The Path Through the Woods Program

What’s New and Exciting Here?

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; Lifestyle Path, 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 Lifestyle Path can be developed anytime in third age, 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 Lifestyle Path and actions taken.

I began creating my 3rd Age, Lifestyle Path in 2011 when I started researching and writing, The Un-Retirement GuideTM. It was published in 2015 and I graduated (retired) in 2018.

A big part of my lifestyle changes involved moving from Canada to Thailand, flying there April 1, 2018. I had 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 Lifestyle Path and actions included building this business on the side, which is closer to my heart than my professional career as a Rehabilitation Counsellor.The intent that it give me continued purpose after retiring 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, from October to March. Before I could leave Canada there were many things to do, in preparation.

Planning for your Lifestyle Path requires stepping back and taking stock of where you are at today. From there you can add in strategies and actions to build your Lifestyle Path.

Taking action is often the only way you will get true feedback as to which is the right path and when and where to pivot. 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 don’t speak the language, bereft of my possessions! It did help though, being with my multi-lingual Thai partner Ning.

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, but is 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 on this, if requested.

I continue to revise my Lifestyle Path and make and manage changes, where necessary.

I am presently leading a small group of Thai women in Hatha yoga and considering running; The Path Through the Woods Program to other foreigners like myself, here in Thailand. 

Stay tuned,

Brian