Getting Off To A Good Retirement Start

Not having a good plan for what’s next is not the way to go. When I left work and retired, I thought that I’d be instantly happier but unfortunately that didn’t happen. What was missing for me was purpose and structure something that I had while working. Until I found a way to replace those two important ingredients, I felt that something was missing. Retirement success happens when you find ways to fill the “work routine void’ by doing something that is important and fulfilling. Successful people are clear on their purpose and create a good reason to get out of bed every morning, they will be are much happier, and live longer than most other retirees. Continue reading “Getting Off To A Good Retirement Start”

Woman Preparing and Thriving In VLR

Last week we celebrated International Women’s and both Mike and I are thankful for all the wonderful women that have enriched our lives. You probably noticed a surge in the number of articles on the topic of women in retirement from our blogging buddies around the web. There is no doubt that there is a difference in how women approach investing and retirement but as we continue to say VLR is not a one size fits all, no matter, male, female, non binary, in couples or single, VLR is about YOU. Let us share a couple of thoughts on women in VLR. Continue reading “Woman Preparing and Thriving In VLR”

Bad Work, Good Work, or Great Work In Retirement

 

Bad work – work that we do just for the money.
Good work – work that we enjoy, and do well.
Great work – work that allows us to express ourselves, puts us in a state of flow and we do well.

In VLR when we have achieve financial independence, how much money we make doesn’t matter as much. In VLR we can therefore avoid bad work, look for good work, and maybe even get great work. Continue reading “Bad Work, Good Work, or Great Work In Retirement”

Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone

We often talk about getting out of your comfort zone in VLR. Having new challenges in your VLR lifestyle are important both mentally and physically. We have talked about finding work in VLR to keep you engaged, mentally stimulated and fulfilled, but finding something that challenges you physically is equally important. After all without our health all the plans in the world for our retirement will be for not. Having goals, putting in the work and achieving success will make for a more interesting and fulfilling life.
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God’s Plan

“Everyone has a special purpose, a special talent or gift to give to others, and it is your duty to discover what it is. Your special talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with your talent is your gift to God.
– Gautama Chopra

I write a lot about the importance of working in retirement and I’ve come to believe that we were all created for a reason. Each of us was given unique skills, abilities, values, and a special purpose that needs to be fulfilled. When we can find a way of doing that life is pretty good.  Continue reading “God’s Plan”

Work Life Retirement Balance

Some of the worst advice I have heard given to young people starting their career is “Find your passion and you will never work a day in life”, (or something along these lines) a great quote but not realistic. Life and indeed work is never that simple and as most of us learned through our lives, life is all about finding a balance between what we love and what we need to do. Retirement is no different balance is key. Continue reading “Work Life Retirement Balance”

The Art Of Retirement Living

I was visiting my parents at the cemetery over Christmas and I noticed that they still hadn’t finished my mother’s plaque. There was her date of birth and the dash but they hadn’t inscribed the date that she had passed. The more I thought about it I realized that the most important thing in our lives is the dash. We don’t get to chose our date of birth but we get to choose the dash part which for me means how I plan to live in my Victory Lap. It’s my choice and my responsibility and it’s based on what matters to me. Continue reading “The Art Of Retirement Living”

The Retirement Rebel Belief System

Today’s blog is based on some interesting research that we will be putting into our new book which will be released fall 2020 when I’m 65, and just prior to me attempting Ironman Cozumel. I wanted to release it before that just in case. I am fascinated by how our minds work, and how powerful our minds can be. One of our goals should be to use our minds to our advantage so we can create a better retirement for ourselves. Continue reading “The Retirement Rebel Belief System”

What, Work in VLR?

As I sit here this morning with outside temperatures of -38C wind chill (-37 F), in our first major storm of the year I can’t tell you how happy I am not have to have to gear up and catch the train to head downtown to work. Having the choice of when and where to work in my Victory Lap is wonderful, but as we have said before work is not a bad thing and in fact it is part of retirement principles. Lets talk a little about that today Continue reading “What, Work in VLR?”