It’s time to get pumped

It’s time to get pumped.

C’mon, let’s go!

Staying fit in your 40s, 50s and 60s will prepare you for a second half of life of kicking butt and taking names.

No seriously, cardio and strength training are the keys to being the vibrant, healthier-than-everyone, silver fox you see at the gym every day.

Not only does it help prevent a lot of illnesses and injuries common with aging, exercise also boosts your mood, helps you sleep better and keeps you motivated.

Don’t wait to get fit. Even if you’re still a few years away from retirement, forming healthy habits now will make it easier once you take the plunge.

So head to the gym, go for a hike, hit the pool…whatever you need to do to get moving.

What’s your favourite way to stay active?

Fear of Boredom in Retirement

According to Family Service Canada, boredom is the number one reason for dissatisfaction in retirement. Without a person’s routine and social contacts of the workplace, many people feel alone and disengaged from their usual social circle.

You are going to have a lot more time (at least 8 hours / day or 2000 days / year) and anywhere from 20 – 30 years + of life in retirement available to pursue personal interests or hobbies. How will you spend all this extra time?

Now is the time to start planning now BEFORE you retire to start thinking about what you would like to do in your retirement.

What do you love to do? Is it sports, being creative, reading, travelling, gardening, volunteering? What are your interests? What did you love to do as a kid? What did you love to do when you we’re in high school? As a young adult? Or before the kids were born? How will you want to spend an ordinary day?

Fears can be debilitating as they can stop us from achieving our dreams and doing the things we want to do. So, don’t let your fears stop you from living the life you want.

Identify, understand and take action to overcome your fears. These are important steps in preparing yourself psychologically for your retirement.

Visit www.powerupyourretirement.com to watch the ‘Ten Most Common Fears About Retirement’ Masterclass video.

Marielle Gauthier, owner and principal of Redworks Communications, is a certified Results coach; an Associate Certified Coach (ACC); and a Conversational Intelligence Coach. 

To receive updates about Marielle’s retirement coaching program, training and webinars or for more information on coaching services contact Marielle at marielle@redworkscoaching.com or visit www.powerupyourretirement.com.

Setting Healthy Boundaries in Your Life

You know those people who always seem like they got everything together? They’re just breezing through life without a care in the world? They’re successful, happy and ultra chill?

What if I told you, that could be you?!

Seriously, what a lot of these “have-it-together” people have is clarity on what they truly want…their priorities.

It’s easier to make a decision if you know exactly what you want.

Try it right now. Write down three things that are most important to you. Maybe it’s spending time with family, or eating a healthy diet.

Are your relationships important to you but you’re so busy at the office, you’re not spending time with your kids? And when you are, you’re distracted and tired?

Or maybe you want to eat a healthier diet, but you keep going the drive-thru because it’s quick and easy.

Take stock of this and start living your best life today. Start aligning your actions with your priorities. Even if you just block off a bit of time every day…you’ll start seeing balance in your life.

And when you start saying no to what doesn’t work (hellooooo healthy boundaries!), you can start saying yes to the things that do. And YOU can be the one strutting down the street without a care in the world.

This is just one lesson I go into even deeper in my Power Up Your Retirement online course. Check it out!

https://www.powerupyourretirement.com/power-up-insider

What does an extraordinary life mean to you?

What does an extraordinary life mean to you?

Maybe living an extraordinary life is being positive, optimistic, resilient and perseverant.

Maybe it’s all about taking risks and trying something new even if you’re scared or feeling vulnerable…

An extraordinary life could be living and using your gifts and strengths to make a difference, even a small one…

An extraordinary life could be dreaming and taking action to realize your dreams, no matter how small.

Maybe living an extraordinary life is simply sitting at a gathering with your family and friends telling stories and sharing in laughter.

Whatever extraordinary means to you, just remember, to be the best version of yourself.

You don’t need to be a rock star, a millionaire, a CEO of a company…you just need to be you, the best ‘YOU’ can be, and make the most of every minute you can.

How are you going to live your extraordinary life today?

Who inspires you?

 

My mom was a pretty special lady… #understatement

She always had a smile on her face, treated others with love and respect, saw the good in everyone and everything, and really enjoyed the simple things in life.

You could definitely say she’s my inspiration.

I got into coaching to help others lead a happier life and one of the things I love most is when one of my clients has a huge insight or breakthrough and learns something important about themselves or their path.

