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.

Celebrating Another Milestone

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.
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Retiring Solo Are You Ready?

Standing on top of the world (image)TD Wealth released a survey in January 2018, which found that 47 percent of respondents were planning to retire solo. This is a fascinating statistic and one that is driven home by feedback we receive at many of our seminars.  It is not surprising that with historical high divorce rates, Statistics Canada data showing all time high levels of individuals living solo and peope living in non traditional living arrangements to reduce housing costs, that people are heading into retirement with a focus on being alone. Continue reading “Retiring Solo Are You Ready?”

Grey Divorce

For those of you in a relationship I’d be surprised if you did not realize that when it comes to happiness in life,  how well you get along with your partner will have the biggest impact. Your partner is the person you’re going to be spending the most time with and if the relationship sours, it will take the joy out of retirement. Continue reading “Grey Divorce”

101 Awsome things # 11 Spending Your Playcheque

I view any money that I earn in VL as my “playcheque” and I’ve given myself permission to spend it on things that appeal to me. It reminds me of when I was a kid and had $20 in my pocket that I had earned from my part time jobs. I was free to spend it on anything I wanted but once the cash was gone the spending was over. I like living like that, it makes life so much easier. Continue reading “101 Awsome things # 11 Spending Your Playcheque”

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”

Victory Lap Lifestyle Design

I’m smiling as I type this as I’m still feeling the effects of last night’s swim workout. After the swim I could hardly keep my eyes open, I was done. My body was sore all over, not a bad kind of sore, the kind of sore you get from pushing yourself after not doing an activity for a very long time.

I’ve been going to the gym and pool on a regular basis since early January and I am amazed by the number of people in their seventies and eighties who work out on a regular basis. I’ve come to know a few of them, their stories and I’m in awe of the lifestyles that they have created. These people are not the type to sit on the couch and watch the world go by. We can learn a lot from these “older” people. Continue reading “Victory Lap Lifestyle Design”