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Never Would I Have Imagined

Saturday, March 9th, 2019   4:58 pm |  Category:   Jobs/Volunteer, Life, Relationships   |  1 Comment  | Author:     bio

One question I’ve always had trouble answering is, “What is your long term plan?” I can organize and implement everything from a small task to a large-scale international project as well as anyone, but setting and achieving 5-year goals for myself is a real stumper for me. Given my history, it makes sense.   My …more

An Alternative to Total Retirement

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018   11:07 am |  Category:   Jobs/Volunteer, Life, Travel   |  Add Comment  | Author:     bio

I remember wondering when I should retire. It started around Christmas time of my retirement year. The thoughts I was turning over in my mind went something like this: Can I afford to retire? I would have to take a small financial penalty on my pension if I was to retire that year. What would …more

Labor Day — Celebrate Freedom from Work

Thursday, August 31st, 2017   1:19 pm |  Category:   Health, Hobbies/Sports, Jobs/Volunteer, Life   |  Add Comment  | Author:     bio

If you’re retired, Labor Day is an excellent time for another celebration of freedom from work.   Held on the first Monday of September, Labor Day serves to mark the ‘end’ of summer. For young parents, school begins in September thus signalling regular routines like early bedtimes, preparation of lunches and homework supervision. For workers, …more

Volunteering with monkeys in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017   3:49 pm |  Category:   Jobs/Volunteer   |  Add Comment  | Author:     bio

It was a dream come true as we found the opportunity to volunteer with wildlife in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest. Far off from any civilization we would be caring for Woolly Monkeys and other indigenous animals. And yes – it became a once in a lifetime adventure!   It started on a bad note   …more

My Retirement Plan – Fully Executed with New and Authentic Life Experiences

Thursday, March 16th, 2017   9:25 pm |  Category:   Jobs/Volunteer, Life, Relationships   |  Add Comment  | Author:     bio

About two years ago, at age 63, I realized it was time to create a meaningful retirement plan. My 30+ year, very rewarding career in sales and management was winding down. My pension was set so I was lucky that I had flexibility.   Retire? But to what? I don’t play golf, crochet, play bridge …more

11 vital questions you need to ask yourself about volunteering in retirement

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016   8:46 pm |  Category:   Jobs/Volunteer   |  Add Comment  | Author:     bio

Are you already a volunteer?   Perhaps you help out with a church group or at a school canteen? If you are not being paid, you are indeed a volunteer, even if you haven’t been given that specific title.   Maybe you’re already officially one of the 23% of people aged over 65 who volunteer …more

Boy Scout Success Story

Sunday, September 13th, 2015   2:50 pm |  Category:   Jobs/Volunteer, Life   |  Add Comment  | Author:     bio

Hopefully, this article will inspire you or another adult to help some boy to get on track for potential success by becoming a Boy Scout.   Let me tell you about a boy who was given the opportunity and the support to become a Boy Scout and what happened to him. He was a proud …more

My Costa Rica Commute

Saturday, September 12th, 2015   11:28 am |  Category:   Jobs/Volunteer, Travel   |  2 Comments  | Author:     bio

Do you experience bliss doing the most simple of things? You know, where your chest inflates with joy and tears well in your eyes from the sheer power of it. The kind that continues, years later, to give you a rush?   I often have them while travelling. A few happened on the southeast coast …more

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