Reflections on Life at 62 and the lessons learnt for others who are around 50

I have just turned 62. Today I want to reflect on my life over the past 12 years and hopefully there may be some lessons for those around the 50-year-old milestone. There have been many changes in my life in the past 12 years.  I will highlight some of them so that you can understand the amount of change that may happen to you over the next 10-15 years. At 50 I was a mom of two adult children, divorced and working in a dream job, making a difference. Both my children had just married, a...

Building your brand and becoming an entrepreneur 50+

The message out there is that the world of work has changed and that we all should work longer. In many cases this may mean becoming an entrepreneur and building your own brand. The best way to tackle your current situation if you have not saved enough is to try and clear debt, decrease your expenses and clutter, live simply and work longer. The longer you can allow your investments to grow and live off what you earn in a simplified life, the better chance you have of a financially positive l...


I am sure that we all can reminisce around the song from Crosby Still Nash and Young called Teach your Children well. Here are the opening lines to remind you: You who are on the road Must have a code that you can live by And so, become yourself Because the past is just a good-bye. Teach your children well. I have been compiling a list of skills that we can use for our Skills Platform (live soon) and the word that came to mind was TEACH. Just teach what you know. This is how Wi...

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...

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...

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...

Learning is fun

This past four weeks I have been on an online learning course and learning more about digital literacy. When we grew up we learnt to read and write and once we were literate, we could manage our way to success through an education and then finding work. The world has now changed. Digital literacy, different from computer literacy is the new literacy needed for communication for work and life today. I have known for some time that I needed to do this course if I wanted to improve my ability to...