A brief summary of my history
My Younger Years:
I grew up in an era that if you worked hard you did OK. People then were rewarded for their loyalty to an employer and you could move up in your industry being gauged on your good work ethic and integrity.
I dropped out of school after Grade 10 and went to work on drilling rigs in Canada. Met a girl, got married, had a couple of kids and gave my all to my work. That marriage went to heck in a hurry. After 15 years in the oilfield, with the oil slump in the early 80s I decided a change was in order.
Having up and moved to another province, an area with lovely weather, beaches etc, I went to work for a large international home service franchise and basically punched a clock for a number of years, getting by but not making a lot of income. This I call my “Party years” and had a lot of fun but did not move ahead financially very well.
I met my soul-mate and settled down. While raising my son, I returned to school and received my Grade 12 diploma. Signed up for college and studied Electronic Engineering Technology. I recruited from college back into the oilfield and made an above average salary in Canada and then internationally. I worked in Venezuela, Mexico, Kuwait, Iraq, UAE, and Saudi Arabia. This really opened my eyes to other races and cultures and started the “Travel Bug” within me.
A New Chapter Opens:
Alas, once I turned 60, job offers, once numerous, dwindled. It seems age can disqualify a person regardless of your skill level or physical condition. I did manage to save for retirement but not as much as I should have.
Now that I have the time, I am pursuing other avenues to spend my days and still do the traveling I love. Hence, this website. It keeps me busy, enables me to connect with others in similar retirement situations. Sharing possible ideas for economical retirement with others and in turn receiving ideas from others benefits all of us.
Being a true Libran (astrologically), I have always been able to emphasize with people I meet, listen to their life stories and offer pretty good advice.
For myself, on the other hand, I have tended to go with feelings more than reason and sensibility. That didn’t always work out too good!
In this day and age, ethics and integrity seems to be less and less important to people and especially to employers, companies and public/government departments.
I feel I can make a difference to this trend and plan on giving good free advice to those interested.
My main goal hosting this site:
To provide safe, solid information for others that have recently retired or are facing retirement soon, and to stretch your savings and have a more rewarding senior life.
To provide a simple tool for realizing opportunities that many retirees can utilize, depending on their physical and financial situations.
The best advice you can get is from others that are retired and are enjoying their retirements in ways you may not of imagined yourself. The blog section is for all comments that visitors have regarding their choices or ideas. The more input the better.
This site is designed to help you choose your path.
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,