Victory Lap Lifestyle Design

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”

Lights, Camera, Action!

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.”
-Alice Koeller

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!”

101 Awesome Things #7-Find Your Tribe

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”

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”