During my visits with my mother at her nursing home, I tend to observe and think a lot. After all these years, I smile when I see that she is still teaching me lessons about life. It was there that I realized that my own game clock was ticking down, two periods done with one to go and I was running out of time to do the things I still wanted to accomplish before it was game over. Time is fleeting and it is best to use it to your full advantage while you still can.
It wasn’t until I began working on Victory Lap Retirement that it came to me that time, not money, was now my most important asset. The relationship between time and money had changed for me over the years. When I worked in the corporate world, I willingly traded my time for money and I would use that money to provide security for my family. My efforts were focused on working hard and getting a promotion in order to get a bigger salary. I was willing to invest more and more of my time in order to make that happen because that was the way the game was played. But when I was finally able to achieve “Findependence” trading my time for money no longer felt like a fair exchange, other things became more important and something inside started pushing me to become the real me. The only problem was that after all those years in the corporate world I had forgotten who I was, but thankfully I was able to figure that one out eventually. Continue reading “Time: Your Most Valuable Asset”
It’s fun now because Jonathan and I finally get to enjoy the fruits of our labours. The book has been written, the Victory Lap Retirement (VLR) website and blog has come to life and we received our first book order yesterday. But there is much work to be done to accomplish our goal of building the VLR tribe and helping as many people as possible start their own version of a VLR lifestyle. Great things take time but the results are well worth it once you get there!
Yesterday I finally got around to getting my old bike out of the basement and taking it out for a ride. I’ve been promising myself to do this since early May but something always seems to get in the way. Now that the book is basically done and the blog is up and running I don’t have any more excuses, the hard work has been done and the hay is in the barn as they say. Continue reading “It’s Going To Be Quite A Ride!”
I have always been a firmer believer that most of the answers that we are looking for have already been written about. The trick is finding out where that information is hidden and one of the purposes of this site is to share helpful information sources with each other so that we can all benefit. I’m also a big believer in the power of role models, people who have proven successful at what I want to do. It’s much easier to see how another person accomplished some goal and then just copy what they did. Odds are if you do that you will be successful as well.
First, a little bit of background. I have spent all of my working life (38 years) in the banking industry so it’s safe to assume that I have a good handle on most things relating to money. I’ve always been a good saver and like most people bought into the idea that the more money I saved for retirement the better my eventual retirement would be. That wasn’t my only mistake.
I smile every time I think about the fact that Jonathan and I have written a retirement book about not retiring. I know it’s weird, but weird seems to work in today’s world…
It all started about five years ago: the day I woke up and realized I didn’t want to do my corporate job anymore. Continue reading “A Retirement Book about Not Retiring”