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August 14, 2014

August Newsletter – Our New Book Coming Soon!

Preparing for retirement. How many of us have done it? A new study says that 20% of workers in the U.S. have zero savings for retirement. Another study shows only 25% are prepared financially. Many more haven’t thought about their next chapter of life or are worried about what it will mean for them. It’s not just financial.

Our new book opens up so many possibilities for Baby Boomers and even those who have already retired. You may live another third of your life! How do you want to live it? Can you envision it? This book – Revolutionary Retirement: What’s Next for YOU? – will help on the issues mentioned above and more. Issues like what will I do with my time, how can I keep working in a satisfying way, make my money last, work things out at home with my spouse or with my kids or parents living there. How can I leave a legacy, be creative, enjoy life.

It’s all there, with exercises, stories, lots of research and interviews, and a great appendix of resources. Why? To help anyone approaching “retirement” to plan and design their own vibrant next chapter of life.

Stay tuned for the launch!

July 18, 2014

July Newsletter – Passionate Volunteering

We talk in our upcoming book, Revolutionary Retirement, about the things you might want to do in your next chapter of life that relate to your passions.  And for over 1600 volunteers who came together in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for a long weekend in July to mentor and assist 150 folk artists from over 62 countries for the International Folk Art Market, the Boomers are out in force following their passions!  Many served in the State Department or Peace Corp, while others are teachers, lawyers, executives, communications, retailing and marketing specialists, and collectors of folk art from around the world.  Many have volunteered year after year at the market.These Boomers, making up over 70 percent of the market volunteers, have a passion for giving back, and for helping the folk artists reach economic sustainability. We Reboot Partners have been active in the Mentor to Market program from its inception, this year mentoring over 60 folk artists new to the Market. In a two-day training session, we taught artists marketing, selling, display, telling their story, how to photograph their art with a smartphone, and how to cost and price their goods.

The mentors included former CEO’s, a prominent journalist, business men and women, and others from all walks of life. All were Boomers in some stage of retirement, who wanted to leverage their skills and contacts to help these folk artists. Over half the volunteers came from out of town.  The positive energy on all sides was palpable.

Go to www.folkartmarket.org to get a glimpse of what happens in two and a half days at the Market that resulted in total artist sales of over $3 million, 90% of which goes back with the artists to help in their communities.

HOW TO MATCH YOUR PASSIONS TO GIVING BACK  

  • Research events, non-profits, issues, organizations, and people that you want to be associated with…not just locally, but nationally or internationally that reflect your passions
  • Volunteer to help with a project, event, or short-term plan to test out if you like it
  • Create your own alliance, effort, or event if the passion is not being served
  • Learn from others what works and how your skills and contacts can be leveraged

Join us for one of our last two 2014 Reboot Your Life Retreats in Sag Harbor on August 15-17 or Cape Cod (Orleans) on October 10-12 to explore your passions and find ways to follow them!

July 1, 2014

Part-time Retirement – The Atlantic

In preparation for our new book on retirement coming out this fall, we continue to find more and more fascinating ways that individuals and companies are re-creating retirement.

This article in The Atlantic focuses on the wisdom of part-time retirement, specifically a program at the National Institutes of Health that allows older employees to stay on at 20 hours per week, retaining their expertise and providing a gentle on-ramp to long, costly retirements.

“The biggest piece is that we get to retain talent that would otherwise be leaving,” says Philip Lenowitz, the agency’s former deputy director of the Office of Human Resources, who also participates in the part-time retiree work program. The program also allows NIH workers to ease into retirement. “It’s a way to find out how to transition from not putting on a suit and tie every day,” Lenowitz adds.

Read the full article here.

 

 

 

June 21, 2014

June Newsletter – Small Risks

It’s finally summer!  The time of travel, expansion, growth, and experimentation.  Longer days offer more hours in the day for you…and extra time to start trying new things.

Sometimes getting out of your comfort zone can be frightening.  With that in mind, one of the most successful exercises we do at our Reboot Your Life workshops and retreats is called “Five Small Risks.”  It’s a way to challenge yourself in a non-stressful way.  Making change in your life doesn’t necessarily require a whole overhaul of your job and relationships – the beginning stirrings of change just require that you take a few manageable risks that bring in new interest and energy.  What we’ve seen is that other new ideas almost always immediately follow from these small, purposeful actions.

FIVE SMALL RISKS

  • Decide 5 New Foods You Will Try in a Restaurant or Cook at Home 
  • Go to 5 Movies You Might Never Have Considered 
  • Take 5 Different Routes to a Destination and Explore the Areas 
  • Try 5 New Forms of Exercise or Movement 
  • Plan 5 Different Exploratory Weekend Trips 
  • Call 5 New/Old Friends and Plan Something with Them 
  • Make up Your Own 5 Things….. 

Pick one category and do one of the five things each month until you have done them all.  Schedule it into your calendar.

Let us know what small risks you’re going to try this month!  You can post your ideas and plans on our Facebook or LinkedIn pages, or tweet us @RebootBreak.  We would love to track the effects of your new actions this summer – we know they will be meaningful!

April 30, 2014

Brooklyn 2014 Reboot Your Life Retreat ~ Authenticity

“The retreat provided connection, community, tools, and a plan.”

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“At the retreat, I found self discovery, exploration, insight, ideas from others, great people, developing relationships, fun, laughter and learning. It was an amazing and joyful experience.”

 “The single biggest way to move forward in life is to envision change in a supportive atmosphere—and that is the substance of the Reboot Your Life Retreat.”

 “The workshop exceeded my expectations! The four Reboot Partners have such great synchronicity. I’ve attended other workshops, and this one is truly one of the best. Great teachings, great interactive exercises, great direction. Thank you.”

Those are but a few of the quotes from participants after the April 2014 Reboot Your Life Retreat in Brooklyn, NY. This was an outstanding group of women and men who nurtured each other from when we sat down for introductions on Friday afternoon to when we parted after lunch on Sunday. There was so much sharing and caring all around as everyone contemplated and began to plan their next chapter. Hard work too, as we went through the content of the sessions and workbook.

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Some participants were planning a Reboot Break from work or a reinvention. Others were in a pre-retirement designing phase. Despite that and an age diversity, the issues were similar – as we always find at these Retreats – so the group was exploring and discovering together.

Every Retreat group has its own personality, and a theme emerges. The theme of this retreat turned out to be authenticity.  Everyone came to realize that they want to be their authentic selves in their professional and personal lives, and especially going forward in designing and living their next chapter. There’s a freedom in that.

BK2014TablePic2The setting was lovely at Rita’s Brooklyn brownstone home. Rain was predicted but we had sunshine and even spent some time in the garden.

We had fun too. One member is a singer, and we had an impromptu dance party in Rita’s kitchen one night to the sounds of his CD. Another member shared his cooking skills, with great roast chicken, fennel salad, roasted potatoes, and cake. In fact, all the meals were healthy and excellent. Watch for recipes on our blog soon!

Everyone said their expectations for the Retreat had been met or exceeded. Certainly strong bonds were formed, and there were “aha” moments and new personal plans made. We Reboot Partners were thrilled with the whole enterprise and can’t wait for the next 2014 Retreats in Sag Harbor August 15-17 and Cape Cod October 10-12. Join us!!