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 boomers that I like to hang around at the swimming pool are badass people that I fondly refer to as Retirement Rebels. Retirement Rebels refuse to follow the old fashion beliefs about “old-people,” and being retired. In fact they are anything but retired.
Editors note: sorry we were a little delayed in publishing this week’s blog. Busy with presentations and a small family medical emergency caused the delay. All is good and we will be back on schedule next week.
Immediately after my mother’s funeral I went on my annual fishing trip to The George. There isn’t much to do there other than fish, sleep and think about things. I ended up spending most of the trip thinking about my mother and the answer I had given to the funeral director about what my mother. Continue reading “Is Contentment A Necessary Ingredient In A Successful Retirement?”
A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.
Well it finally happened and in a way I’m glad it did. My mother had been struggling with Parkinson’s for a long time, it had taken a big toll, she was tired with it and told me she was ready to leave for a better place. Continue reading “A Mother’s Love”
Well warm weather has finally arrived in southern Ontario so we can finally start to think about summer, longer days, warmer nights, trips to the cottage and campfires. One of the joys of Victory Lap Retirement (VLR) is that you now have the time and the ability to decide how you will spend your time. To that end we have decided to cut back on our blogs until September, instead we will enjoy the warm weather, focus on our families, travel, and continue to work on building our small business. Continue reading “Summertime And Living Is Easy”
In our new transition guide we outline ten key life categories that will increase the chances for a long, healthy, low stress, and fulfilling life. A focus on improving in these ten categories will lead to a pretty good life! It can be as simple as that. In today’s blog I will share some thoughts on the first of these categories – Health and Fitness. Continue reading “Creating Your Own Blue Zone – Part 1”
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”
It is interesting how the retirement industry is changing its marketing to clients from financial to lifestyle. When VLR was published there was very little talk in the financial services and retirement planning community about “lifestyle” in the purest sense. Today you are now seeing lifestyle in every form of retirement advertising. The concept of lifestyle has for a long time been involved in the financial planning process though questions and conversations with your financial advisor as part of the discovery or Know Your Client process. That usually meant these types of questions: how do you want to spent your money, are you prepared for higher medical or healthcare costs, where do you want to live, do you want to travel, etc.? Continue reading “Planning Is Important, But You Need To Execute.”
I was out training for an upcoming marathon this weekend. I have run 25 marathons over the years and I run about 6 days a week but it has been a while since I did training for a full marathon. It was a beautiful day, the first really nice day after a long winter and an April snow storm. As I left the house I started my regular routine in my mind. How are my legs feeling? Did I remember to power my watch? Do I need to go to the washroom again before I get to far from home? Check, check, check, No! Continue reading “Things Don’t Always Go As Planned”