When I can help someone see the possibility of what their life can look like and take action towards achieving their personal and professional goals, I get pretty excited.

If you’re looking for specialized retirement coaching you can’t find anywhere else, check out my online course called Power UP Your Retirement. I truly want to see you live your best life. https://www.powerupyourretirement.com/power-up-insider

What, or who, inspires you on the daily?

Tips to destress about retirement

The “S” word is a very very bad word.

Yes, I’m talking about STRESS.

And for a lot of you, you may have spent the majority of your day today caring for everyone but yourself.

I know the other “S” word….self-care….can be a bit overused these days but honestly, caring for yourself and your needs is one of the best ways to manage stress, pre-retirement and during retirement.

If you’re getting close to retirement AKA living’ the dream, or you’re already there — you may be worrying about things like not having enough money, or losing relationships…so it’s time to take a deep breath and think of what you can do to ease these woes…

Take a bath, read a book, meditate, take a class at the gym, go out with friends…whatever floats your boat.

Other ways you can battle stress?

  • Eat a balanced, nutritious diet

  • Get more sleep

  • Drink water

  • Start a gratefulness journal

  • Laugh

  • Enjoy a hobby or learn a new one

And seriously, lower your expectations for that “perfect’ retirement life and take one day at a time. Don’t be so hard on yourself.

Right now, I want you to take a deep breath and write down one thing you’re grateful for and it’ll be your first step in self-care today.

“What do you call a person who is happy on a Monday – Retired”

Being retired also means your boss can’t say to you, “Looks like you’ve got a case of the Mondays…” EVER AGAIN. #officespace

Since retirement means more time with friends and family, more freedom and a lot less stress, feeling those happy feels should hopefully come a lot easier.

But maybe you’re feeling a bit lost in this new chapter of your life, or maybe you’re approaching it and feeling a bit anxious…Either way, I have some tips for you to maximize your happiness levels in your post-career life.

The ‘best life’ looks different for everyone, just focus on what you need to do to create ‘your best life’.

  • Surround yourself with positive people
  • Practice gratitude
  • Start the day off with positive intentions
  • Stay focused on the present and enjoy every moment
  • Bring humour into your life every day
  • Quiet your brain with meditation or deep breathing
  • Transform negative self-talk into positive self-talk!

Start by applying just one of these tips this week and see how your mindset changes!

What do you do on the daily to lead a more positive life?

Retirement planning is not just about money

It used to be most Canadians shared an idea of what retirement looked like. You worked until you were 65 and then you punched your timecard and spent the rest of your days on the golf course, travelling the world or spending time with your grandkids. If you were lucky enough to have squirreled away more money, you might have quit your job five or even 10 years earlier than you planned.

In 2019, not so much. The definition of retirement is evolving and it’s now different for everyone. One person may be able to fully retire at 55 while others are working part-time after they’re 65.

Some people are starting new businesses, going back to school or selling their homes, buying an RV and travelling. Some people are buying a recreational property down south or maybe staying close to home to be near family and friends. Some people will go back into the workforce, and some people have no idea how they want to spend the next 20 to 30-plus years of their lives.

People need to plan before they retire so they know how much money they’ll need to make their dreams come true. It’s important that people have a plan and know what they’ll need to financially support it.

But it’s not all about money. One of the most important things people can do to prepare for retirement is to deal with the non-financial side of retirement. If you’re one of these people, ask yourself:

  • What will make you happy?

  • What’s on your bucket list?

  • What are you passionate about?

  • What do you want to do less of and more of?

  • What will bring meaning and fulfillment into your life?

Doing this type of planning before you retire will help you determine where you can start making changes now and will also help you reduce any fears or anxiety you may have about the transition. It will help you not to waste a minute of your precious post-career time and planning will give you the confidence that you have enough money to live the retired life you want. This all adds up to a healthy, active and meaningful second half of life.

One of the biggest challenges people face is finding their purpose and living a meaningful life. Some people experience a loss of identity in their post-career life, which is totally normal, especially if you’ve spent the majority of your career at one job.

If you’re experiencing any worries or fears about retiring, try to identify the reason behind it. Taking action to explore those fears will help you overcome them. It’s the first step in preparing yourself psychologically for your retirement.

If you need to get clarity on your purpose – create a vision for your retirement, explore what you could do and develop goals you wish to accomplish. The most important thing is to write this all down. Putting pen to paper will increase your chances of success in accomplishing these goals.

