It Is Not All About The Money

A couple thoughts this week.

We continued our speaking tour at Toronto Public Library branches. These presentations have been a great opportunity to share the Victory Lap Retirement message. We are humbled by the lending activity that the book is getting at the libraries and the number of people that make their way to our events, many after a long day at work. Thank You. Continue reading “It Is Not All About The Money”

Victory Lap Lifestyle Design

I’m smiling as I type this as I’m still feeling the effects of last night’s swim workout. After the swim I could hardly keep my eyes open, I was done. My body was sore all over, not a bad kind of sore, the kind of sore you get from pushing yourself after not doing an activity for a very long time.

I’ve been going to the gym and pool on a regular basis since early January and I am amazed by the number of people in their seventies and eighties who work out on a regular basis. I’ve come to know a few of them, their stories and I’m in awe of the lifestyles that they have created. These people are not the type to sit on the couch and watch the world go by. We can learn a lot from these “older” people. Continue reading “Victory Lap Lifestyle Design”

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”