What Makes You Happy?


If you have read our book or  our blogs you know we are big fans of the book Blue Zones by Dan Buttner. Mr. Buttner has studied what makes people happy and healthy around the world. We learn there are different definitions of happy but there are lots of commonality amongst the happiest people in the world. If you have not had a chance take some time and read Blue Zones.

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Victory Lap Retirement Is All About Values Based Living (Part 2 of 3)

One of the keys to creating a fulfilling Victory Lap is being self-aware. Being aware of what is important to you will provide clarity for what matters to you and what makes you feel good. To accomplish this we need to understand our values and what motivates us.

Our values reflect what is important and guides how we need to live in order to be happy.  If we can align our behaviours with our values we will enjoy an awesome VL. Pretty simple when you think about it. Continue reading “Victory Lap Retirement Is All About Values Based Living (Part 2 of 3)”

Victory Lap Retirement Is All About Values Based Living

My fishing guide Patrick finally came out of the bush and sent me some pictures that were taken when I was up on The George in September. My own pictures were destroyed when I fell in the river and lost everything on my iPhone, second time that has happened to me! I carry a small notepad in my fishing vest so I can jot down random thoughts whenever they materialize. It also got wet from the dunking but thankfully I was still able to make out most of my thoughts that I had recorded. During that trip I was fixated on a phrase that I tend to overuse and that is “Having a reason to get out of bed every morning with a smile on your face.” Continue reading “Victory Lap Retirement Is All About Values Based Living”

101 Awesome Things #2-Do A Bourdain

For those who don’t know Anthony Bourdain is a celebrity chef who travels to extraordinary locations around the globe to sample a variety of local cuisines. His show Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown appears Sunday nights on CNN and is one of my favourites.

One day while watching an episode it came to me that we all could do our own version of a Bourdain right here at home. Going to the same restaurant and ordering the same food from the same menu was starting to bore me and I thought why not try something completely different, something more interesting, something more exotic? Continue reading “101 Awesome Things #2-Do A Bourdain”

RIP Gord Downie

To our international readers please indulge us this week as we lost a very Canadian music icon Gord Downie to cancer last week. While his group The Tragically Hip, had international success The Hip was largely a Canadian treasure. By the way Gerry here this week, I am going to set up my own profile one of these days but for now, I will share Mike’s profile. Continue reading “RIP Gord Downie”

Finding Happiness In Victory Lap

Standing on top of the world (image)It’s taken me a long time to get to this point in my life where all the pieces have finally  come together. I’m blessed with a loving family and friends, a great wife (the Contessa) and a wonderful business partner in Gerry. Things finally feel right and the future looks pretty good right now from where I’m standing. But it wasn’t always that way and I’ve been dealt, rightly or wrongly, with my share of challenges over the years.

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Financial Planning is Lifestyle Planning, No?

Many of you maybe confused by lifestyle and financial planning. The financial services industry, through advisors, planners and brokers have for years helped customers save money for their retirement. They provide suggestions on investments look at your risk tolerance, asset mix, help you budget, with the goal of financial independence when you retire. That is a wonderful and noble goal but are you really prepared for the “blank sheet of paper” that is your life for the next 20+ years? We call the years after work where you have the health to do what you want your Victory Lap (VL). As my mother use to say “Money does not buy you happiness” so you need a lifestyle plan.

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Unplugged On The George (Part 2 of 2)

My routine on the George goes like this, get up at 6, have breakfast, fish all day, have dinner, in bed by 8 and repeat for the week. There really is only two things to do fish and think. I do a lot of thinking while fishing on the George. Deep thinking is a challenge at home with so many distractions but up there I get clarity of mind.

There is something about that beautiful, wild, harsh environment that makes you feel closer to the universe and God, especially when your guide takes you down river through the rapids. Things that you thought were important back in the city suddenly don’t feel so important after the first cold spray of river water hits you square in the face. You feel uneasy maybe a little thrilled, you think this might be the time for a good prayer. The truth is that as we age we tend to  think safety first. We may not have really pushed ourselves for a long time, we stay in our comfort zones. My trip to the George challenges me, it is the real deal. Continue reading “Unplugged On The George (Part 2 of 2)”