Does Money Buy Happiness ?


Have you heard “Money doesn’t buy you happiness” ? I think you probably would have. I don’t agree with it 100 % . Something money does give you is piece of mind. Piece of mind that you can pay the bills, make your mortgage payments. One with a good steady income is able to relax more than the opposite. When money is an issue, it can be always on the mind. Saying from experience, it’s not at all pleasant.

Sometimes the people who say “Money can’t you you happiness ” are extreme wealthy or the complete opposite. An example is ones who are very successful.  We often hear this from the likes of famous people such as famous Musicians / Movie Stars. Perhaps they have had drug or alcohol issues. Some sort of addiction. Maybe they have been married several times. Maybe money is the reason they have had problems…they have so much money they can do what they want, when they want.

We often hear stories of people winning Lotto. They win thousands and thousands of dollars then end up broke. This is crazy. If one wins Lotto, they should think about the long term future. Money should be invested to provide a long term income. You could possibly get rid of your mortgage. I have read many times that is what should be done before anything else.

There is often debate that top earners aren’t paying enough tax. I disagree with this.  If one has a successful career and maybe a 6 figure income, they should be complimented. They are often looked upon as bad people.

So, where were you a few years ago ? I’m probably happier when I was a few years ago. I have things I want to achieve in the next 12 months. Some of this is in regards to money. This will make me alot happier.

Wealth could always be looked upon in more than just monetary terms. I’m glad I have a roof over my head. I’m wealthy because of my supportive family. They have and always be there for me regardless what the situation is. This provides a good piece of mind.

So, I think money can bring happiness …….

in the form of piece of mind.

And Remember…




Motorsport…..like watching paint dry

Sport can help us –

  • Beat stress
  • Improve confidence
  • Socialise and make new friends
  • Have healthy joints, bones and lungs
  • Control weight
  • Keep blood pressure and cholesterol low
  • Reduce risk of heart attack or stroke

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Neurologist Appointment……In A Couple Of Days



Just a couple of days to go and we are off to the Neurologist. 

My last visit was 15 months ago. 

So, I have been very excited about this. It should have been a few weeks ago, but I got a phone call, which put it off for a few weeks. It made me a bit angry at the time, but….never mind.

I have had big changes in medication since my last visit. I have had big improvement with seizure numbers as well, but then I feel it’s slightly gone backwards again in the last 3-4 months. I’m looking forward to taking all my records and having a chat. I write everything down. When I had a seizure/turn and why I think I had it. So, I’ll keep you posted on what comes out of our appointment !!


Epilepsy Stigma – The Uneducated Public

This post is part of the Epilepsy Stigma Blog Relay which will run from June 1 through June 30.
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My Epilepsy joined me at puberty, which is about 20 years ago.

Epilepsy is something that the public are very misinformed about, but at the same time everyone is an expert. Well, many think they are experts. The public need to be much more informed. When one is having a seizure, it is often misdiagnosed as another type of health condition/issue. I have experienced this many times.

The public needs to know ..

  • Epilepsy is not contagious
  • People with Epilepsy are capable of employment
  • People with Epilepsy are not violent
  • Epilepsy can become part of anyone’s life.

There are many types of Epilepsy and when people hear the word Epilepsy, they only think of Grand Mal Seizures. Some with Epilepsy are afraid to be out and open with their Epilepsy . Some with Epilepsy are ashamed. Many with Epilepsy often wonder if they should be honest when moving forward with their career.  Yes, of course you should. You need to be open and honest in all avenues. Your new employer isn’t going to be happy to see a seizure 2 weeks into your new employment if they knew nothing of it. Tell these people about your Epilepsy. If they choose not to employ you just because of your Epilepsy, that’s discrimination. Just because you have Epilepsy, doesn’t mean you aren’t capable of the position.

When meeting new people, you may not like it, but Epilepsy is a part of your life. If people turn away from you when they hear of your Epilepsy, they are not the sort of people to be forming relationships with. Others should love you as you are, Epilepsy or not. The best thing for everyone is to be loved by those closest. Family should love you wherever life takes you.

Everyone needs to understand that Epilepsy could join them tomorrow. But, many have the “No, that will never happen to me ” attitude. Another common one is “No one in my family has ever had Epilepsy so..” Anyone can have Epilepsy, at any stage of life.

Epilepsy may have got you down at some stage in life, but it may become part of your motivation down the road . Epilepsy has become somewhat of a passion for myself. Sound crazy ? Well, as said, many know very little about Epilepsy, so why not be part of the solution. I’m excited about doing this as a board member with the New Zealand Epilepsy Foundation.It’s fantastic to be part of getting more information out there and helping Epilepsy gain more publicity. In doing this, I hope to continue meeting others with Epilepsy. There are quite a number of people with Epilepsy. Think of  1-2 % of the population. I look forward to finding some of these people.