Retirement can be a little scary, but it doesn’t need to be. Planning for your retirement will help generate a deeper understanding of what is important to you, gain clarity on what you really want, and will help you focus on your desires and personal growth.

That way you can take action, get energized and start getting excited about this incredible life change.

Marielle Gauthier, owner and principal of Redworks Communications, is a certified Results coach; an Associate Certified Coach (ACC); a Conversational Intelligence Coach, and an Accredited Business Communicator (ABC).

To receive updates about Marielle’s retirement coaching program, training and webinars or for more information on coaching services contact Marielle at marielle@redworkscoaching.com or visit www.powerupyourretirement.com.

‘Most Common Fears About Retirement’ Series

Are you one of the 400,000 Canadians who will be retiring in this year? Are you 2 – 3 years away from retirement but have many fears about your retirement or retirement in general? If you do don’t worry you are not alone!

Retirement is commonly an emotional time. Whether it’s missing the ‘comfort’ of a schedule, loss of structure and routine, dealing with the loss of work relationships, or losing a sense of purpose, it’s common for people adjusting to retirement to experience a range of worries and fears.

The impact of the non-financial issues like social and psychological factors plays a HUGE role in a successful retirement.

In fact, research has shown that almost half of people entering retirement struggle with the transition into a post-career life.

For many people who don’t plan or manage the transition well, the consequences can be significant including boredom, inactivity, isolation, depression, and even addictions.

But it’s not all doom and gloom – you can decrease your feelings of overwhelm, fears, concerns, and apprehension about retirement by working on preparing yourself psychologically.

In this ‘Most Common Fears About Retirement’ blog series we will look at the fears people have and a few tips for consideration on how to overcome those fears.

Fears can be debilitating as they can stop us from achieving our dreams and doing the things we want to do. So, don’t let your fears stop you from living the life you want.

Identify, understand and take action to overcome your fears. These are important steps in preparing yourself psychologically for your retirement.

If you are curious as to what pre-retirees are struggling with, watch the FREE Masterclass on the Ten Most Common Retirement Fears at: www.powerupyourretirement.com

Marielle Gauthier, owner and principal of Redworks Communications, is a certified Results coach; an Associate Certified Coach (ACC); and a Conversational Intelligence Coach, and an Accredited Business Communicator (ABC).

To receive updates about Marielle’s retirement coaching program, training and webinars or for more information on coaching services contact Marielle at marielle@redworkscoaching.com or visit www.powerupyourretirement.com.

She is based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Ten years after the Chilkoot Trail

This year I celebrated my 10th anniversary since I climbed the Chilkoot Trail. Luckily, I was in the Yukon this past August for both personal and work reasons, and definitely on my ‘must do’ list was to go back to visit the Chilkoot Trailhead.

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After a lovely visit in Skagway with my sister Lucille, and my niece Sophie, we drove off the main highway and made our way to the trailhead to where it all started.

Once there, I was surprised to see how much the area had filled in with trees and vegetation. The little registration station is now gone most likely opting for an electronic sign-in. The beautiful Taiya river, however, was flowing ever so strongly and majestically, and I felt like I was being greeted by an old friend.

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My sister and I started talking about our experience on the Trail as well as what had changed in our lives since our hike. Certainly there had been a lot of changes in the past 10 years, most memorable being changes in our work life and career; the loss of so many loved ones including our parents; and health issues. But for the most part, despite heartache and losses, there was a lot of personal and professional growth as well. We both had had new wonderful and rich experiences to meet great new people and to try new things that provided us with purpose, fulfillment and happiness.

I enjoyed our little journey down memory lane and am very grateful for all of the lessons that I learned while on the Trail. I truly believe that the strength and courage that I had to find within me to complete the trek has helped me tremendously to weather life’s little storms and to come through the tough situations even stronger and more resilient.

If you’re interested in finding out the life and leadership lessons I learned while on the Chilkoot Trail, I invite you to visit my six part ‘What the Chilkoot Trail Taught Me about Leadership,’ blog series.

Here is Part 1 of the series.  Enjoy.

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Marielle Gauthier, owner and principal of Redworks Communications, is a certified Results coach, an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coaching Federation; and soon a Certified Conversational Intelligence Coach.

To receive updates about Marielle’s coaching program, training and webinars or for more information on coaching services connect with Marielle at  marielle@redworkscoaching.com or visit www.redworkscoaching.com. She is based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.