Study states skilled talent shortage will continue to impede global growth

I’m curious about how many companies are aware of this…

According to Canada’s Urban Futures Institute, about 425,000 Boomers will retire by 2020 annually and some 9.8 million Canadian baby boomers are already approaching retirement.

Already a major issue, skilled talent shortages will continue to impede global growth and if not addressed, could have a significant impact on major economies by 2030, a study* by Korn Ferry (NYSE: KFY).

Talk about succession planning being key! How are you getting new leaders to step into the role and how are you supporting the leaders you have who are leaving?

This is just one of many things I can help you with. If you’re interested in having me come to your place of work to do a session or workshop, drop me a line today!

Is long-term care insurance right for you?

No one has ever said to me, “I can’t wait to move into a long-term care home!” So I think it’s a safe bet to say that very few of us want to do so. We want to stay as independent as possible in our own home for as long as possible.

If you take care of yourself as mentioned in an earlier blog, you can hopefully push back long-term care needs well into your senior years.

Whether you will need long-term care or not, there is no doubt however, that long-term care is expensive. Has this been factored into your overall financial plan?

You may want to consider purchasing long-term care insurance while you are still working. This insurance can provide coverage if you become unable to care for yourself and need assistance either in your own home or a care facility following an accident or illness.

When I finished paying for my long-term care insurance, I felt great about having that peace of mind should I ever need it.

Talk to your financial planner or your insurance provider to see if long-term care insurance is right for you.

What can you do now to increase your level of health to stay as healthy as possible for as long as possible?

Handle your retirement like a boss

You’ve handled your career like a boss….so why not handle retirement like one too?!

You’re a powerful professional woman, and the end of your 9 to 5 days are finally in sight or just a few short years away.

Bring on more time with friends, more time with grandkids and finally writing that novel you’ve had in your head since you were 35.

Retirement, even if it’s still a few short years away for you, is the next step on your journey.

It can instill positive thoughts of relaxation AND some serious feelings of anxiety and uncertainty.

That’s why I’m here. To give you the retirement reality check you need to help you conquer the emotional side of this incredible life transition.

My transformational program, Power UP Your Retirement, will:

  • Generate a deeper understanding of what’s important to you
  • Help you gain clarity on what you really want out of retirement
  • Allow you to schedule time to focus on you and your desires
  • Empower you to develop a ready-to-implement action plan and so much more.

It all comes in an amazing package that includes a high-quality video training series, group coaching, online community and other educational resources focused on helping professional women like you transition into a successful retirement.

Your plan will help you smoothly transition from working full-time to leading a fulfilling and purposeful life on your own terms.

Register today and and get full access to our private group mastermind experience for one year and get access to 12 online retirement planning modules, expert videos, private online community, and a life-changing monthly live group coaching session.

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Ten Tips To Stay Sharp at Any Age

Stay sharp by exercising the muscle that is your brain!

Aging does not necessitate mental decline. Research supports that people who continue to prioritize intellectual stimulation increase their chances of avoiding degenerative diseases like dementia.

Here are some tips for keeping your mind sharp at any age!

  • When you’re tempted to reach for the calculator -try doing the math in your head
  • Stay mentally stimulated through a good book or through book club debates
  • Stretch your mind through games and word puzzles
  • Stay socially active – find ways to be plugged into your community
  • Learn something new by trying something you’ve never done before
  • Engage in a program, course or class
  • Plan engaging outings with friends to galleries or theaters etc.
  • Find a place you can put your gifts to work by volunteering
  • Build regular exercise into your routine
  • Plan and cook healthy meals and eat at regular intervals during the day

Leave a comment with YOUR favourite activities for keeping sharp!

Sign up now for our online program Power UP Your Retirement Lifestyle! You deserve the best transition into retirement possible!

#intellectualstimulation #exercise #sociallyactive #volunteering

How to Cope with Identity Crisis in Retirement

If your career has become something that you identify with very strongly, then you may face the very real challenge of identity-crisis in retirement.

You may have built up, over the years, a position of power and respect in your vocation or place of work – perhaps you even received public attention for your achievements. If so, moving into retirement may feel like a big letting go of something that defines you. These are big feelings that are valid and important to talk about.

Here are two points of action to get you started in preparing for that transition.

  • Reflect upon your journey – where you started, compared to where you are now. Perhaps you want to write out the story, or tell it to a loved one. Be proud of your journey and notice how it transformed you.
  • Moving forward – consider which aspects of your life’s-work you would like to carry with you into the next phase of your journey, and which aspects you feel content to leave behind. Brainstorm outlets for the aspects you want to carry with you into the next phase. Perhaps you want to organize events in your local community, or volunteer for a non-profit organization, do aid-work abroad, or coach young people in your field of expertise.

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Amazing mental health benefits from forest bathing

In with the old…growth?

You may have heard of “forest bathing”, based on the Japanese concept “shinrin-yoku”, which literally translates to “forest bath”.

