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How Do You Define “Retirement”?

Well, if you’ve read any of this blog – then it will be no surprise that the notion of retirement is changing. And with it – perhaps a new ‘official’ definition is in order? TD Bank is inviting Canadians to submit their definition of retirement in a contest that ends September 26. 

To submit your definition go to and if you’d like to read the news release for more detail – click here.

Personally, I think the word ‘retire’ should be retired (s’cuse the pun…it was intentional). And instead of a new definition of retirement, we need a new word to describe this phase of life. Wanna know mine? You guessed it:


Yup, the anti-thesis of ‘retiring’ and rather than ending a chapter we are simply shifting gears. Still full of life!

To your UNretiredLife….and with personal and professional (if you choose) wellbeing in all phases of life!



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Retiring Retirement (National Post) and more…

Retiring Retirement…that’s the title of an article in which I was recently interviewed for. I like the sound of that phrase (retiring retirement). It sounds a bit like this blog’s name and philosophy: UNretiredLife.  Well, as many of you may know – retiring the old notion of retirement is a topic I’ve addressed for quite some time. This year, there’s been a huge ramp up of this story as boomers have turned 65. Media, banks and many other players in the financial services industry have hop on to this new narrative of what ‘retirement’ is going to mean to boomers. A paradigm shift to say the least!

In the News! In the past couple weeks, I’ve been quoted quite extensively in articles about work and life in so-called retirement. See below. And, btw, if you feel you are years away from retirement and don’t need to think about this – well, think again. Planning for life (and possibly work/career) in the next stage of life takes time. I know. I started in my ’40′s — and as many of you know, I have been developing an extensive second career that could serve me well into my so-called retirement years (Big Cheese Coaching)  — alongside my other career in communications.  Takes work. Planning. Thinking. And more.

Anyways, don’t take it just from me – hear what others have to say:

Retiring Retirement – and how boomers can stay engaged with work and life (Investment Executive, November 2011)

Retirement Can Get Old Very Fast – if you don’t do the ‘life planning’ part of it (National Post, November 5, 2011)

Post-work Planning – how boomers can plan for life after full time work (Investment Executive, November 2011)

To a TGIM work+life in all stages of work and life!


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Retiring Right: Chock full of tips

Thought I’d share a publication that I had the privilege of contributing to. Retiring Right, is a publication produced by RBB Media. The December issue was included in the Chronicle Herald. In Retiring Right – you’ll see a wide array of articles, tips and resources related to retirement planning. I was invited to contribute an article on the life planning side of retirement. It made it to the front page! Also – plenty of tips on the financial planning side of things.  Both are integral to a successful retirement… or UNretiredLife…which ever way you look at it, you gotta plan for your current and next state of life.

To success and meaning in your version of UNretiredLife!


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In the News: Career Advice for UNretirees

From time to time, I get invited to contribute articles to the Globe and Mail Careers. Yesterday they published my latest “Mentor Minute”. The column is is structured as a Q&A on various career issues. This one is geared to the boomer who is not so sure about what to do in that ‘R’ stage of life….read on:

THE SCENARIO: I currently work in a senior role at a large company and am approaching retirement age. I love my work and have been so busy these past years, I haven’t had time to really think about my retirement. I am becoming a little concerned because I just can’t picture myself fully retired. I love my work but I also know that I want to slow down. I’ve got mixed feelings about this whole thing. Help!

THE ADVICE: You can read what I wrote in the FULL ARTICLE HERE.

Got a question? In the same boat? Want some guidance to help you plan for ‘what’s next’ in that ‘R” stage of life (work or no work – you need to plan)…..then get in touch. Would love to hear from you!

To success and fulfillment in all stages of life!


Just two more spots left…

I can’t wait! I am counting down the days until my Retirement 2.0 Workshop on June 24th (with a follow-on program) — and putting the final touches on a really exciting program. What I’m most excited about is that I’ve got a great posse of people coming…..and before I forget, I want to share that I have just two spots left!

