Last week we celebrated International Women’s and both Mike and I are thankful for all the wonderful women that have enriched our lives. You probably noticed a surge in the number of articles on the topic of women in retirement from our blogging buddies around the web. There is no doubt that there is a difference in how women approach investing and retirement but as we continue to say VLR is not a one size fits all, no matter, male, female, non binary, in couples or single, VLR is about YOU. Let us share a couple of thoughts on women in VLR. Continue reading “Woman Preparing and Thriving In VLR”
“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”
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”
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”
Each year most people go through various levels of review, reflection, resolution, and planning for various facets of their lives. Here are a few thoughts on the matter. Continue reading “Resolution or Review”
Retirement is supposed to be fun, it should feel good or your doing something wrong. Personally I was far too serious starting out on my Victory Lap, and a mistake I made was not taking any time off. Right out of the gate I started working full bore on VLR which turned into two books and before I knew it three years of my retirement was gone, and I was forty pounds overweight. If you asked me if it was worth it I would definitely say yes but it came at a cost. Working part time at Bass Pro would have been so much easier but that would have meant missing out on my dream of creating my own business, and being my own boss, something that I always wanted to do. So I decided upon the hard way and through the process I’ve become very aware that too much seriousness is a kind of disease; it is a cancer of the soul and when your serious all the time you lose the fun. Thankfully I don’t spend any time feeling like that anymore. Continue reading “Retirement Is A Game, Play It Well”
If you are like me you probably have multiple sources of information that come to your inbox daily, sometimes a little too much. Searching for “retirement” on the web you will see many articles on FIRE. What is FIRE and why are so many people talking about it? Well here are some thoughts…
Continue reading “What We Can Learn From F.I.R.E”
It felt good writing my last blog on retirement rebels. Truth be told I’ve always been a bit of a rebel myself, and I had to hide that part of me when I went to work for a big Bank, but from time to time it would suddenly pop out and get me in a little trouble. Continue reading “On My Soap Box”
I’ve been meaning to blog about this for awhile but the book launch has kept me quite busy and to be honest I’m a little burned out at the moment. On the positive side I feel like Scrooge on Christmas morning, there are so many positive things going on in my life right now. That is what happens when you decide to take control of your life back and design a great lifestyle for yourself. But to be honest it’s not all roses all the time and one concern that I do have is watching out for my health. I’m not sleeping properly, there is way too much stuff on my mind and even though it’s all positive it concerns me.
I’ve begun a regular habit of checking my blood pressure whenever I’m at Shoppers and the readings are all over the place. While I’m no doctor, I’m pretty sure that it reflects the pace that I’m currently living at. The goal going forward will be to lower stress and slow the pace way, way down as I want to be around a long, long time!
Last week I appeared on BNN as a guest to talk about Victory Lap Retirement. You can see the interview here.
BNN was doing a piece on “Why Canadians Are Putting off Retirement – and The Challenges They Face” and it looks like our book Victory Lap Retirement struck quite a nerve. You can see a review of the book here and here.
Continue reading “Breaking Boundaries”