Is the decluttering craze really making us happier?

Have you spent any time decluttering lately? Do you feel more efficient and productive in your workplace, or comfortable in your home and joyful in your life, as a result? Decluttering has become a movement in North America. There has been a spurt of books and articles in the past couple of years on everything from how… Continue reading Is the decluttering craze really making us happier?

What to ask a financial advisor

Last post, I talked about what you can do to figure out that universal retirement question: “How much is enough?” And I recommended that you meet with a financial advisor at least once before you retire. I had a couple of queries about whether that was really necessary and how to find the right financial… Continue reading What to ask a financial advisor

The right questions to ask before you retire

How much is enough? In survey after survey on retirement planning, how much we actually need to retire appears to be the number one question pre-retirees have. We are fixated on the fear that we’ll outlive our savings. And that’s not surprising since the currency of our working lives is money. How much we earn,… Continue reading The right questions to ask before you retire

What are you doing with the rest of your life?

  It’s a question I often ask to see where someone is on their retirement planning path. A recent client seemed a little taken aback and wondered why she had to figure that out now. “Isn’t that what retirement is for?” The answer to that question is yes and no. Most of us are too busy with… Continue reading What are you doing with the rest of your life?

Are you willing to defer your retirement?

Are you willing to defer your retirement? A recommendation to the federal government to raise the retirement age forcing many Canadians to do just that was made early last month.  It was hastily dismissed. Maybe a little too hastily. The Advisory Council on Economic Growth made the recommendation to the federal Finance minister to raise… Continue reading Are you willing to defer your retirement?

5 signs you’re not ready to retire

If you are one of the many boomers who no longer love their job, the lure of not having to get up and go to work everyday can be very strong. You’re thinking about retirement more and may even have picked a date. Before you open the door to retirement, you’ll want to make sure you’re actually ready. Failing… Continue reading 5 signs you’re not ready to retire

Going the distance with your sweetheart

It’s Valentine’s Day so I thought it was a good time to write about couples and love. Not the hearts and flowers kind of love that we see in the cards we’re supposed to give to our sweethearts on this day. Or the diamonds and expensive perfume kind of love, that advertisers pour crazy amounts… Continue reading Going the distance with your sweetheart