I call this “Retirement 2.0” – because the “R” stage of life will be a very different version from what old versions of retirement used to be. As such, it calls for a very different kind of planning ……so this workshop will be UN-like any old retirement planning workshop too! What else would you expect from UNretiredlife?!

JUST TWO SPOTS LEFT! If you are interested – you will be getting this program at a very significant discount (as it’s a Pilot from the Big Cheese Lab). As well, you will be joining a great group of people who come from a variety of professional backgrounds and range in age from age 50  to about age 61. Mind you, these are not limits to the age range required – just a representation of who has said ‘yes’ to this invitation so far.

No worries if you feel you are many, many years away from full time retirement. In fact, most of the group participants are in the same boat. They are quite a few years away from the full-time “R- stage of life (retirement/UNretirement) but are getting ready to make (or plan for) some changes – perhaps from their current work-life and want to explore what’s next for them in the years ahead for both work and life.  As well, we’ve also got some people who have just stepped away from their first career and just starting to explore this new stage of life. They have lots of road ahead and want to explore their possibilities for both work and life too!

Each brings different career backgrounds, interests and future aspirations — but they all recognize that having a successful past career/life isn’t going to cut it for their future. They need to take the time to reflect, plan and look at ahead to create the next stage in life so that it too brings meaning and ‘success’ on their terms.

Interested? If so, get in touch as I only have TWO SPOTS left. I’d be happy to have a no-obligation chat to see if this is a good fit for you. 

How about it? Ready for what’s next?

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Never Going to Retire? Join in…

Are you uncomfortable with the “R” Word?

Mention the word retirement and a lot of boomers defiantly say: “Not me – I’m never going to retire!”

Well, not an unfamiliar reaction. In fact, 31% of boomers in an RBC poll – said the same thing.  Another 51% said there was no appropriate age to retire – it’s up to you!

I couldn’t agree more!  That is why I am calling this blog (and my programs) UNretiredLife! Because many of us will delay the ‘hard-stop’ retirement and instead either continue to work in the same career, recareer, and/or start to test-out and ease into a different kind of work-life balance.

We boomers are known to ‘live to work’.  Despite the complaints along the way, work give us a lot more than just a paycheck: we get intellectual stimulation, the satisfaction of contributing, a place to test our mettle, develop skills and grow ourselves.  Along the way we self actualize, connect with people to ‘play with’ — and a whole bunch more. And yes, that paycheck is critical. Many of us will continue work for financial reasons.

But does that mean you don’t have to plan for your life and work? Heck no!!!

The biggest mistake people can make is to float along and delay the reflection and planning that is critical to ensuring your next stage of life — whether you work or don’t — is working for you!  We all know how important the financial planning piece is. Well the life & work planning is equally critical — and will make your financial planning that much more meaningful.

What will you do when you grow up (do we ever grow up?)? What are the career possibilities for you in the next stage of life? Will you shift career gears or continue in the same lane? Full time/part-time/contract – solopreneur anyone?

Those are just a few of the career question but there’s more: And what about the balance side of things? Will you delay that till you eventually do the ‘full stop retirement’ — or might that be an area to tackle first while you are working?

So whether you call the next stage of life ‘retirement’ or “Unretirement” — you still gotta plan! Financially of course. And for life.

WORKSHOP: That’s what my Retirement 2.0 program  is all about It’s the next version of ‘so-called-retirement’ and isn’t just for people planning ‘hard-stop’ cessation of work. It’s for boomers who want to make the most of the next stage of life (work optional!) — but perhaps haven’t yet had the chance to think it through. We’ll bring guidance, reflection prompters and challenges to your assumptions.  And it will be fun! At least that’s the intention:) 

SO….Care to join me and some Big Cheese Boomers starting June 24th?

Get in touch! Would love to have you there.

To success in the UNretiredLife

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Workshop News: Retirement 2.0 for “Big Cheese Boomers”

Hey Big Cheese Boomers – are you ready for what’s next? Further to my ‘pre-announcement’ post a few weeks ago, I’ve now got the details for a fabulous new program that’s been cook’n in my Big Cheese Coaching Lab and ready for the offering — and it starts June 24th!  Limited spaces (only about 10 or so)!

