What are you doing for the rest of your life?

It’s time to take a reality check.   We are all living longer.  So the answer to the question ‘what are you doing for the rest of your life?’ takes on more importance as we age.

Today, many younger retirees are transitioning back from full retirement to part-time entrepreneurship.   How satisfying is it to engage in an activity  you love and making a business out of doing so?   Channeling your passion into something profitable is always an exciting venture.

Some fun and unique businesses that’s been popping up include:

1)   be a local tour guide if you live close to a popular tourist location.
For example, a number of retired Vancouverites are guides and commentators.  Leading small and specialized groups on nature hikes, architectural walks, and local art crawls.

   sharing diy experience
2)   presenting seminars in your area of knowledge, experience, expertise at local colleges and community centres;

   handmade soaps
3)   making and selling craft products and unique services.
For example, a retired teacher is now an entrepreneurial soapmaker selling fragrant soaps online as well as holding workshops on how soaps are made.

So go ahead, think of a way to marry your hobby or interest into something profitable now that you have the time!

Celebrate February!

February is such an uplifting month.   The winter shivers are about to leave us with spring being just around the corner.

Here are four great reasons to celebrate –

1)  It’s Valentine month – the month of love.

2)  It’s Chinese New Year!  This is the year of the horse to help gallop in a year of good health, great wealth and peace across the land.

3)  It’s the month to cheer on our favourite Sochi Olympians.


tulip time!

tulip time!

4)  It’s the month when flowers are about to bloom … soon!

So get out, enjoy, celebrate!!!


Rethink New Year Resolutions

Many of us think to make resolutions for the new year and that’s a good thing.   But instead of the popular “I want to lose weight” or “I’m going to quit smoking (drinking, etc. …)”, go one step further by adding 2 measurable perimeters to your resolution.

The first is to give it an amount that is a number.    For example, instead of “I want to lose weight”, your resolution need to include “20 lbs (weight)”.

The second perimeter is to give the resolution a deadline.       So if your resolution is to “Quit smoking”, state “I want to completely stop my one-pack-a-day cigarette smoking habit by June 30, 2014”.

These two perimeters help you define further your goals and how to achieve them.   They are measurable and you can monitor them as your progress.

Of course, don’t be too hard on yourself with resolutions.   Don’t beat yourself up if you didn’t lose the 20 lbs by June 30th (bikini season), instead celebrate your achievement of losing 10.   Revisit your resolution and reset your goal.   Was it a bit too ambitious?   Was it realistic?

The bottom line is to make new year resolutions that are right for you, and are achievable and measurable.  Than put in some hard work and keep your eye on the prize (resolution goal).    And don’t forget to celebrate the milestones along the way.

So what is your New Year resolution for 2014?