Essentially, it’s meditation amongst the trees.

Many of us grew up going on long walks through the forest.

But with the majority of the world’s population now living in cities, people are spending less time in nature and more time surrounded by concrete. Because of this, people are recognizing and searching for the amazing mental health benefits of a walk in the woods.

Even walking barefoot in your lawn helps you feel more connected to Mother Earth and decreases stress levels.

As you slow down towards your retirement… here are four things that distinguish forest bathing from a hike.

  • Forest bathing is not hiking – it’s not got a designated route, nor does it have a time-limit. It’s more about paying attention to sound and touch as you meander wherever you feel.
  • It can be done alone or in groups.
  • It can spark creativity and problem solving. By tapping into all your senses you can relate to your life from refreshed perspectives.
  • It helps you be well! Extensive studies show that being surrounded by trees reduces blood pressure, increases energy, and boosts your mood.

Now that you know, why not lead a friend on a “shinrin-yoku”?

If you’re searching for more ways to work through the retirement transition and more tools to decrease stress and enjoy life, join my retirement program Power Up Your Retirement! It provides a high-quality video training series, group coaching, an on-line community and other educational resources focused on helping women transition into a successful retirement.

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Families that evolve together, thrive together

Families that evolve together, thrive together!

Is your time with your grandkids strained because of your relationship with your child or stepchild?

Having ups and downs with children is one of the most natural parts of being human.

Of course, there is no easy fix to this. It’s as complex as a problem gets.

However, here are three things that can take you from stress-work to teamwork:

  • Establish boundaries around what the kids eat while they’re at grandma’s house (increasing collaboration on the food front may make you a better parent-grandparent team).
  • Check in with your daughter or son to ask what you can do to be especially supportive of their parenting goals (seeing that you acknowledge that they’re in the lead may encourage your child to see you as an ally).
  • Have a conversation about some of the fears you had when you became a parent (seeing you as vulnerable and willing to share might help them understand you more deeply).


Five perks of downsizing in retirement

There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to whether or not to downsize to a smaller home in retirement. Each person’s situation is unique, and each person must weigh the pros and cons of their own situation.

If you have concluded that selling the big family home and downsizing is the right path for you, then here are some perks you can look forward to!


The affordability and lower maintenance of smaller living may free up money for you to travel or be more spontaneous about trips and visits.


Being forced to edit your belongings is hard work, but when your home contains only the things you love and all of them have their place, you’ll know it was worth the effort. (See Marie Kondo for inspiration on how to get started!)


With less space to clean, maintain and keep organized, you’ll free up so much time and be able to spend it with the people you love.

Drive Less

Maybe it’s time to get out of the suburbs or countryside where you had your family home, and start living it up downtown or in the heart of a community! You’ll be able to walk or bike wherever you need to go!

Lifestyle Flexibility

There are so many options: downtown for ease of mobility, close to nature for a meditative lifestyle, or why not try moving south for the winter! Selling your family home means you’ve got a blank slate to start dreaming on.

Downsizing in retirement is about making choices that reduce stress and increase joy!

Which one of these five would be YOUR favourite perk?

Celebrating 10 years in business

Join me in celebrating!

This year marks 10 years for me as owner and principal of Redworks Communications and Coaching.

Applying my 20+ years of communication experience doing strategic communications, planning and public relations, media coaching, facilitation, and training in the Saskatchewan market to support my clients through Redworks, has been an extremely gratifying process.

In the past 10 years, it has also been a privilege to see how coaching has helped to support clients improve their thinking, gain clarity, and create positive and powerful changes to achieve their greatest potential.

As a certified Results Coach and accredited professional coach, I have had the honour of coaching not only individuals, but also teams – to improve their group performance and achieve corporate goals with measurable results.

I specialize in helping my clients change their thinking to create positive and powerful changes and achieve their greatest potential in both their personal and professional lives. I also support individuals and teams to increase trust by having better conversations using Conversational Intelligence™ frameworks and tools.

With a background in adult education and a passion for helping people live their extraordinary lives, I offer various group-coaching programs in planning for your retirement lifestyle; succession planning; the inner game: shifting a pervasive limiting belief; mid-life career change; life balance; stress management and self-care; change and transition; and creating the life you want.

Please send me a message today to find out how I can be of service to you!

Loving your physical space

One of the exciting things that happens while we approach retirement is being able to notice the places that we’ve neglected in our home while being so busy.

No – not the dust bunnies!

I mean that place on the wall where you’d like to hang a cherished photo.

That corner where you have dreamed of putting a beautifully potted jade plant.

The top of the dresser where you’ve always thought your shell collection would look nice.

De-clutter your garage or that spare bedroom so you can set up your easel.

Or the front step where you imagine getting some tile put in.

The time around your retirement is that time to start reinserting bits of joy into the physical spaces around your home.

What do you have in mind to spruce up your physical space?

You’re worth it. Enjoy!

#declutter #yourphysicalspace #joy