Running and recovery

Since my encephalitis I have been suffering from concentration problems, analytical and problem solving issues, among other things. My recovery has gone fairly steadily upwards in the beginning but now is stalling a bit. One thing that is helping me a lot is exercising. Especially running. It helps me regaining my energy and makes me feel very happy. As my Paris marathon got cancelled I have now selected a new Marathon as a nice goal to work towards. It’s not going to be an attempt on my PR, the aim is to get across the finish line in one piece.

My recovery experts told me I have to select a goal to work towards and that there should be no pressure. So this is what I selected. I will keep a log of my training activity and share my thoughts on how it’s affecting me in general and towards the recovery.

Time and life

Time is a unknown factor in life, while planning ahead for retirement and saving some money for later sometimes your time can be cut short. So why not try to invest to get a bit more free time now.

The main goal for me to pursue financial independence, is time. This became even more evident when I got sick in February.

While I maintain a healthy lifestyle and mostly watch my health closely, you can’t control it. I have some stuff I want to do before I am too old to do it, such as running a few more marathons and a few Ultra trails. While some people run them at age 70 , changes might be I am not in a shape to do that after I am retired. Also there are a few travel experiences I cannot fit in the 24 days off I get every year.

So I am now even more determined to become largely financially independent and have the options of taking months of to train and travel. I have been on this path for some time now, while it is easier with a full time yob which pays well, fast is nice , but a bit slower and doing what I really love doing might be more important.

I will keep you posted on the progress.

A new start with music

After a lot of years of on and off music making and never really finishing anything I sold most of my music gear and only kept a few software bits. The software never really inspired me, I simply like knobs and things, also the never ending possibility’s in software made me go nuts. As in I simply got lost in making sounds and not tracks. So I decided to get a few bits of hardware and use the computer as a recorder. So just jamming and I will see what happens.

Got a old boss effects processor, an Emu ESI 4000 sampler an Elektron machinedrum and I already had a small and incomplete (as if it will ever be complete) Eurorack. I will start with those.
And although I fear this, will put it on the website.

Hopefully I will find the energy to get very active again. It will also help me focus on one thing and this will be good for my recovery.

Portfolio news – May 2016 additions

The portfolio in May has seen one new addition. Amsterdam commodities otherwise known as Acomo. It’s a trader in all sorts of agricultural products, they trade seeds, nuts, tea and all sorts of other ingredients.

They have a healthy dividend stream and I think the commodities trade will pick up more in the not to distant future, especially food related.

Some further information can be found on their website. Acomo 5 year numbers

May 2016 – Dividend

Another month has passed and its time again for the dividends. A nice month.
I will be reinvesting all dividend’s, and hopefully this will lead to more growth in the portfolio.

Dividends without the tax:

4-mei Dividend (AHOLD KON) EUR 5,20
12-mei Dividend (NSI) EUR 14,00
12-mei Dividend (K+S AG NA O.N) EUR 28,75
12-mei Dividend (APPLE INC. – COMMON ST) USD 5,04
13-mei Dividend (ADIDAS AG NA O.N) EUR 8,00
13-mei Dividend (ONEOK INC. COMMON STO) USD 5,44
20-mei Dividend (Product: ACCELL GROUP) EUR 7,20

Total EUR 73,63

Ansome – Stowaway

Another great techno find for me last week, the album Stowaway by Ansome. Discovered it after I bought a new EP by Perc and checked out other releases on the label.

Exactly my kind of Techno, dark and relentless, like an old locomotive. Poldark and Back alley Sally are the favorites for me at the moment. But the whole album is excellent.

Pictures part II

Recently I started taking a camera with me most of the time. When I go walking, or just go to the city. I walk a lot at the moment so i get some nice opportunities to take a few pictures.
Mostly Graffiti and Street photography. These pictures were taken with a Minolta XG1 , it’s an old camera which I borrowed from a good friend. The first film has been developed now and here are a few of them. It contains two pictures of which I also took pictures with my digital camera. See the old post :).

First time I am shooting with film and I made a few mistakes with the light and some other errors. I enjoyed it very much. It’s just relaxing. Which I need at the moment.

Portfolio news – April 2016 additions

Another month and a few new additions to the Portfolio. First is NSI , which is a real estate company. They have offices and shopping malls they rent out, a tricky business at the moment. They offer full service solutions and advise as well. Which I think is the way forward, not just rent it out and see if the renter makes it but help their business as well.

So that makes this purchase one with a bit more risk. It’s relatively cheap and pay’s nice dividend, just under 4% of current share price. The debt is reasonable and should not be a problem in the coming years. The have an occupancy rate of around 77% which is not bad.

Next additions are too existing positions, Coca Cola and Munich Re. Coca Cola got a bit beaten up on the day when the results came out. So I bought some. Making the position up too par within the portfolio.

Munich Re has been available with a bit of a discount , and needed to be more in line with the rest of the portfolio. It’s a very stable company with a impressive history and solid dividend payments.

April 2016 – Dividend

I always like to watch the dividends come in. Someone famous said something along those lines. I need to lookup the exact quote.
Well it’s a lot of fun. This month has been a good month. Next few months will be a bit more slow dividend wise.

Anyway, these are the numbers. I will be posting about the April additions to the portfolio somewhere next weekend. Enjoy your weekend!

In Euro without the tax :

1/04/2016 Dividend (COCA-COLA COMPANY (THE) EUR 2,63
11/04/2016 Dividend (NEDAP) EUR 25,60
12/04/2016 Dividend (ICAHN ENTERPRISES L.P.) EUR 1,13
15/04/2016 Dividend (W.P. CAREY INC. REIT) EUR 7,32
19/04/2016 Dividend (WHOLE FOODS MARKET IN) EUR 1,02
25/04/2016 Dividend (Product: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPA) EUR 1,73
27/04/2016 Dividend (Product: CISCO SYSTEMS INC. -) EUR 5,47
28/04/2016 Dividend (Product: MUENCH.RUECKVERS.VNA O.N) EUR 41,25
29/04/2016 Dividend (Product: DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY) EUR 3,93

Total 90,08

Edit 03/05/2016. Forgot the Dow Chemical dividend. Added it.