When I mention my Epilepsy , most of the time the person I am talking to will say they know someone with Epilepsy. Everyone seems to know someone with Epilepsy.

Don’t let your Epilepsy own you. Do the things that you want to do. There is a perfect job for us all. That job is called life. So try to enjoy everyday.

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No Turns Today Thanks !!!

So, what do you think ?

I just printed this yesterday and placed it on one of my dressing table drawers.
Hasn’t there been an idea that if  one wants to achieve something, they should be saying it to themselves over and over again ?
So, I thought if I have these words in front of me as soon as I get up in the morning, it may help. It will of course be one of the last things I see at night as well.  80-90 % of my seizures/turns are related to my emotions. So, maybe if I drawerslook at this, it will cement it in my head. Let’s hope what is printed is the outcome again and again.
Hey, why not give it a go.

We Have Got Nothing To Lose & Everything To Gain.

You Are Beautiful Just The Way You Are

Yes, you are beautiful just the way you are !!

Why am I talking about this ? Well, I have always thought this, but recently I was watching  a TV show, “Bodyshockers”. It comes from the U.K. You may have seen it. It’s all about people who have done crazy stuff to there bodies and then regretted it further on in life. Also those who are considering doing something crazy. They often get one from each of these groups together. For example, someone who now regrets a Tattoo , with someone who is about to get a Tattoo. People have had these Tattoos in crazy places, like above/across the top of their breasts. Think of those funny piercing as well, like the ones that leave huge holes in your ears. Are you going to want to have these thing in your ears in 20-30 years time. Will you be happy with a couple of big holes ?

I have never and will never have a Tattoo. This is just my opinion. Why would you want to permanently mark your body like that.The body is a beautiful thing and also an amazing system. It may seem cool when your 18 or 20 to get a Tattoo, but are you still going to have those same feelings when your 50 ? Isn’t there a chance that these Tattoos could be embarrassing ?

I’m only in my mid thirties, but I feel I have changed and grown alot in the last 15 or so years.

Alot of the Sport Stars that our young ones idolize are covered in Tattoos. As I have said, this is a personal choice. But , they may not be in the public’s eye forever. They only have a limited time in the sporting arena.

There are a few Tattooed in my family.  It may sound rather nasty, but I always joke that if my children ever get a Tattoo I’ll be divorcing them. As we know, that’s not possible. I will love my kids 100%  wherever life takes them.

We are beautiful just the way we are. My wife isn’t someone who wears alot of makeup. People should be looking are your face, not your makeup. Maybe there is a balance that can be found of just a little.

Breast Implants/plastic surgery puzzle me too.  How could you put things like that into your body.

Everyone’s body is their own though. You are free to do with it whatever you please.Your body needs to be in good condition throughout your life. So, go easy on it, and just remember…


Emotion Sickness

Emotions !!!
Emotions !!!

The last week has shown me that my Epilepsy is very much an Emotion Sickness. What do I mean by that ? Well, firstly I get the term “Emotion Sickness” from a song title. “Emotion Sickness” is a Silverchair song. Silverchair are an Australian band. Their music is what I live off.

If I could remove my Emotions from my world,I think  we’d be well on track to getting rid of a large number of my turns/seizures. In the last week, I have had 4 turns. That’s a fairly big number. These occurred 4 days in a row.  It’s easy to see why I had 3 of these by looking at what was going on. Where I was, who I was with, what was been discussed. I can sometimes predict a turn is going to happen.

If you did remove Emotions, it may help with the Epilepsy, it may not.  Emotions play a pretty important part in our life’s. Think about the people you love, the things you love doing. What it feels like when your successful, or when your having a good time. Different feelings come from different places. It would be handy if you could see what feelings are coming. It would arrive at a gate or door…. It is your call whether you want to “let it out”, but it would be even better if you could also decide whether you wanted it to occur at all. Maybe it’s about being a bit more controlled in the way you think. Some of the situations I have which bring turns on are pretty minor. But they must still be enough to flick a switch. Our Emotions are part of what make us who we are. Are you an Emotional person ? Or are you more like a brick ? ( bricks don’t cry ). Do you like having a cuddle ? Do you tell someone special that you love them ?   Do you cry at the movies ? There are many parts to the way our minds work, along with our Emotions. Isn’t the mind an amazing system !!

I have made inquires into Hypnosis. The person I spoke to was willing to set an appointment, but there was a problem in that they would have been liable if anything had happened from that appointment/appointments. It’s still an area I’d like to explore. If someone can use Hypnosis to quit smoking, I think it’s worth giving it a shot for Epilepsy.