I love travel, mainly long haul and for several weeks. But this last weekend has made me appreciate the value of a short break.
I am a fan of Meet Up Groups and TravelTogetherUK had a trip organised to Kiev and Chernobyl. No hesitation; count me in!
A man I was dating at the time thought it would be enough to watch a TV programme, but I want to experience life, not be an observer.
What was great about this group trip compared to commercial companies like Exodus was that we had a WhatsApp group created so we were chatting in advance and it made it easy to find and coordinate our activities whilst away.
R.I.P. Mark David Hollis (4 January 1955 February 25, 2019)
I regularly talk with my clients considering retirement about their bucket list the list of things that they want to do some day, often holidays but also experiences.
There is also the reverse bucket list. The list of all the things that you have already done.
It does not have to be big things, it can be small things too.
To create your own reverse bucket list, look back over your life and answer these questions:
I have been on a mission to get rid of stuff. Downsizing saw me get rid of many possessions, and I am regularly looking at things clothes, books, and thinking it is time to pass these on. I read a great article – 46 Ways to Give Experiences Instead of Stuff This Year (Even Last Minute)
In the run up to Christmas, people have been buying many gifts for their children and getting ready to swap gifts. But we mainly end up with things we do not want. I love how this article asks us to consider experiences rather than things.
Do you have something that you loved to do when younger, but somehow life took over.
Now is the perfect age to rediscover a lost passion.
I’ve always loved music. I moved to London at 16 and was out at gigs almost every night, watching live music at bigger venues (Marquee Club (where I lost my hearing for 2 days listening to the Groundhogs play standing next to the speaker stack) and Hammersmith Odeon) but also at the pubs, following one particular band Scarecrow and going to my local pub Windsor Castle in Maida Vale regularly too.
But you move on.
You stay in more.
There is work, and family commitments.
Our 50s can be the time many will rethink their career. With children left home, mortgage paid off and possibly the end of a marriage this is a time when some want to start a second act.
Moving home and looking on my book shelves I have several books on the topic of having a second act.
Massive because millions sign up for these, world-wide
Open because most are free, and you dont have to have specific qualifications to sign up (although sometimes a particular background is recommended).
Online and available on the web via your phone as well as on your computer.
Good news, I have lost 4 pounds this week through measurement of food and so brisk walking.
I refer to MyFitnessPal – a free app you can use to log food and activity.