God’s Plan

“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”

Work Life Retirement Balance

Some of the worst advice I have heard given to young people starting their career is “Find your passion and you will never work a day in life”, (or something along these lines) a great quote but not realistic. Life and indeed work is never that simple and as most of us learned through our lives, life is all about finding a balance between what we love and what we need to do. Retirement is no different balance is key. Continue reading “Work Life Retirement Balance”

The Art Of Retirement Living

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”

The Retirement Rebel Belief System

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”

What, Work in VLR?

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?”

Is Contentment A Necessary Ingredient In A Successful Retirement?

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?”

Celebrating Another Milestone

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”

There’s More To Retirement Than Financial Planning

Clock FaceThe retirement industry is starting to wake up to the fact that just because a client has achieved a certain level of retirement savings doesn’t mean that they will automatically enjoy a happy retirement. Life just doesn’t work that way and the truth is that financial planning fails without lifestyle planning, you need to have a good handle on what you are actually saving for and why. Continue reading “There’s More To Retirement Than Financial Planning”

101 Awesome Things #12 Vacation with Friends

The last couple of weeks I have spent time travelling and connecting with friends from around the country. The first week I attended a wedding for one of my oldest friends who lives on the east coast of Canada. Also making the trip were many of my “local” group of friends. We have all remained dear friends since our time at university and have been there as we married, had children, and watched our families grow. Over the year we probably did not see each other as much as we would like but we made sure we were always in touch. I must say it is easier to focus on friends when you don’t have the stress or demands of work occupying the majority of your time.

My second trip was with a former work colleague from the west who has also become a dear friend, and as a bonus I met a new gentleman. We spent a wonderful week golfing in the sun and catching up. My friend will be entering his Victory Lap soon and we had a chance to discuss adventures and plans for the next phase of our lives. Work friends in many cases are just that friends that when you work together are a great source of joy but when you no longer have work in common you drift apart. I have a few friends I have met through my years at work and like all friendship it requires work to stay connected when our careers end or change.

We have posted before, having friends is a key competent to having a fulfilling Victory Lap. Staying in touch with friends does not have to be a planned vacation, it could be a game of cards, a dinner party or a chat over coffee, anything that keeps you connected.

It Is Not All About The Money

A couple thoughts this week.

We continued our speaking tour at Toronto Public Library branches. These presentations have been a great opportunity to share the Victory Lap Retirement message. We are humbled by the lending activity that the book is getting at the libraries and the number of people that make their way to our events, many after a long day at work. Thank You. Continue reading “It Is Not All About The Money”