Under the title of 'Ties are optional', Les Conway shares his thoughts about what’s going on in the World and how it can affect and impact your lifestyle and finances. Feel free to sign up here to subscribe to receive. And remember that these articles are the opinions of the author, Les Conway of Essentially Financial Limited, and are not endorsed or necessarily shared by Flying Colours Advice Limited.

What I learnt from my dentist

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 3rd of April 2024

We all experience stresses from time to time. Where during a recent client meeting, I broke a tooth. Fortunately, my dentist was able to fit me in swiftly.
I’ve had a phobia about going to the dentist since I was young. But my current surgery are as professional as I would expect, and always make me feel at ease.
Whilst waiting for the anaesthetic to take effect (where I had three injections), my dentist was keeping me in conversation. About topics we both love, to ease my anxiety. Prior to the endurance of the next hour and a quarter, to re...

If You Can See It, You Can Be It

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 6th of March 2024

Visualisation is a powerful tool that transcends mere wishful thinking. When individuals can vividly picture their desired lifestyle for example. Whether it be a comfortable retirement, a dream home or a globetrotting adventure.
But when they strategically plan, they are more likely to make informed financial decisions. To turn those visions into reality.
The process of lifestyle financial planning involves aligning one’s financial objectives, with personal values and aspirations. Where the planning plays a pivotal role. Acting as the fo...

How did grunts become words?

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 7th of February 2024

Human communication has come a long way from primitive grunts to the intricate tapestry of language we use today.
The earliest form of communication was likely comprised of simple grunts and gestures. Serving basic needs and expressing primal emotions. Over time, as human societies evolved, so did the need for more nuanced communication. This led to the development of language. Enabling individuals to convey complex ideas, share knowledge and strengthen social bonds.
The transition from grunts to words was a gradual process. Driven by th...

As they’re often referred, we all experience lightbulb moments from time to time. Sometimes related to circumstance. And sometimes in respect of moving through the lifecycle.
Regardless, different things carry different levels of importance in our lives. And at particular times compared to others. Things happen for the good and the bad and our priorities change for lots of different reasons.
We all have a lifestyle. And one that we in general, want at the very least to maintain. Or even perhaps improve upon.
Being individuals, mine will diff...

Nothing lasts forever

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 6th of December 2023

One of the few things that has stayed with me from my school days, was something that one teacher used to say of ‘nothing lasts forever’. This is so true and applies in so many forms.

I’ve also heard it said by others, that we only have so many days that we’re given as a privilege to be on this planet. Which means that we have to live life to the full, as much as we can.

From a lifestyle financial planning perspective specifically, it’s about adopting a truly life-centred approach. That can really be appreciated and valued. Where we focus ...

Many years ago, I came across this phrase. Another more recently of ‘No one ever teaches you how to become a parent, but you learn how to get it right just as they leave home’.
We are all different and people are not all wired the same. Ultimately, it’s about us as humans. Where we think differently about numerous things. From one person to the next. But by providing guidance, advice and support has got to be the key contributor that we can offer to others.
We live in a very mixed up and confused world. Where with the evolution of the human ...

Sometimes, when life hands you lemons, you have to make lemonade

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 4th of October 2023

An interesting phrase. Which was something that caught my attention some weeks ago.
Where after not having the best World Athletic Championships due to a mystery problem, I heard Dina Asher-Smith say in a post-race interview on the BBC, ‘Sometimes, when life hands you lemons, you have to make lemonade’. Where she ‘vowed to hit back’ and ‘and still feels that she has belief, ahead of next year’s Paris Olympics’.
But what on earth did she mean?
Well, being the age I am I had to look it up. Where Wikipedia tells me that it’s a proverbial phrase...

The art of evolution

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 6th of September 2023

A few weeks ago, I was conducting a follow on Discovery Meeting with some new clients. This being where we identify what they’re trying to achieve, why and by when.

What caught my attention, was a T-shirt one of them were wearing. Which with their permission, I captured as this image.

I thought it was perfectly succinct. And superbly illustrated the evolution of life and how we evolve. But more so, the importance that solid lifestyle financial planning plays. And in the context of our discussions. Albeit that the specifics of this imag...

So, who invented the knife and fork?

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 2nd of August 2023

We cannot be sure as to who invented the knife and fork. But according to research, a manuscript from 1004 CE tells the story of Maria Argyropoulina. A Greek niece of Byzantine Emperor Basil II, who would use a certain golden instrument with two prongs to eat her meals. However, this didn't catch on in the rest of Europe until the 17th century.

There is also no definitive time period that can be attributed with the invention of the spoon. However, archaeological evidence suggests that spoons with handles were used for ancient Egyptian relig...

Make the hairs stand up on your neck!

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 5th of July 2023

We have all experienced events that have excited us. Family related that have made us proud. And/or that once in a lifetime opportunity.

But should they only be reserved for those special occassions? Or should we find ways to make the hairs stand up on the back of our necks more often?

I have a simple philosophy. That life has a nasty habit of biting us on the backside, when we least expect it. Meaning that we have to take advantage of all of the opportunities as and when they arise. And capitalise on these without fear or favour.
We should be...