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...

Looking for professional, skilled, passionate South Africans over 50

There are more than 2 million skilled people over 50 in South Africa. This is an amazing resource and asset for South Africa and can form an integral part of strategies to help bring about economic transformation and improve social cohesion. A new company has just been launched that is focused on this vision. The company is called 50Plus-Skills. Currently we are looking for individuals who are retired, close to retirement, entrepreneurs 50+ and anyone else who feels that they fall into this c...

Building, retaining and extending talent for South Africa

I have had an unusual career, working for many years in early childhood education space in South Africa. At the age of 50 I changed direction and started looking at the current retiring generation in South Africa and what impact longevity and technology was having on this generation. I often say I have worked from cradle to grave in my work journey. South Africa is challenged on many levels but without a doubt education and job creation are two main drivers needed for sustainability and a pro...

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...

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...

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...

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...