Are you interested in an encore career?

Baby boomers are becoming entrepreneurs at a faster rate than any other demographic in Canada. Why? They’re not ready to call it day on their careers, even if employers are. Boomers are working longer because they have to and because they want to. Increasing longevity means you have more days to fill and pay for… Continue reading Are you interested in an encore career?

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

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?

Letting go of our stuff

My dad was a pack rat. Like many of his generation, he kept everything – just in case he might need it some day. And by everything, I mean balls of string, twist ties, glass jars, plastic bags and containers, old electronics, magazines, paint, wire, elastics, paper, nails, screws. . . you get the idea.… Continue reading Letting go of our stuff

Happy wife, happy life not just a cliche

Happy wife, happy life! We’ve all heard the cliché and like most clichés, it stays in use for a reason. Turns out, there is truth behind those trite words. In addition to common sense, (I mean whose home life wouldn’t be better if our partner was happy all the time?) science is proving in recent years… Continue reading Happy wife, happy life not just a cliche

Take a road trip to the future

On a recent road trip, my husband and I listened to a 70’s radio channel for three whole days. As we sang along to all the ‘oldies’, I couldn’t believe how many of the songs we remembered the lyrics to, (and quite frankly, how stoned the writers must have been to write such nonsensical tunes). Music… Continue reading Take a road trip to the future

Living a SMART life

If you took a business class or worked in business within the last 35 years you’ve probably heard the term SMART (i.e. Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-based) goals. I have personally used this acronym to write many a strategic plan in my career, so it’s kind of embedded in my brain. The definitions for… Continue reading Living a SMART life