‘Make it Happen’ is the motto that Gladstone based, Andrew and Jodie Cameron strive to live by – at home, at work and with their goals too. The Camerons recently returned from their first overseas trip as a couple (adult son Jordan stayed in Australia) where they visited New Zealand, Hong Kong and cruised through the Asia Pacific region. The trip was an incredible milestone for the couple and Jodie acknowledges that their wonderful travel experiences would not have come about without the guidance of the very ‘passionate’ and ‘special’ Regina Taarnby from their local Invest Blue office.
Jodie (45) and Andrew (51) are happy homebodies all about family and their beautiful little unit of three matters above all else. Andrew and Jodie are proud parents to 21-year-old Jordan. Jordan is high functioning autistic who lives at home and has ongoing medical and care costs. Jodie admits that it is because of their focus on Jordan and his care that they were only in a financial position to buy a home five years ago. As Jodie says, “the people we love will always matter far more to us than owning a home or having possessions.”
It was actually their home loan contact who pointed the Camerons in the direction of Invest Blue about twelve months ago. According to Jodie, the fit with Regina was great from the start.
“As soon as we met Reggie we felt really comfortable with her. She expressed a lot of passion about what she was doing and it was evident just how much she loved her job. I’m very passionate about my job too and that struck me as something really special.”
Jodie says that the relationship works so well because of Regina’s positivity and because, “she accepts us for who we are.”
A good example of this acceptance is when they admitted to Regina just how nonchalant they were about opening certain mail – in particular, their superannuation statements from various different funds. The couple often left super statements unopened for months on end. Part of their focus with Regina is to consolidate their super, organise their money, set some clear goals and plan ahead for themselves and for Jordan.
Jodie is very grateful that they have guidance from a financial standpoint but she also sees another tremendous benefit in having Regina on board as their financial advisor…
“I personally feel a huge sense of freedom emotionally too. I now have peace of mind and many more choices. I can appreciate that our household has done a good job in paying our mortgage and in owning our cars and understand that it’s ok for us to enjoy things such as holidays and travel.”
As for retirement plans, Jodie adores her job as a teacher and is convinced she’ll be carried out of the classroom in a box but Regina assures her this will not be the case and that Jodie will have the opportunity to enjoy retirement. “Unless a science experiment in the lab goes very wrong with the Year 9 students,” Jodie says with a laugh.
So assuming nothing goes awry in those science labs, Jodie and Andrew will continue to treasure their family and one another, will work hard in the jobs that bring them satisfaction (Andrew is a boiler maker by trade) and take pleasure in the simple things in life. For Jodie, it’s craft and sewing and for Andrew it’s gardening, tinkering and just about anything DIY.
For this couple, Regina and Invest Blue have helped them ‘turn their dreams into reality’ and given them the confidence to look ahead too. And so with that being the case, there are plans for a Rhine River cruise and time in Italy in the future. And knowing the motto Jodie and Andrew Cameron are inspired by, it’s hopefully only a matter of time before they ‘make it happen’.