My wife and I just finished volunteering at our local community Winter Carnival for, we think, the 21st year. This community event is run by volunteers and it just celebrated its 50th anniversary. It is a big undertaking with a core group of about 20 people from the community that put in countless hours to put on this event. This core group of people volunteer year after year and they are not getting any younger. We wonder where the next group of volunteers will be coming from? Continue reading “101 Awesome Things #8 – Volunteer”
We have a guest contributor this week Simon Chan. We met Simon early in 2017, just after Simon started his own Victory Lap leaving the corporate world and starting his own consulting business – BAL Consulting. He has become a wonderful friend, advisor and all around good guy! Take it away Simon… Continue reading “101 Awesome Things #6- Do a throwback vacation with your family!”
A new feature we will share every two weeks with you is called 101 Awesome Things To Do In VLR. Enjoy. Continue reading “101 Awesome Things To Do In VLR”
This week’s blog will be a little shorter, it is the summer so this will allow you to have a quick read then get out and enjoy the warm weather, after all Labour Day is just around the corner.
When I was working full time, the company’s fiscal year end was October 31, so the fall was a time to review achievements and plan for the new fiscal year, I still take this attitude into my personal life. As many of you finish enjoying the summer it is a good time to review your life style and financial plans and take time to think about life after your first career. Continue reading “MORE GOOD NEWS ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE”
I was reading an article in the New York Times on the difficulty older people have proving a bias or harm when fired, deleted, given the pink slip, or the newest term I have seen – transitioned through. Without clear proof of harm there is a long uphill legal battle with little chance at compensation. Continue reading “Time To Turn The Page”
I was reading an article on retirement in The Atlantic. The article discussed the earliest concept of retirement dating back to Otto von Bismarck of Prussia in 1881. The concept was to provide financial support to “older members” of society. The idea was radical because people did not retire, if you were alive you worked. At the time the majority of people were employed in agriculture to feed the masses. The struggle for payment continued for 8 years and finally with pressure from the socialists, legislation was introduced for the state to take care of those disabled from work. Social security was later introduced for those over 70 years old, however 70 was well above life expectancy at the time. Continue reading “Where did the idea of Retirement come from?”
I believe most people would agree with the above statement so why is it that 46% of Canadians do not have a financial plan? It just doesn’t make sense to me. Everyone is concerned about their futures yet why are so many willing to blindly go along and hope things turn out for the best. All I can say is good luck with that! Continue reading ““The Better The Plan The Better The Outcome””
You have probably noticed a trend in our blogs, one common thread is no matter where we start retirement can be better with a little planning. Planning is key for everyone to get their 20 plus years of retirement right. I asked Gerry to share his thoughts.
Planning is Key
When I think about my journey to Victory Lap Retirement (VLR), in comparison to Mike, or other people we have met during the book tour, it is clear there are similarities in that we are leaving careers and looking for something new for the first time in a long time. What is different is how we got here, which is largely based on how we left our career and our work experience over the last few years. Let me illustrate.
I am giving Mike a blog break, as he keeps telling me he is busier now than when he was working for the Corp., but he loves what he is doing! Good Morning another long weekend ends here in Canada and today begins our family’s first day in over 14 years without our dear family dog Sasha. More on that later. Continue reading “Bad Things Are Going to Happen, So Bring On The Joy”
It’s Never Too Late
Many 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”