Transition Comes to All of Us

As I watch the Winter Olympics, I am struck by the athletes their dedication, the hard work it takes to get to the event and for how quickly their event is over, for many it is a matter of seconds. The medalists will have life long memories of achievement. The participants who never really had a chance to medal, like the cross country skiers from those winter nations Togo and Mexico, will be glad they just got a chance to travel and participate. Then there are those athletes that don’t medal when expected or don’t perform to their full potential, there dreams never fulfilled.  At the end of it all successful or not all the athletes will be faced with the same question – What next? Continue reading “Transition Comes to All of Us”

Lights, Camera, Action!

I’ve arrived at this outermost edge of my life by my own actions. Where I am is thoroughly unacceptable. Therefore, I must stop doing what I’ve been doing.”
-Alice Koeller

I often think we are all in the process of creating a movie about our lives, a movie where hopefully we are the hero and if it is my movie I am hopefully  about two thirds the way from the end. When you think of your life as a movie, you get to view it from the outside. It will bring clarity, help you understand your feelings, and allow you to see what was happening in the world around you. Continue reading “Lights, Camera, Action!”

Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

Retirement, by any name, is suppose to be a little more relaxed, less stress and lots of “me” time. Right?  As I thought about where my life was at the end of 2017 and as I looked at my ever growing to do/want to do list, I realized there is still lots of stress in my life. Not like it was in my work life, but it is there. Maybe it is a case of taking on too much, after all I used to regularly work 10+ hour days, I am in good shape, relatively, I have made good progress on eating right, I think, so why not take on more? Continue reading “Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew”

101 Awesome Things #8 – Volunteer

My wife and I just finished volunteering at our local community Winter Carnival for, we think, the 21st year. This community event is run by volunteers and it just celebrated its 50th  anniversary. It is a big undertaking with a core group of about 20 people from the community that put in countless hours to put on this event. This  core group of people volunteer year after year and they are not getting any younger. We wonder where the next group of volunteers will be coming from? Continue reading “101 Awesome Things #8 – Volunteer”

Do You Need A Victory Lap Coach

I was reading an article on CNBC entitled “Advisory firms turn to life coaches, psychologists” by Deborah Nason. It talked about Financial Advisors getting more questions from clients that are more about lifestyle, work life balance, family, etc., which is outside of their financial expertise. In an effort to support their clients, financial professionals are developing relationships with other professionals, such as social workers, psychologists, life coaches and counsellors, in order to have a referral source for their clients.  This begs the question “Do you need a coach to help you with your Victory Lap?” Continue reading “Do You Need A Victory Lap Coach”

101 Awesome Things #7-Find Your Tribe

Each year many of us make some New Year’s resolutions and sign up for a new gym membership at one of those fancy clubs. We all want to get fit, or lose some weight, and start eating healthy. But the truth is it’s hard getting exercise by going for a swim at the community pool, hitting the roads for a run  or visiting the gym when it is 20 below outside.  To avoid being one of those people who by February has already fallen off the resolution wagon, I have minimized the risk of quitting, by going out and finding a “tribe” that has my same focus, values and goals. Continue reading “101 Awesome Things #7-Find Your Tribe”