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”
“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.”
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!”
The picture is from my mother’s 93rd birthday which we celebrated this past Monday at her nursing home. The cake was chocolate and from Loblaws which is her favorite. Birthdays always evoke memories for me and I thought I might share my thoughts with you this week. Continue reading “Lessons I Learned From My Mother”
Each year many of us make some New Year’s resolutions and sign up for a new gym membership at one of those fancy clubs. We all want to get fit, or lose some weight, and start eating healthy. But the truth is it’s hard getting exercise by going for a swim at the community pool, hitting the roads for a run or visiting the gym when it is 20 below outside. To avoid being one of those people who by February has already fallen off the resolution wagon, I have minimized the risk of quitting, by going out and finding a “tribe” that has my same focus, values and goals. Continue reading “101 Awesome Things #7-Find Your Tribe”
Santa (the Contessa) was very good to me this year as she gave me the green light to attempt another Ironman when I turn 65 in October 2019. Ironman holds a special place in my heart and has helped me through some rough patches in my life. Continue reading “2018-A Year of Change”
Sometimes an event happens that give you a wake up call and causes you to take pause and evaluate what is happening in your lives. I had my own a couple of weeks ago. Continue reading “Like Scrooge On Christmas Morning”
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”