101 Awesome Things #5 – Having Time To Hook Up With Old Friends

I’ve never used social media until recently and one of the biggest benefits I discovered is that it gives you a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends. I’m still a rookie at it but sometimes I find a name from the past appearing magically before me and that’s when the fun starts.

The picture is from a lunch I attended recently with some old banking friends of mine. We had lost contact over the years and it was wonderful to get together and relive old stories from the past. If this group ever got together and wrote a book on banking it would be a best seller for sure. Continue reading “101 Awesome Things #5 – Having Time To Hook Up With Old Friends”

Choose To Live Differently

I read the other day that Canada’s prosperity ranking has slipped to its lowest level in 11 years. Prosperity to me is a proxy for happiness and I’m not surprised by the findings at all. You can sense something is wrong whenever you venture outside, read or watch the news. Today a lot of people are stressed, unhappy and according to the index feel less convinced that working hard will get them ahead. They are beginning to lose hope and that is not a good thing. If that isn’t bad enough, the article goes on to say that Canadians over the last decade are struggling more with health concerns and the problem is only getting worst. Continue reading “Choose To Live Differently”

101 Awesome Things #4-The Beauty Of Taking A Nap

Gerry and I were in Kitchener earlier this week giving an early morning talk on VLR and afterward we both went home to enjoy a quick little recovery nap. It was simply awesome being able to do this and it’s a shame that napping is frowned upon in our workaholic Western culture. Even the Contessa looks down upon it and associates it with being lazy so between just you and me I practice what I call “stealth napping” and it’s a beautiful thing. Continue reading “101 Awesome Things #4-The Beauty Of Taking A Nap”

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

While on the George at some point I always start thinking about how many good years I have left. I’m sure this is triggered while thinking about Bill who at age 84 has been making the annual pilgrimage to the George for the past 35 years. One year I know his string of visits will be broken and the thought of going there and not seeing him saddens me but that unfortunately is how life works.

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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”