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Retirement Rebels: Rosemary Bointon

Retirement Rebels: Rosemary Bointon

Recently, I’ve been meeting some amazing people from the over-50s blogging community and having some inspiring conversations on social media. That’s how I discovered Rosemary Bointon, who tweets as Superaging Adventure and blogs as Long Life Fun Life.With names like...

Positivity and its live-changing effects on your brain

Positivity and its live-changing effects on your brain

I have always thought that positivity was good for the brain. However, I was still taken aback when I read a recent article on the CNN website, titled Negative thinking linked to dementia in later life. This didn’t just confirm for me what I knew, but reinforced it...

Can I ask for your opinion about retirement?

Can I ask for your opinion about retirement?

Do you know what your "retirement type" is? Or what type of retirement is right for you, and when – or if – it should happen? Here at Retirement Rebellion, we are in the final stages of releasing a retirement quiz that will help you answer some of these important...

Retirement Rebels: John Rick

Retirement Rebels: John Rick

It’s time for me to introduce a new Retirement Rebel to you. He’s the latest in my series of interviews with rebels I’ve met along the way. And this one, I”ve known for a particularly long time! My ‘rebels’ all answer the same quick-fire questions, and we’re getting...

Mindset Masters: Ken Robinson

Mindset Masters: Ken Robinson

I’m very excited to introduce the next instalment of my blog series Mindset Masters. This month, I’ve been exploring the work of Ken Robinson, who many of you may know already. Robinson is a British author, speaker and international advisor on education to government,...

Loneliness – One of the many hazards of retirement

Loneliness – One of the many hazards of retirement

Loneliness: One of the many hazards of retirement I recently read a fascinating article in The Economist, called ‘All the lonely people’. It was actually a review of two books that once again opened the debate on the difference between solitude and loneliness, a theme...

Another chance to join my retirement masterclass

Another chance to join my retirement masterclass

Did you watch my Retirement Rebellion Masterclass last month? I had a great turnout and I hope if you attended that you enjoyed it as much as I did. The time won’t have suited everyone so I’m excited to announce that my retirement masterclass is now available for you...

Retirement Rebels: Ceri Wheeldon

Retirement Rebels: Ceri Wheeldon

I’m very excited to introduce my next Retirement Rebel to you. She’s the latest in my series of interviews with trailblazing individuals, who champion positive ageing, I’ve met on my Retirement Rebellion journey. And like Sigrid and Shayne from my previous blogs, she...

Mindset Masters: Eckhart Tolle

Mindset Masters: Eckhart Tolle

I’m delighted to introduce the next instalment of my blog series Mindset Masters. This month, I’ve been delving into the work of one of my favourite authors, Eckhart Tolle, who many of you may know already. Tolle is a German-born resident of Canada and a celebrated...

Introducing the Retirement Rebellion Masterclass

Introducing the Retirement Rebellion Masterclass

Reaching retirement is a celebration of a new chapter and a chance to embrace a new life that work would never allow. So why do so many people feel disconnected, disheartened, and disoriented by retirement? In these uncertain and often worrying times, I’m delighted to...

Retirement Rebels: Shayne Brodie

Retirement Rebels: Shayne Brodie

The latest in my series of interviews with ‘Retirement Rebels’ features Shayne Brodie, an Instagram influencer, a.k.a. ‘Ms Silver Linings’ who advocates style at any age and is known for what she calls her ‘silver disobedience’.  She’s also a model with Colours Agency...

Mindset Masters: Brene Brown

Mindset Masters: Brene Brown

It’s time for another instalment of my blog series Mindset Masters. I hope you’ve been enjoying the series so far. This month, I’m looking at Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. Brené...

Why are some people ashamed of being retired?

Why are some people ashamed of being retired?

Last summer, when things were ‘normal’ (before COVID-19 that is), I read an interesting article on the BBC website, called ‘Why we lie about being retired’. It was about shame, and more precisely, about the growing number of people who felt a sense of shame about...

Retirement Rebels: Malcolm McDonald

Retirement Rebels: Malcolm McDonald

It’s that time of the month when we have our regular catch-up with a Retirement Rebel. These inspiring individuals are people I’ve met on my journey and they’ve all chosen not to follow the herd in later life. I ask these rebels the same quick fire questions, and...

