Moving boxes again!?!

006This is just a quick note to let you know what is happening in my life and the life of my family this year which may be a shock to some of you especially if you know us personally.

It all started in November last year when a group my business was contracting to decided to not renew my contract. This has left me without a serious percentage of our income for 2013. Now I have already explained that this is how radio works, I don’t have a problem with the decision but the downstream effects on my family are financially severe to say the least.

We went from losing perhaps 80% of our company income to spending a lot of money finishing and launching our new venture elephantTV in the space of just a few weeks. This has left us with a fantastic product (which you can download from here), but scarce reserves.

So as of last Sunday we have decided, or maybe I should say it has been decided for us, that we need to leave Auckland as we cannot service our mortgage currently. Luckily we have access to a family bach down country (with no phone or internet!!!!!) and friends who live locally who need a place for 3 or 4 months while their house gets renovated.

I had a friend say to me today that I appear to be taking this very lightly, well there is a silver lining with most clouds and with this one the upside would appear to be Idoya has come to the realisation that this will be a perfect time to finish her first novel, and given the minimum time frame we will be away, in a place with no distractions, we have decided to reverse roles somewhat where I become a bit of a house husband and her new job of ‘X’ hours per day will be writing.

So that’s us, for those of you who know me personally I have no idea what my contact details come next Monday, what and how we will be contactable…but I’ll let you know. And for those of you who don’t know me personally but have been a part of my life through Facebook, radio, this blog or ‘other’ I’ll be around from time-to-time, and am sure I’ll be able to use my phone to access twitter and facebook if nothing else.

So we are off on a bit of a forced adventure, we may look back at the upcoming few months and realise that it was the best thing for us, we may not, but as I said this morning when a certainty is thrust upon you there is no real reason to fight it, or get angry…it’s called life and you roll with the punches.

If not before I hope to see you all in June…for my 40th ;o)

5 thoughts on “Moving boxes again!?!

  1. Jo February 12, 2013 / 18:31

    You are an inspiration Pat. I feel priviledged to have met you, albeit only on the air. You bring honesty and integrity to all you do. God bless you and keep you in all you do. You may never know the difference you make, but it is very real.

  2. Liz Tibbutt February 12, 2013 / 19:32

    Sudden and unplanned changes often bring about the greatest gifts. I am so looking forward to reading the novel! And if you’re not back by your birthday, we’ll bring the birthday down to you. Our best love to you all and remember that Silas is welcome if you/he doesn’t cope. 🙂

  3. Jan Skinner February 12, 2013 / 21:37

    Good luck and hope that things change for the better for you and your family! Yeah, we are supposed to believe that NZ out of recession and on the way up! Not, if any of the similar stories that I know from family and friends are anything to go by. Families are struggling, while the rich and getting richer – can’t say I voted for this lot but many others did and are now suffering.

  4. Cheryll Eddy February 12, 2013 / 21:48

    pat you have always been amazing and this next venture is going to make for some intersting reading .I dont know you personaly but chatted to you on many nights in the small hours.I wish you and your family the best of luck as you set forth on this next chapter called a day in pats life.Good on you for taking on house husband duties…..good luck to Mrs for finishing her novel.in years to come Im sure you will all look back on this time as the best adventure you could have….enjoy…….look forward to hearing how you guys are doing.

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