I have not posted any new material under the resources tab for some time! There are legitimate reasons for this; from repurposing the direction my platform is headed, to leaving my long term job, moving from Canada to Thailand, to time spent taking pictures in Southeast Asia and more! There, I am now absolved of all guilt!
Just in case, a few more details below.
Initially this website was set up for my book, The Un-Retirement GuideTM which still has its own page, as it’s the foundation of The Path Through the Woods Program, and descriptions of both can be found under the Offerings tab.
The Path Through the Woods Program contains 4 pillars to consider for our 3rd Age and these are; Life Plan, Health and Wellness, Age Discrimination and Managing Change. The concept of a 3rd Age is central to The Path Through the Woods Program.
The Un-Retirement GuideTM was written for Boomers (born 1946 to 1964), with 3rd Age occurring between 55 and 75, more or less.
A Life Plan can be developed anytime in third age (and you may have a plan already), whether you are working or not.You don’t have to leave the country or do anything spectacular, although these options are open! There is no set path to follow, with the aim to maximize our 3rd Age.
What follows is a brief rundown on my Life Plan and actions taken.
I began creating my Life Plan in 2011 when I started researching and writing, The Un-Retirement GuideTM. It was published in 2015 and I left my full time job in 2018.
A big change for me involved moving from Canada to Thailand April 1, 2018. I had previously visited Thailand 5 times for my annual vacations since 2010 and performed recon on the suitability of living there.
Each of my trips overseas also made me realize what a great country Canada is, if you can afford to live there and endure the winters.
My Life Plan also included building this business on the side, which is closer to my heart than my professional career was. The intent was that it give me continued purpose after leaving my long term job and optimally, generate another stream of income. To allow for my interest in traveling, I would take advantage of leveraging high speed internet, to work from a virtual office, targeting a country with lower costs, but acceptable standard of living. Another piece to fit is avoiding the Canadian winter. Before I could leave Canada there were many things to do, in preparation.
Life Planning requires stepping back and taking stock of where you are at today. From there you can add in strategies and actions to take greater control of the direction you want to go.
Taking action is often the only way you will get true feedback that will move you forward.
Uncertainty and change are bedfellows.
Downsizing my stuff into a 5 by 14 foot storage unit, giving up my residence and detaching from my network of friends, family, service providers and others was undertaken. This was followed by moving to a new community in a foreign country where I am not fluent in the language, bereft of my possessions! It does help though, having some friends in Thailand and Google Translate!
All of the above was accompanied with an undercurrent of emotions, some pleasant and others of a darker variety. There were also numerous naysayers with questions like; is it safe over there?, do you have enough money?, won’t you miss everybody here?, when will you come back?, what if you get sick?, are you sure you want to give up your job? I appreciated their concerns and heeded their advice where warranted. It’s also a good idea to be careful who you share your dreams with!
I had a feeling in my gut, leaving was the right choice to make, combined with a certain amount of analysis!
There were (and continue to be) many decisions to make regarding; health insurance and staying healthy, visa requirements, managing money internationally, residency and numerous others aspects of the steep learning curve I had undertaken.
I’m fairly well versed now in these matters and may share more later.
I continue to revise my Life Plan, as life happens when your executing your Plan!