The power of time

The retirement date looms on the horizon and you can’t wait for the big day. Life at work is no longer fun and there are days when you feel the stress may kill you. The day arrives, you celebrate with your colleagues and you walk out of the door. Maybe you even received a “gold watch”? This is the world of how most people still see retirement. They dream of many things they will do to fill their time. Holidays, fixing up the house and having time to visit friends and use their pensioners card...

Saying “yes” opened a whole new world to me – by Pia Kemppainen

I will be returning to my beloved South Africa this February. Two years ago, I spent eleven magical weeks in South Africa and those weeks played a great role in transforming my life. Those weeks gave me the strength that I needed to pursue my purpose, my “ikigai”, in life. Instead of having a corporate career, I was put on this earth to inspire and help people realize their goals. Ikigai (生き甲斐) Ikigai is a Japanese concept meaning "a reason for being". Everyone, according to the Japanese, has ...

Refire 2018

Welcome to 2018. A year filled with possibility and hope. What do you have planned? Have you had time to rest and reflect on what you want to do this year? I thought I would start off this year with an overview of what Refirement Network will be offering this year. We exist to help educate, inspire and encourage anyone over 50 to ensure that this will be your best season of life- a legacy season. Here are our main offerings: Individuals and Couples: We offer one on one coaching and grou...

The sudden arrival of caregiving in our lives

The middle generation between young and old is called the sandwich generation. This generation is often caring for both children and their elderly parents at the same time. The younger baby boomers may still be in this space and overlapping and coming soon to many in the X generation. It comes suddenly for many and the stress added to your already full schedule can be overwhelming. My mom was independent for most of her 22 years beyond the age of 60 with some help needed when she had eye oper...

We are not done yet!

Written by Shaun Lindbergh from We, the Boomers, are the biggest and most-profitable market segment the world has ever known and will remain so for the next twenty to thirty years. We also own the largest reserve of knowledge and expertise on the planet and will probably continue to do so for the next twenty to thirty years. We have ushered in the Digital Revolution. We have transformed the world into a global village. We have maintained the longest period of...

Designing a Legacy season 50+ for women

We have all been gifted with an extra season of life due to longevity and technology. This means that we need to be mindful and intentional around what this means for our own lives.  There are many similarities for men and women and then also many differences. I have designed a series of workshops for this process specifically for women. I have personally walked at least ten years of this legacy season myself and want to be able to share my journey while helping others to design their own. We...

Mind Shift | Talent as a Service – by Terry Madavo

In the increasingly competitive business landscape, there’s unrelenting pressure for companies to be more productive, with fewer employees and resources. Technology has become a key enabler in this shifting model. But it has major implications for what the idea of ‘work’ itself is becoming. What’s emerging is a new model for the workforce and the workplace known as ‘Talent as a Service’. In the same way that Netflix virtualized the video shop on the corner, Talent as a Service (TaaS) sees the...

Refirement Skills Bank Survey Results

Over the past few weeks I have run a survey around my vision for a skills bank for the older generation. The value in the skills bank is not just to find a way to earn but also a place to give back. The information gathered will help us make some key decisions around the model needed to move forward. I always value feedback and insights both from those over 50 and business and social sector. Here are some of the results. Thank you for your input. I appreciate you. 88 people took the survey. ...

Learning and sharing from my first online course for anyone 50+

I am about to complete my first online training course for anyone interested in designing a second career for themselves over the age of 50. The world of work has changed and we may not have saved enough money for a longer retirement. This may cause us stress, especially if we keep trying to use old methods of sending off CV’s to companies, feeling deeply depressed when we get no response. What are the answers? I do believe that technology and longevity are a gift. We need to open our eyes...

How Will You Use Your Extra Season of Life?

Lynda Smith is the founder of the Refirement Network, and is an expert in planning for the second half of life. She coaches clients to examine the internalized limitations that hold us back, as well as teaching concrete tools and skills to “refire” an entirely new career, passion project or hobby. Her slogan is: Don’t Retire – Refire! Read full article here  |  Watch video here.