What Makes You Happy?


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.

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Victory Lap Retirement Is All About Values Based Living (Part 2 of 3)

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)”

Get Active

 

As you move into your Victory Lap, one thing we continue to preach is the need to be active in your daily life.  My business partner and I have taken part in endurance sports for years, exercise has always been a big piece of our lives. We have not always stayed in race shape but one constant we both keep moving. Riding, cycling, swimming, walking or playing other sports are all activities that keep us moving. Continue reading “Get Active”

Thoughts From The Road

As promised my partner is back from his biking road trip and I asked him to share some thoughts. 

As I rode from Quebec City to Saint John I had lots of time to enjoy the scenery and think as the kilometres rolled by. I consider myself as a distance runner first, so people often asked me what I thought about when I run and did I get bored in my training? My answer: for most of the kilometres I had no problem occupying my mind with thoughts of vacations, family, politics, the state of the world, etc…  Continue reading “Thoughts From The Road”

VLR Bootcamp Breakthrough

I was out for a run/walk with the Contessa earlier in the week and bumped into a friend of ours who was out walking her dog. During our short conversation she said it was nice to see us out running again, after all we have had a three-year absence, she remarked, unsolicited I should point out, that I looked like I had lost some weight. You have no idea how sweet that sounded to me. The benefits from VLR Boot camp were starting to finally show and this positive reinforcement was all that I needed to get me through my workout. My attitude is much better and I’m starting to look forward to the workouts, things are starting to turn. Continue reading “VLR Bootcamp Breakthrough”

Victory Lap Lifestyle Profile #3

It’s Never Too Late

Active Retirement and HobbiesMany people have heard the story about Grandma Moses who started painting when she was seventy-five years old and still managed to have a twenty-six-year career. Stories like hers seem so distant, so outside the realm of possibility, that it is hard to relate to. That is why I love the following story which was provided to me by our publicist Debby, below is her personal account of how her husband followed his passion and created a dream Victory Lap. A story like this is close to home so it takes on a whole new meaning. Enjoy! Continue reading “Victory Lap Lifestyle Profile #3”

Victory Lap Question – When You Retire Where Do All Your Friends Go?

This question comes up at many presentations I make on Victory Lap Retirement. A strong social network is key to our happiness and longevity. Friendships enrich our lives we should always look to build our social network and build relationships with people we care about.

The challenge for all of us is that we are so busy working and nurturing our family, we can sometimes underinvest in our friendships. Our relationships with friends can also suffer when we are stressed out and in some cases pull back from friends, after all who wants to be a “downer” to our friends Continue reading “Victory Lap Question – When You Retire Where Do All Your Friends Go?”

Hard Way vs.  Smart Way

One of the mistakes I made transitioning into my own Victory Lap was that I didn’t take any time off to regroup and refresh. I was suffering from “sudden retirement shock”. I wasn’t thinking clearly and I did what I always do when things are going off side, I roll up my sleeves and worked harder. I decided to go into full new business mode, I spent the better part of three years in a cave writing a book and trying to figure things out. Sure things worked out well in the end but it took a lot of time, researching, learning what I needed to know and now looking back I realize that it really didn’t have to be as hard as it was.

I also have a bad habit of always going it alone,  something I developed while working at the Corp., a John Wayne thing. I believed that asking for help was a weakness and it made me look vulnerable. I always took the hard way and would try and figure it all out by myself. That kind of thinking resulted in me not creating and benefitting from mentors. This was a major mistake I made in my career. Life could have been so much easier if only I had been more open minded and willing to ask for help and advice. Continue reading “Hard Way vs.  Smart Way”

Learn to Play The Long Game

Today’s article is the first in a series written by Simon Chan who started his own VLR earlier this year after working for 20 years in the financial services industry. He has a broad base of experience with the subjects of pre-retirement and financial independence having worked in multiple businesses such as banking, wealth management, insurance and group retirement benefits. Most recently Simon was the head of business strategy for the Canadian Retail Business for a global insurer. In his role, he became interested in how technology, globalization and the rapidly changing environment is impacting the lives of millennials. In short Simon knows his stuff, is a great guy and wants to help.

I believe it’s important that we understand the new challenges that will be faced by our kids and grandkids in the years ahead. It won’t be easy but we can succeed if we all work together. -Mike  Continue reading “Learn to Play The Long Game”