How I saved £2. And why it’s important.

How I saved £2. And why it’s important.

I went to the Hay Festival for the second time this year. It’s only an hour from my house, through fantastic countryside (which feeds the soul) and stimulating to the mind. Mark Stevenson was very interesting in his view of how things can change for the better, revealing, for example, how plants are being re-engineered to use less water so that we will have enough food to cope with another two billion people. The best bit is listening to the questions which are so insightful. I feel that we’re not the only ones who think about how the world can be better and are willing to debate this.

And it’s well organised too. 7 speaker venues arranged round two courtyards, interspersed with good quality refreshments and a few stalls. Talks start simultaneously, last an hour and there is a half hour gap until the next ones.

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Planning my B&B

Planning my B&B

If you read my last blog you’ll know that I split my time between my home in Monmouthshire and work in London, and that I’m planning to create a B&B at home. It’s going well.

The first thing that I did after the planning permission came through for the guests’ sitting and dining room was to check that it was legal to offer B&B without the need for further consents. I asked two lawyers what the law was but they said I should ask a planning consultant which I did (always good to ask the right person!). Turns out that to offer a room in your house for occasional use doesn’t constitute a change of use within planning regulations. So there’s no chance of being closed down and I can start another business.

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Walking the talk

Walking the talk

In the WealthBeing blog, I shall be sharing our progress in developing the business and applying it to ourselves and others.

I’m firmly of the view that you can only ask others to do something if you’re prepared to do it yourself. That’s why the picture beside this blog, is not a perfect view from a picture gallery, but a view from my house, taken by me. If you look closely you’ll see that I’ve pruned a couple of trees which are now the “wrong” shape. But it’s a good view, and it satisfies me. I love it here and I can think of no better visual representation of WealthBeing than this view of our “green and pleasant land”. I’ve been here for 18 months and my challenges in that time have been some of those set out in the guide- creating the home that I want and finding ways to live, now that I have the financial freedom that comes from successfully selling a business that I helped to grow and then sell.

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