Thursday, January 04, 2007

Taking stock and plotting strategy

Good bye 2006!
A stock take on maisha back then:

Financial: Kengen, HFCK are my key highlights, not so good with Mumias, Scangroup but since I'm in it for long term, I'm sure things will turn positive sometime. Opportunities missed (no free cash available) included BBK (twice!) & EAC.

Also, invested in wheat (20% profit on investment due to rain during harvest) and maize (during short rains, harvest expected early 07).

Career: Good progress on the trainee thing, few hiccups but mostly pluses on the management presentations. The team is fantastic and all is set for the coming year.

Social: Unfortunately despite the mingi hook ups, stats reveal that only 1 new number & subsequent date (Braces chic) obtained from outside my normal social circles (x-campus, work, church). All in all, good year coz still single and lots of fun. Memorable highlight: 2 Australian friends coming to digs at 3 am just to watch the Ashes cricket match vs England!!! Outrageous!!

Spiritual: Hooked up with 2 ekklesiae, so not too bad. But not much progress with the God relationship, if human success markers are used...

Enter 2007
Financial: Still expect NSE to be the place to be for good gains. However, set up of an investment group with former campusmates, and buying a plot of land on the outskirts of the city are my new targets.

Career: Expect to finish the trainee programme before end of year. Where I'll be posted remains a mystery, but expect to build a professional plan once that bridge is crossed. Enrolling in college to further education with a few professional courses in technology/business might be explored.

Social: Definate expansion in the pool of people. It started today morning. I met someone in an office where I needed to get info on nse research, and in less than 10 min had asked if she was single (she replied 'sort of') and then got her to give me her number, I'll take her for coffee to discuss financial investments (of course) and she agreed!!!

Spiritual: Put in significant effort to better relations with God by a lot more service and vibe on my part.

Political: Vote!!! My stats read won 2 (presidential and civic 2002), lost 2 (parliamentary 2002 and constitution referendum 2005).

Last Year's resolution: Read 1 book a month. Results: Did 10, since Capitalist Nigger was 5th, then Walk On - the spiritual journey of U2, The Richest Man in Babylon (fantastic), Hand of God, Affluenza, and finally Men are like Waffles - Women are like Spaghetti - which I'm still reading. 83% achievement is enough (in my view) to make the resolution achieved (sort of)...

This Year's resolution: Climb Mount Kenya. My best pal who runs such trips has told me to set a tentative date for August. The trip is 10k, and snow plus fly chic included (subject to terms and conditions). Will definately help in expanding the social scene, as well as touch Kenyan snow before global warming has something else to say about it.

To all who visit the blogsphere, have a fab 2007. Keep your resolutions simple and achievable. God's favour in everything.


At 1/08/2007 6:13 pm , Blogger pesa tu said...

@Mwasjd:Good to see ur portfolio still holding up.
Money-this year i find that the opportunities for investment in and outside the market outstrip my available funds.

Social: am just like u hooking up with lots of people.To find 'the one' u have to play the numbers game.

At 1/11/2007 5:35 pm , Blogger mwasjd said...

Thanks pesa tu

I look forward to following your advice on the market. I'm sure the money thing will sort itself out.
As for social, hope you also find 'the one' though guarantees are hard to come by...

At 1/20/2007 11:50 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Mwasjd,

Thx 4 sharin ur experiences ...ur phase in life sounds more like moi (gitch French?).

Would be gr8 if you share ur plans for the Mount Kenya trip (August, said u)..cuz am keen on doin one this yr in good co.


Victor O.

At 1/20/2007 12:50 pm , Blogger pesa tu said...

@Victor O: oui, je parlez francaise.hope i didnt mispell it been almost 8 years since i spoke it

At 1/22/2007 9:09 am , Blogger mwasjd said...

Tout le monde parle francais comme moi, tres interesant!!

Sawa Victor, I'll sound the alarm when the time fikas. For now, holla at and I can give you the details in better terms.

Pesa tu: I'm seriously concerned that you are having more stuff in common with me at every passing day. Were we twins in another life???

At 2/08/2007 11:44 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 2/13/2007 11:36 pm , Blogger coldtusker said...

Keep the good work up... I do enjoy reading your comments...

We need to trade links... but I am not web-savvy so I need a lil' time!

At 3/16/2007 10:58 am , Blogger mwasjd said...

thanks for the link

@ CT:
We can trade links anytime. You don't have to be so tech savvy, but just need to know where to look, copy and paste.


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