New Zealand Penny

When did the penny drop?

Those conversations usually start along the lines of “it wasn’t until the end of the film when I realised Sam was a ghost’.

Pennies drop at the most unusual times don’t you think?

A sudden moment of clarity when everything lines up and if you had a bath tub and were the extroverted type you might leap up and yell eureka!

I find myself thinking about this topic tonight because I’m pondering what makes a person move from thinking about something to doing something about it?

I hypothesize that it takes a penny dropping moment to really get your a into g.

Case in point I went for a walk with mr 10 and miss 8 last weekend and we ended up walking past a cemetery. Mr 10 did not want to go in and look but miss 8 was curious and wanted to explore.

We walked a little way in and looked at some headstones – reading practice beyond Dr Seuss.

After clarifying that the coffins were beneath the grass and talking about people who were in their eighties when they died we happened upon a headstone of a women who died at 41

The idea of dying and not being around to see 8 and 10 turn into 30 and 40 really hit me as I held my daughters hand looking at the resting place of someone just a few years younger than I.

That’s when the penny dropped.

“you really need to take good cars of yourself Hayton”

Eat more, exercise less… errr… no that should be the other way around (I’m still reforming you see) but you get the idea.

OK so I’m the first to admit my penny dropping moment was hardly rocket science but it was nonetheless a time when clarity arrived and smacked me about the chops a bit.

Whist I’m going to gradually ease myself slowly into a healthier way of living I can honestly say that that weekend walk and perchance happening across the cemetery with my young kids in tow did leave a lasting impression on me.

Has the penny dropped recently for you?

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Where did that weekend go?

I reckon we all feel that way late on a Sunday evening.

It can either be with a sense of accomplishment after a full weekend knocking off a number of items on that “to do” or with a feeling of disbelief after the hours and days were seemingly frittered away.

Yes I know that’s a rather “extreme ends of the spectrum” view to take but with less than 45 mins of the weekend to go (as I bash out my #blogjune post for the day) I’m leaning towards the latter and it’s all rather feeling like an eek! end to me right now.

I did manage to shift piles of stuff neatly stacked from one pile to another today, that was productive.

I tell myself that’s tidying up but the truth is it’s really just shifting piles of papers about :-)

Ever noticed how you can feel more on top of paperwork just by stacking it up neatly?

The latter part of the evening has been spent solving a Midsomer murder and then further CSS and other layout tweaks to this website.

A new week beckons, as does a new month – #blogjune is almost done but are my blogging efforts? I suspect not..



Confirmation tonight that I have passed my Internet Marketing paper this semester with an overall final mark of A- after all the internal assessment and exam results were combined.

The result is provisional subject to confirmation by the examinations committee at the university but I’m confident now I will be graduating with my DipGrad (marketing management) in a couple of months time.

It’s not until the marks are in that you know you have really crossed the finish line.

I averaged an overall A grade across the seven papers I undertook, completing three with A+ grades, two with A grades and a further two with A- grades.

To put some context around these grades students need to achieve a final mark for any given paper they undertake in the range of 80-84 to score an A-, a final mark of 85-89 to score an A, and a final mark between 90-100 to score an A+

The DipGrad is a seven paper qualification that equates to a full year of study but I undertook it whilst working full time, completing one paper per semester.

So at a rate of two papers per year it’s taken me 3.5 years to get to this point after starting in 2008 – persistence and stickability eh 😉

The course of study allowed me to focus solely on marketing papers offered by the University of Otago Marketing Department.

Subjects I’ve studied have included integrated marketing communications, product and brand management, pricing and distribution, strategic marketing management, marketing research methods, food marketing and Internet marketing.

Not too bad (if I may say so) for a bloke who last studied full time for his B.A from 1986-89

What to do now?