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...


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...

Dreams, time and seasons

In 2007 as I turned 50 I found myself at the end of a great season and grappling with what may come next. My children had left home, were both married and the work I was doing came to an end through the sale of the company I was working for. It was a time to end one season and grapple with what may be next? It was a scary place. I am sure there are many who reach this point in their lives. It was the combination of empty nest, aging and wanting to ensure that whatever I did next would be somethi...

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...

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...

Second career coaching. Why do I need it?

The articles and emails come through my inbox and via social media daily.  The challenge of finding work beyond the age of 50. This is not a local issue but certainly being felt around the world. Refirement Network offers second career coaching. What does that mean?  The process is there to guide your thinking and to act as a reflection back to you around your own thoughts and fears. We all have ideas but the coach is there to check your thinking, stretch your ideas and help you to address yo...

Retirement Homes – Places of positive aging and engagement

There is a new generation heading in the direction of retirement. The baby boomers. This generation thinks differently to that of the silent generation. The world they are retiring into has also changed. How are retirement homes adapting to this process? The baby boomer generation is between the ages of 50-70. The growth of new style 50+ residential estates have been designed with this generation in mind. However not all of them can afford to buy in these estates. The older villages have done...

Top Ten Ideas for work 50+

This list will help you to think through some ideas of the kind of work possibilities that exist as you look at second careers. Remember the world is a constant changing place and we need to keep up and build our skills around technology to assist with many possible jobs on offer.  Here are some of my top ideas for you. Work in this season does not need to be fulltime but rather a mixture of work and play. Entrepreneurship is a choice many of need to make in this season. Make sure you know w...