Not having a good plan for what’s next is not the way to go. When I left work and retired, I thought that I’d be instantly happier but unfortunately that didn’t happen. What was missing for me was purpose and structure something that I had while working. Until I found a way to replace those two important ingredients, I felt that something was missing. Retirement success happens when you find ways to fill the “work routine void’ by doing something that is important and fulfilling. Successful people are clear on their purpose and create a good reason to get out of bed every morning, they will be are much happier, and live longer than most other retirees. Continue reading “Getting Off To A Good Retirement Start”
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”
“Everyone has a special purpose, a special talent or gift to give to others, and it is your duty to discover what it is. Your special talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with your talent is your gift to God.
– Gautama Chopra
I write a lot about the importance of working in retirement and I’ve come to believe that we were all created for a reason. Each of us was given unique skills, abilities, values, and a special purpose that needs to be fulfilled. When we can find a way of doing that life is pretty good. Continue reading “God’s Plan”
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”
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”
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.
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”
I have told this story before but I wanted to keep you up to date on what we are doing with our Presentation and Coaching business. We set a target date of April 1st to get our coaching guide into edit and guess what it’s there! We are excited knowing that it will help a lot of people figure out this retirement thing having been through the ringer ourselves but it will require a lot of polishing before it’s ready to release to our coaching clients. This will be our last book on the subject and will serve as the foundation for our coaching business so we want to take our time and do it right. After that is done we will add a couple of chapters to the guide and publish it as a DIY coaching guide hopefully by the end of this year. Continue reading “Celebrating Another Milestone”
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”