Last week we celebrated International Women’s and both Mike and I are thankful for all the wonderful women that have enriched our lives. You probably noticed a surge in the number of articles on the topic of women in retirement from our blogging buddies around the web. There is no doubt that there is a difference in how women approach investing and retirement but as we continue to say VLR is not a one size fits all, no matter, male, female, non binary, in couples or single, VLR is about YOU. Let us share a couple of thoughts on women in VLR. Continue reading “Woman Preparing and Thriving In VLR”
Bad work – work that we do just for the money.
Good work – work that we enjoy, and do well.
Great work – work that allows us to express ourselves, puts us in a state of flow and we do well.
In VLR when we have achieve financial independence, how much money we make doesn’t matter as much. In VLR we can therefore avoid bad work, look for good work, and maybe even get great work. Continue reading “Bad Work, Good Work, or Great Work In Retirement”
I was visiting my parents at the cemetery over Christmas and I noticed that they still hadn’t finished my mother’s plaque. There was her date of birth and the dash but they hadn’t inscribed the date that she had passed. The more I thought about it I realized that the most important thing in our lives is the dash. We don’t get to chose our date of birth but we get to choose the dash part which for me means how I plan to live in my Victory Lap. It’s my choice and my responsibility and it’s based on what matters to me. Continue reading “The Art Of Retirement Living”
So today will be a bit of a mixed bag of thoughts. Is volunteering passé? What is retirement like? Retirement is what you want it to be! Time is fleeting so don’t waste it, live life. So let’s get started. Continue reading “Weekend Thoughts”
Today’s blog is based on some interesting research that we will be putting into our new book which will be released fall 2020 when I’m 65, and just prior to me attempting Ironman Cozumel. I wanted to release it before that just in case. I am fascinated by how our minds work, and how powerful our minds can be. One of our goals should be to use our minds to our advantage so we can create a better retirement for ourselves. Continue reading “The Retirement Rebel Belief System”
As I sit here this morning with outside temperatures of -38C wind chill (-37 F), in our first major storm of the year I can’t tell you how happy I am not have to have to gear up and catch the train to head downtown to work. Having the choice of when and where to work in my Victory Lap is wonderful, but as we have said before work is not a bad thing and in fact it is part of retirement principles. Lets talk a little about that today Continue reading “What, Work in VLR?”
Being the season for giving I thought I would share with you a condensed section from our new book that outlines the nine retirement principles for an exceptional retirement. Continue reading “A Retirement Present For You”
Retirement is supposed to be fun, it should feel good or your doing something wrong. Personally I was far too serious starting out on my Victory Lap, and a mistake I made was not taking any time off. Right out of the gate I started working full bore on VLR which turned into two books and before I knew it three years of my retirement was gone, and I was forty pounds overweight. If you asked me if it was worth it I would definitely say yes but it came at a cost. Working part time at Bass Pro would have been so much easier but that would have meant missing out on my dream of creating my own business, and being my own boss, something that I always wanted to do. So I decided upon the hard way and through the process I’ve become very aware that too much seriousness is a kind of disease; it is a cancer of the soul and when your serious all the time you lose the fun. Thankfully I don’t spend any time feeling like that anymore. Continue reading “Retirement Is A Game, Play It Well”
It felt good writing my last blog on retirement rebels. Truth be told I’ve always been a bit of a rebel myself, and I had to hide that part of me when I went to work for a big Bank, but from time to time it would suddenly pop out and get me in a little trouble. Continue reading “On My Soap Box”
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”