The Retirement 2.0 Group Program for “Big Cheese” Boomers — this is a three-part program for boomers who just don’t relate to the old notion of retirement. Hanging out on porch just won’t cut it.  Accomplished, successful (on your terms)- you are wanting something different from your so-called retirement years. Perhaps it will be a continuation of work or recareer — or maybe not. But the bottom line is: you need a plan and a direction to create a life stage that will continue to engage, inspire and connect you to what matters most. 

Just not quite sure what that looks like yet? This program may be for you!

Retirement 2.0 Group Program — is all about the ‘next version’ of so-called retirement….it’s  for boomers who want to create their own unique version.  This three-part program is being offered as a Pilot from the Big Cheese Coaching Lab. I’m inviting you to be part of a small, intimate group (only about 10 or so spaces!) to be in a conversation, exploration, discovery process about what your next life stage will be about.

At a Glance:  This three pronged-program will be jam-packed with reflection, tools/exercises and conversation over a two month period:

1) Full Day workshop (Toronto/ June 24th — location tbc) 

2) Series of 5 Teleclasses 

3) Membership to the Big Cheese Coaching Online Retirement 2.0 Course & Community (a great platform to work through decision points and if you choose, to connect with others in your group).

 Also – as a special pilot from the Big Cheese Coaching Lab, participants will receive this at a substantially reduced fee from future offerings. An additional further discount offered to those who register by May 2oth!

Curious? Interested? If so, get in touch with me quick as there are limited spaces.  And see below for more detail (dates, fees, FAQ):

1) One Pager – The Program At a Glance

2) FAQ – more detail

 3) Proposed topics/agenda: available upon request. Get in touch.

To Success & Significance in your UNretiredLife — create your own version!



Workshop News: Retirement 2.0 for boomers….

WHOO HOO! This is my PRE-ANNOUNCEMENT to my ‘real’ announcement (coming soon)!


Well, I’m so excited about something I have been working on and  percolating in the hopper, that I just can’t wait to share the news. So rather than wait till it’s all 100% ready, I thought I’d scoop my own launch announcement with a little  shout-out to give you a peek at what’s cook’n and coming soon!

I will be offering the first (of more to come) Retirement 2.o Workshops for boomers who see themselves as successful, vibrant and are ready to contemplate what’s next for them as they consider the next stage in life. Specifically, it’s for boomers with zip (zoomers) who believe that retirement on the porch is NOT for them. Folks who might be approaching traditional retirement age, or several years away, or already in it — but they feel this life stage is UNLIKE old notions of retirement and that the NEW retirement is theirs to create — and can also be filled with new goals, dreams, accomplishments aspirations…..And for many, it may even involve a continuation of work and career, on their terms.

….THAT SAID, many of you believe in ALL THAT but perhaps you have not yet had or taken the time to meaningfully  reflect on what that might look like to you. Or you’ve started but want to take that vision a little further.

This workshop & follow-on program will kick-start and build on the reflection and planning to get you going on a vision for ‘what’s next’ for you as you create success and significance in your own version of “UnretiredLife”

STARTING DETAILS (More to come soon!): I’m offering this from my Big Cheese Coaching Lab. What this means is you will get SUPER VALUE and as a first-time offering, you will get a signfiicantly reduced price with a plethora of great tools, goodies and more. 

At a glance some of the things to look forward to:

  • Full day workshop (Toronto for this round): Date tbd but likely towards latter part of June.
  • Full support after the workshop with series of special teleclasses just for your group – AND…
  • Membership to the Big Cheese Coaching Retirement 2.0 Online Course & Community  which will provide oodles of tools, guided reflection and exercise, some coach interactions and tons of opportunities to connect and interact with your Retirement 2.0 peers from the group
  • Optional: a Retirement Options assessment (more details later).
  • And more! 

LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE:  I will be keeping this to a fairly small and intimate group – likely around 10-15 people so there will be lots of support.

