Category Archives: transitioning

6 Strategies to Manage Required Minimum Distributions (RMD)… For Americans

https://www.newretirement.com/retirement/rmd-minimize-required-minimum-distributions-rmd/?nr_a=symph&nr_placement=symph&nr_medium=email&nr_creative=Blog_2018_05a&nr_campaign=BlogDigest&nr_keyword=2018_05_04&utm_medium=email&utm_source=symph&utm_content=BlogDigest2018_05A&utm_campaign=BlogDigest

Does anyone know of strategies for Canadians?

Katherine Switzer, 71 runs the London Marathon

https://mobile.twitter.com/BBC100women/status/987665961741373440/video/1

Katherine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon about to run the London Marathon at 71. I am inspired p.  The 10 k Sun Run today and reminds me that I did it many years ago and that I owe a debt to Katherine Switzer. I needed to get off the sofa and do my 10,000 steps in her honor today.  

The corruption of evidence-based medicine – Diet Doctor

http://blog.oxfordseminars.ca/our-grad-talks-about-tattooing-and-teaching-english-in-china/
For anyone thinking about a new career teaching English as a second language with low barriers to entry and opportunities for travel, this article tells you how to do it.

 

Many Americans Try Retirement, Then Change Their Minds – The New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/30/health/unretirement-work-seniors.html?smid=tw-nythealth&smtyp=cur

While trying to illustrate the post I searched for images in creative commons.  I found three photos of people with grey hair who appeared in a work type setting out of the millions of images available.  A shortage of visual representation in the media?  Just a bit.

Thoughts on Gratitude, Donuts and The Art of Asking –

Another thoughtful post from Smart Living on asking for what you want and being  persistent in asking.  As someone else has said, if you ask and you don’t get, you are just asking the wrong person.

https://www.smartliving365.com/thoughts-on-gratitude-donuts-and-the-art-of-asking/

What I’m doing in Retirement

Ok so it took me all morning to write this.  So that is one of the things I am doing in retirement but I am trying to stay away from the computer as much as possible.  The weather has been so cold and rainy this spring in Vancouver I regret not going to Costa Rica where my brother has been spending the winter. I kept thinking it would warm up soon and it did not. I had a two week March break from my teaching gig and so I tried to make the most of it with some local mini adventures. For me an adventure often involves meeting new people. So, I have met quite a few interesting new people over the past week. The first group of people I met were at the Meet-Up Group for Women 55+. There are four of these groups in Vancouver who meet at different locations. I was delighted to meet a retired Richmond school French teacher who was originally from Quebec City so we had several points on intersection as I learned French as a child, am now teaching English as a second language and I also lived in Montreal. Another woman I met was a retired surgeon. When there was a pause in the conversation, I threw out the question “ are all very well established women in Vancouver who have lived and worked here for many years.. why are we all now having to seek out friends through a Meetup Group?” Well that launched a lively conversation. Some of the comments were around the lack of time to socialize when working. IMG_4144

The second francophone I met this week was at one of the French language Meetups and she was from Oromocto New Brunswick. Since I grew up in Saint John we had a lot in common and we had both worked in Ottawa. I talked to here about my conflict between wanting to work at my teaching gig and go south to Costa Rica or Mexico. She remined me that I have a sense of adventure that I have not been tapping into that staffing of the teaching job is not my responsibility! I felt so inspired after talking to her. I also had long interesting chats in the French language Meetup with a young man from Spain who kept try to switch me to speaking Spanish and an older man who told me about his experience work in one of the “stans” in Central Asia. I began to wonder if my tribe is the Francophone tribe in Vancouver.

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The third Meetup I did was the Sketching Group who met at the Vancouver Art Gallery. I once again encountered another charming person, this time a young lady from Vancouver who is living in Halifax. She was in town to complete her book of sketches of Vancouver which is a follow up to her book of sketches of Halifax. We chatted at length on the culture of Vancouver vs Halifax. Then we set to work to do some sketching around the Gallery.

Then yesterday I went to a move at the Vancouver International Film Festival Theater which I think is the new “go to” place for seniors in Vancouver. The gentleman who plonked himself down beside me was very well informed about the arts and fashion community as I discovered at the end of the movie about a Belgian fashion designer Dires. I also went to another movie at the Film Festival this week called “C’est La vie” which is the funniest movie I have seen ages.

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The only downside to the week was a yoga class I went to that was Level 2. I hadn’t read the fine print in the class description. $ 14 for the class and $ 5.00 for parking made this an expensive mistake. I managed a few walks but am still wearing my down parka and toque and I see many others dressed the same way. So I will add a few photos of my walks around Vancouver. The cherry trees are starting to blossom, but my cherry tree pics are from last year.

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