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...

Live, Work, Play By Mike Gray

In Tim Ferris’s book “the four-hour-work-week, ” he sets out an audacious idea he himself has lived. By changing from the normal suburban rat race lifestyle, dictated by every minute scheduled by others, to one where he takes control of his only two real assets in life … time and mobility. As a reviewer of the book says “Real wealth comes from time and mobility, as well as money, and those who have learned to build these dual additional currencies have become what Tim calls the “New Rich.” Th...

The Freebird Club – Social Enterprise & Impact – Refirement Network helps to grow this network in South Africa

This past week I was introduced to this wonderful new organisation focused on the the 50+ population around the world. Based in Ireland, but focused on a solution for income generation, engagement and sharing while we travel. This appeals to me. Many of us have extra space in our homes and by joining this club we can enjoy an income stream as well as learning and enjoying the company of others 50+ .   The Freebird Club is a travel-based social network for older adults, set up to p...

Put Foot – by Jenny Reid

       I have always loved to travel and when I turned 40 decided I had to do something that gave me credibility.  I came from a family of national and provincial sportsmen and women and I was the only one who could not do hop scotch without falling over. Climbing Kilimanjaro became my goal.  I was going to do it with my then business partner but he fell and broke his ankle and it was off.  I thought that this way maybe a sign until one day when a very dear friend of mine, Des Morehen, pho...

The Retirement Lifestyle Expo and going nowhere slowly in the Cape

It was a privilege to speak and share at the Retirement Lifestyle Expo in Cape Town at the end of February. It was both a consumer and trade event. The Trade conference brought together developers and general managers of Retirement Developments to discuss the challenges and opportunities in this industry in South Africa. There is clearly a new generation heading their way and the conference ended with many questions remaining unanswered as to what the future will look like. As a boomer are you p...

Legacy, family and birthday celebrations

I have just finished attending the Retirement Lifestyle Expo in Cape Town. Over lunch yesterday one of the ladies joined me at and shared about how much she had enjoyed my talk about finding passion, purpose and a pay cheque 50+.. She shared about how she loves to listen to stories from older people and would love to record them so that their families have them when they are no longer here to tell the stories.I know this is something I always encouraged my mom to do for us as she was the oldest ...

What is LOVE?

It is amazing as we get close to 14 February how the marketing world hots up around this topic. Just like Christmas and other holidays, the marketers consume our minds and pockets about how important this time is. Daily I get Facebook reminders,emails, sms's all reminding me about what LOVE is???? I am not cynical or sad because I do not have a partner at this time. I am sad about what the consumer world is doing to us as humans. Love is one of the most important human elements of life and encom...

Going on a play date

I have been working too much lately and not spending enough time on rest, reflection and creativity. I spend time writing and when one is tired it is difficult to call up the creative side of who we are. Last week I thought that I needed to join a creative writing class.. A few years back I read The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. She has a sequel called "Walking in this world”. Part of the secret of creativity is to take yourself on a weekly "play date". This can be a walk, visiting a place t...

Boomer memories from my childhood

We all have our own Valiant memories- long drives to seaside holidays, nights at the drive-in, four people on the back seat. But people from large families will tell you all sorts of stories about the politics on a Valiant's back seat!!! These are words I have just read in a book I have just finished. It is called: On the back roads Encounters with people and places. by Dana Snyman This is a great book about random places and people around this country. There is a great mixture of i...

Family Connection in a global world

I have discovered that the wonderful tool of blogging has helped me to stay connected to my family. I have 2 brothers and a sister and between us we have 9 children. My two are married so the total number of people in the family is 20. The age range is from 12 to 74 ( my mom) We are living on 4 different continents and even those of us left in South Africa do not live in the same city. I would say that we are typical of many families all over the world dealing with globalisation and the challeng...