The first of the month can only mean one thing; time to update the spreadsheet and share net worth updates with you all. I’ll share the good times, so-so times and bad times, all under the thin cloak of an alias. So here is February’s review.
How was February?
- So February, the shortest month of the year has felt rushed for me. I have had lots on, and got lots done. So I’m going to call it good busy. I’d like to think I’m prioritising correctly, cleaning is not essential is it?
- Ms ZiYou is going fabulously; I’m loving blogging, it’s addictive. The blogging highlights of my first month have been receiving loads of comments – thanks to all who have stopped by, read and then even commented. It makes me happy to hear from you.
- I’ve started playing with Pinterest, loving twitter and ruled out facebook.
- And DocG even featured me in his Gratitude Wednesday Post on Diverse FI
- I’m learning lots and lots about wordpress. And I am getting very tempted to dive in and modify my theme – any words of warning here?
- On the running side, I made it to each and every Parkrun in February. That 100 T shirt will be mine in 2018.
- Spent a lot of time volunteering, and managed to rejig hours at the day job to make it possible. Big win!
- Here in the UK large companies now have to publish their gender pay gaps. A flurry of companies are now publishing them, with the deadline for disclosure in April. It’s hard to work out what is more depressing; the fact the women are paid less in the majority of companies, or the spin accompanying the results. What I can say for certain, is that it gets the activist in me ready for International Women’s Day.
February’s best show by a mile was very unexpected. Part of the Mime Festival at the Barbican 300 el x 50 el x 30 el by Toneelhuis/FC Bergman was very unique, and really rather great. I’ve seen other plays by Toneelhuis and been impressed, but this play, a mime nonetheless, took things to another level.
This play is staged in a picturesque remote community, with the outdoors of some simple dwellings around a pond the set and staging. It then becomes apparent that the inhabitants of these dwellings are all very peculiar. We get a window into their lives through an onstage camera projected onto screens. And it’s all very weird… there is the old guy who just gets up and disappears…the kid who kills birds. Then the family where the mother alone is always eating….the mother who is a pushy parent to her pianist daughter. Then the adults only warning really becomes apparent, in the next house the woman is having trouble on the toilet and the man is stroking his limp d*ck. Next door is again is a rowdy bunch of men, and then finally the lone guy building a model. Absolutely bizarre, and strangely captivating as we see their lives progress and learn more about them all.
The play just kept getting weirder and weirder, it felt really uncomfortable at times, almost voyeur like with the cameras. However finally it all started to make a little bit of sense, as it was an ingenious satire of small towners and their beliefs. Afterwards I learned the title was a reference to Noah’s arc’s dimensions, so maybe a bit of biblical questioning in there as well. A play I couldn’t stop talking about, so well worth seeing. Am I’m still thinking about it now, who all the characters represent and what lessons there are to learn. It was quite on message for me personally, as I grew up in a smaller community, and couldn’t wait to leave.
So, as you will see as I publish more and more of these reports, my spending is on autopilot and is not usually very exciting. So now I’m within sight of my tax year target of £20k. Spending for the month has been reasonable, nothing extravagant – my biggest expenditure was accommodation for a break later in the year.
Show me the numbers
February usually shows a steady or slight decreases in net worth as I pay myself quarterly. So it was with trepidation after seeing all the news reports and general panic about the “crash” that I ran my numbers. And while they are a little lower than last month, I’m not seeing anything worth of a panic. I’m down £4k ish, which feels fine in the Random Walk of the Stock Market. I am investing for the long haul; hence I’m not going to panic and sell at a dip in the market. I plan to ride out any crash by just buying as normal.
So we ended February as:
- Net Worth up to £699k
- FIRE fund up to £441k
- Which is 59% to the £750k target
Over to you
How about you? How has February been?