INVESTMENT: details coming soon – but as a pilot offering within the Big Cheese Coaching Lab – I will be asking my participants to provide feedback on the various components of this program and in turn, you will be getting a significant reduced special price (from what this will involve in future offerings) — and with many more benefits as an inaugural member of the Retirement 2.0 community.

INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE? If you think this sounds like something you might be interested in and would like to hear more and/or be on the list of ‘first to hear’ when the course announcement comes out with full details — then get in touch please!  There is absolutely no obligation at this stage – but if you express interest, I will count you in on my ‘first to hear’ list as I send out firmer details. 

Hope to hear from you — or perhaps someone you know who is ready to talk about what success and significance will mean for you as you prepare for ‘what’s next in their life’.

To the UnretiredLife!


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Retiring FROM or retiring TO…..?

When you think about retirement (or at least retirement from your current work), how much do you think about  what you are retiring FROM……vs. what you are retiring TO?

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How you respond to this may likely be a strong indicator how prepared you are for a successful life transition in the so-called retirement stage (which we affectionally call “UNretiredLife”).  All too often, people think about what they will leave when they retire.  “Finally – I won’t have to put up with the office politics“. Or, “No more 6am wake-ups….or traffic jams to work….or, or, or….???”

Without a sense of what you will retire to…..well, you could end up very disatisfied and disillusioned with your retirement.

One of the greatest maladies associated with retirement is depression. The old version of retirement focused so heavily on the stopping part. Work stopped. So little time and reflection on the starting part. The ‘starting part’ is critical to satisfaction in your next life stage.  What will you create/start/do more of to stay energized, inspired, engaged?

Boomers aren’t all that willing to give up work. Aside from the financial rewards, work brings other good stuff like: structure to your days, social connections, intellectual stimulation, a sense of contributing and personal worth, learning opportunities — and much, much more.

When that stops – one’s “Mojo” (sense of being alive) can deflate.

That is why it is imperative to reflect on what kind of life (work and personal) will you be retiring to?

It’s a big question – full of caveats and paths to explore (work, volunteer, hobbies, relationships, life meaning more). 

We can help. We offer coaching, assessments, and a whole bunch of tools to help you navigate this planning

Give us a call – no obligation — to explore your UNretiredLife!

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Andy Barrie to Retire – or is that “Retool”?

Andy Barrie, the widely respected host of Toronto’s CBC Radio One program Metro Morning, has announced he’s stepping down from the top-rated show. This is huge news in Toronto. He is part of so many people’s morning  ‘wake-up’ calls — including mine! I always start the day with my alarm tuned into  Metro Morning and like so many others, have come to truly admire, respect and like Andy.

Andy is 65, the age of ‘traditional’ retirement — but don’t count him out.  He may be leaving his current role but, according to all the news coverage, he’s got lots of ideas aboout possibilities for his future. 

Andy Barrie in studio (Dwight Friesen-CBC)
(Photo: Dwight Friesen – CBC)

Andy embodies the new face of retirement – the pardigm shift. Boomers will redefine what it means to ‘retire’. Many will leave their existing jobs – or current careers, but carry on with new versions of their work-lives and pursue new life adventures. 

On their terms.  

CBC is acknowledging this trend of the ‘new retirement’ with a series profiling folks like Andy – who have had successful careers and decide to completely retool and begin new careers. E.g. they will be profiling a successful business owner who went to medical school in mid-life. 

It will be an interesting series – and very aligned with UNretiredLife’s perspective on what is possible for boomers in the the next life stage.

I wish you well Andy – and am sure we will be hearing from you again but perhaps in a different way.

INVITATION: If any of you ‘out there’ are interested in your own ‘retooling’ as you head into this next phase of life (or even if you are many years away) – get in touch! We can help. As a retirement options certified coach, I offer coaching, teleclasses, assessments and more. Or at minimum, check back here. I’ll be writing about lots of topics and issues related to mid-life (or later) career and life transition.

In the meantime, to the UNretiredLife!


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