Retirement, by any name, is suppose to be a little more relaxed, less stress and lots of “me” time. Right? As I thought about where my life was at the end of 2017 and as I looked at my ever growing to do/want to do list, I realized there is still lots of stress in my life. Not like it was in my work life, but it is there. Maybe it is a case of taking on too much, after all I used to regularly work 10+ hour days, I am in good shape, relatively, I have made good progress on eating right, I think, so why not take on more? Continue reading “Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew”
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”
I was reading an article on CNBC entitled “Advisory firms turn to life coaches, psychologists” by Deborah Nason. It talked about Financial Advisors getting more questions from clients that are more about lifestyle, work life balance, family, etc., which is outside of their financial expertise. In an effort to support their clients, financial professionals are developing relationships with other professionals, such as social workers, psychologists, life coaches and counsellors, in order to have a referral source for their clients. This begs the question “Do you need a coach to help you with your Victory Lap?” Continue reading “Do You Need A Victory Lap Coach”
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 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”
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”
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.
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.
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)”