’ll take it again in July.

exams done

There’s some good news. I had 3 exams this week (multiple choice questions, much easier than the R06 or AF papers) and managed to pass them all. I figured out there are two paths to getting my diploma and if I understood the completion requirements correctly, it means that I should be a diploma qualified financial planner now. I’m waiting for my Level 4 diploma to pop in in the post. It’ll take up to a month to get it, and there’s also the risk of me misinterpreting the diploma completion requirements. So at this point I don’t have a definitive answer whether I’ve made it or not. Stay tuned.

There are more exams planned (AF exams), to progress towards the Advanced Diploma (which is needed for Chartered Status) but these can only be taken in April and October. I’ll have more free time now and can focus on other things.