The Contessa just got back from visiting her family in Italy and told me that she wants to move there one day because in her words- “they really know how to live” something that we have sadly forgotten here. As is my nature I started to pepper her with questions about why it is so much better, which I learned it basically comes down to lifestyle. They eat better, they exercise more, having to walk or cycle to most places, they socialize more, which leads to less stress. As a result they are happier and it’s been scientifically proven that happier people live longer. Kind of makes you go Hmmm. Why do they have it right and we have it so wrong? Continue reading “Create Your Own Blue Zone”
For the record I believe in synchronicity and the law of attraction having experienced both on more than a few occasions. Last December I was involved in an accident with a drunk driver and luckily escaped without injury but it could have been much worse. I believe I was being sent a message reminding me that nothing is guaranteed in this life especially how much time you have left. The accident gave me pause and after some reflection I made a promise to myself to slow down and enjoy life a lot more just like I preach to the VL tribe. But as usual the memory of that event soon faded along with the promise I made and my life once again was being consumed by writing my the new book.
It’s not good to ignore what the universe is trying to tell you. Continue reading “Live Life Well While You Still Have It”
The retirement industry is starting to wake up to the fact that just because a client has achieved a certain level of retirement savings doesn’t mean that they will automatically enjoy a happy retirement. Life just doesn’t work that way and the truth is that financial planning fails without lifestyle planning, you need to have a good handle on what you are actually saving for and why. Continue reading “There’s More To Retirement Than Financial Planning”
One of my friends over at our “Younger Next Year” facebook group posted this photo and I smiled while I looked at it knowing that I had found my ‘Ikigai” my own “sweet spot.” No let me rephrase that, I didn’t actually find it, I created it, I purposely designed it for myself and since then life has never been better. Continue reading “Finding Your Sweet Spot”
We set a target date of April 1st to get our coaching guide into edit and guess what it’s there! We are excited knowing that it will help a lot of people figure out this retirement thing having been through the ringer ourselves but it will require a lot of polishing before it’s ready to release to our coaching clients. This will be our last book on the subject and will serve as the foundation for our coaching business so we want to take our time and do it right. After that is done we will add a couple of chapters to the guide and publish it as a DIY coaching guide hopefully by the end of this year.
Continue reading “Celebrating Another Milestone”
For those of you in a relationship I’d be surprised if you did not realize that when it comes to happiness in life, how well you get along with your partner will have the biggest impact. Your partner is the person you’re going to be spending the most time with and if the relationship sours, it will take the joy out of retirement. Continue reading “Grey Divorce”
I view any money that I earn in VL as my “playcheque” and I’ve given myself permission to spend it on things that appeal to me. It reminds me of when I was a kid and had $20 in my pocket that I had earned from my part time jobs. I was free to spend it on anything I wanted but once the cash was gone the spending was over. I like living like that, it makes life so much easier. Continue reading “101 Awsome things # 11 Spending Your Playcheque”
My son Doug is in Australia studying to be a doctor and he thought I might find the following story interesting. It’s about George Corones who at the age of 99 broke the world swimming record at the Commonwealth Games trials on the Gold Coast and boy does he ever look happy! Continue reading “Who Do You Want To Be?”
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”
The Contessa likes to jab me about not being able to connect with children in general but especially at birthday parties and as usual she’s right. Continue reading “101 Awesome Things #9-Learn To Make Balloon Animals”