How we deal with lockdown can help us in retirement

How we deal with lockdown can help us in retirement

If you’ve been following my blogs, you’ll know that every month I like to bring you a new podcast. Well, this month that won’t be happening because, unfortunately, and like many of us, I’ve been in quarantine. I started suffering from symptoms of COVID-19 about two...

An appearance on the Standard Life ‘MoneyPlus’ site

An appearance on the Standard Life ‘MoneyPlus’ site

I’m always delighted when I’m asked to give my perspective on retirement, especially when it’s by a pension company as large as Standard Life. Their MoneyPlus blog provides tips and guidance for an important part of retirement: your life savings.  Standard Life have...

Retirement Rebels: Sigrid Macdonald

Retirement Rebels: Sigrid Macdonald

I’m delighted to be able to introduce my next Retirement Rebel to you. She’s the third in my series of interviews with trailblazing individuals I’ve met on my Retirement Rebellion journey. And like John and Bob from my previous blogs, she is certainly not following...

Mindset Masters: Dr Joe Dispenza

Mindset Masters: Dr Joe Dispenza

I’m excited that it’s time for the third instalment of my blog series Mindset Masters. I hope you’ve been enjoying the series so far: it’s a pleasure to share with you the books that have inspired me most as a ‘Retirement Rebel’. In this blog, I’m exploring Dr Joe...

Why is retirement bad for your health?

Why is retirement bad for your health?

Research from the Institute of Economic Affairs suggests that retirement may initially benefit health – by reducing stress and creating time for other activities, but adverse effects increase as retirement goes on. It found retirement increases the chances of...

Introducing Spirit of Gratitude: Crises are Opportunities

Introducing Spirit of Gratitude: Crises are Opportunities

Until now, books about mindset and gratitude have focused on Millennials and Generation X, early adopters of the emotional wellness movement.  In this blog post, I’m going to tell you about my new book, one that bucks this trend, focusing on baby-boomers who have...

Retirement Rebels: John K Bleimaier

Retirement Rebels: John K Bleimaier

Welcome to the second instalment in my new, monthly ‘Retirement Rebels’ series, quick-fire interviews with inspiring personalities I’ve met on my journey. What they all have in common is the fact that in later life, they’ve all found their purpose and taken steps...

Mindset Masters: Bruce Lipton

Mindset Masters: Bruce Lipton

Welcome to the second instalment of my new blog series Mindset Masters. In this series I’m exploring some of the authors that have inspired me most on my journey to being a ‘retirement rebel’ – challenging the way we live our lives after the age of 50. Last month, I...

Retirement Rebels: Bob Hall

Retirement Rebels: Bob Hall

Welcome to my brand-new, monthly Retirement Rebels series: quick-fire interviews with some of the fascinating people I’ve met on my journey. They have one thing in common: the fact that in later life, they’ve all chosen not to take the well-trodden path, and instead...

Mindset Masters: James Allen

Mindset Masters: James Allen

Welcome to a new blog series that explores some of my favourite authors, and the books they’ve written that inspire my work as a ‘retirement rebel’ – challenging the way we live our lives after the age of 50. Kicking off this new series is James Allen, a British...

Three fundamental ways our lives change in retirement

Three fundamental ways our lives change in retirement

Three fundamental ways our lives change in retirement “What is true in the morning of life is a lie in the afternoon of life”, said Carl Jung, the eminent Swiss psychologist and psychoanalyst of the 20th century. This quote rings especially true when you’re thinking...

My American Dream

My American Dream

In May 1985, I travelled to New York with my wife Talyn in what was to become my eight-year odyssey in America. I started my first business with my brother Chris, which was a furniture importing company with distribution across interior design showrooms in...

The Gift of a Bone Tumor

The Gift of a Bone Tumor

In January 2007, three separate events collided to create a perfect storm in my life. First, my wife and I had sold our home, and we were in the process of packing to move to a rental. Second, my wife received news that her father had suffered a stroke and...

Decision to Litigate

Decision to Litigate

In April 2007, while I was recuperating from my surgery, my brother-in-law approached me to help him sort of out his father’s estate. Back in 2002, their pharmaceutical business had gone into administration (UK version of Chapter 11 in the US) due to cash...

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