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September 17, 2015

Santa Fe Retreat 2015 – Creating a Tribe

“The weather was beautiful, the setting stunning and conducive to sharing, and the food – fabulous!” 

Santa Fe 2015 4…so said the seven attendees at the Santa Fe Reboot Your Life Retreat who met last month, and who have since dubbed themselves The Reboot Tribe.  In an amazingly quick fashion, these retreat attendees bonded and began giving each other excellent insights and advice, starting on the very first night.

“Having the retreats in your homes and personally cooking for us the gourmet meals made us feel so nourished.”  

And that is what we hoped to accomplish.  These retreats are about creating an environment where attendees can focus on themselves…giving themselves the “gift of time” in a trusted and nourishing atmosphere, so that they can make break-throughs in how they want to “reinvent themselves” in their next chapters.  We had budding comedians, book writers, counselors, artists, corporate and nonprofit board members, teachers, and volunteers come out of this retreat.

Santa Fe 2015 3“The retreat has helped me to find my path forward, and given me the tools and follow-up to keep me accountable to those goals I established.  An amazing group of people I am so grateful to have entered my life.”  

Santa Fe 2015 1The Reboot Tribe already has a conference call set later this month to catch up and stay connected. This is what we Reboot Partners love to see and it feeds our souls to play a small part in making it happen.

We have one more retreat this year – October 16-18 in the beautiful Berkshires – right as the leaves are turning their most brilliant autumn colors.  It will be the perfect place to begin planning your own vibrant transition.  Join us.

July 18, 2014

July Newsletter – Passionate Volunteering

We talk in our upcoming book, The Retirement Boom, 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!

February 18, 2014

February Newsletter – Our First Reinventing Retirement Retreat

In January, we were thrilled to host our first entirely retirement-focused Reboot Your Life retreat in beautiful Santa Fe. We Reboot Partners came ready to use what we’ve learned over the last few years about what people want and how they plan for retirement, plus we wanted to use and test the content of our almost-completed new book on the subject.

Some people loved the idea of retiring fully from their career and relaxing, perhaps later taking up volunteering or other interests, while others wanted to leave their fulltime career for some new work.

With 78 million Baby Boomers and our independent streak, it is natural that we’ll have different visions, interpretations, lifestyles, and favored words.

Questions arose about whether “retirement” is even  the right term for this life change.  Someone said it’s a restorative phase of life. A return to finding parts of ourselves. A renewal. An evolution. Yes, a revolution.  We think we found the right words for us: Revolutionary Retirement, which is a new time and a new way that a generation is creating, each person in his or her own way.

We want to share with you some of our “retirement” tips, which are great for planning that new chapter – or any new chapter:

1) Have a Dream – Visualize an idea of what you ideally want to do and how you want to live after you leave your fulltime career. 

2) Plan – Start several years ahead if you can, and plan when you will start your new chapter and what changes you will be making to reinvent and live based on your dreams. This is more than financial.  

3) Know The Facts – Speak to your human resources department – the experts will help you understand what is available to you

3) Communicate – Involve your spouse or partner and other loved ones about your plans – include them

4) Focus On Your Health – As part of your dream and plan begin to build in exercise – stay fit and do everything possible to prevent chronic illness

5) Be Prepared – Recognize that some people may have a period of mourning or grieving after leaving a fulltime job/career – it can be an adjustment to leave behind that social network and being in demand. Put plans in place to be with others, to socialize and build a new community of support

6) Look Forward to the best third of your life!

We learned so much and are excited for the new book (June 2014) and the next retreats – catch us in Brooklyn April 25-27, Sag Harbor August 15-17, or Cape Cod October 10-12.  And tell all your friends to sign up early!

January 31, 2013

Retreat Recipes from Santa Fe 2013

 

We are happy to share the delicious recipes from our 2013 Santa Fe Retreat

 

Wild Rice Casserole

1 cup wild rice

4 cups water

1 pound Jimmy Dean country sausage (regular and hot)

1 can mushroom soup

1 small can mushroom pieces

1 T Worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup milk

Bring wild rice to boil and boil for 40 minutes. Drain rice. It should be partially open and soft. Sauté sausage until brown and drain grease. Add sausage, rice, mushroom soup, mushrooms and Worcestershire sauce together and blend. Put in casserole and just before baking, add milk. Bake at 350 for hour, covered. Serves 4.6. May be made the day before. Excellent for leftovers so I always double or triple the recipe and when I do, I use half hot and half regular sausage.

 

Poached Salmon

1 salmon filet (organic farm raised)

1 cup Kosher salt

Water

Grandma Kitty’s Hot Mustard

Put roasting pan on top of stove at high heat and put enough water to completely cover the salmon filet skin side down. Add cup of salt. Bring to a boil that is bubbly. Turn heat off and let salmon sit for 1/2 hour in the water and pan. Drain water and serve salmon warm or cold. Drizzle hot mustard on salmon while warm.

 

Grandma Kitty’s Hot Mustard

1 small can Coleman’s dry mustard

1 cup white vinegar

2 eggs

1 cup sugar

Mix mustard and vinegar the night before in plastic or glass bowl and let sit overnight on counter. Next morning, add sugar and 2 eggs, mixed with whisk. Cook on medium to low heat until thick like gravy. About 10-15 minutes. Store in covered glass container in the refrigerator.  Good for 3 months. Serve warm or cold. Great on roast beef, fish, ham and chicken.

 

Hot Cheese/Onion Fromage

1 cup chopped Vidalia onions

1 cup Hellman’s mayo

1 cup grated Swiss cheese

Mix all ingredients and put in buttered flat casserole. Sprinkle cayenne pepper on top. Bake for half hour at 350.  Serve with table crackers or sliced baguette.

 

Hot Artichoke Dip

1 cup Hellman’s mayo

1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

1 can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

1 small jar marinated artichokes, drained and chopped

Garlic salt to taste

Mix all the above ingredients and put in flat casserole. Bake at 350 for a half hour. Serve with table crackers.

 

Balsamic Fruit 

Wash, drain and mix blueberries and sliced strawberries

Drizzle with very good balsamic vinegar

Let sit at room temperature for an hour before serving over vanilla ice cream or pound cake or serve as is

 

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

Small red potatoes, cut in small quarters, about a pound

2 springs rosemary

Olive oil

Half stick of butter

Fresh ground pepper and coarse salt

Oil bottom of baking dish with olive oil. Toss potatoes in oil and add salt and pepper and rosemary. Add a little more oil and pats of butter on top. Bake at 400 for an hour, stirring once or twice. Serve hot.

January 31, 2013

Rich and Nurturing: Reboot Your Life 2013 Santa Fe Retreat

“I had no idea how much I needed this.  Incredibly powerful.”
~ Retreat participant

“The retreat helped me focus on what I want to do – and that I can do it.”
~ Retreat participant

“You have all managed to create a very special event through a combination of your experience, your willingness to share, the design and flow of the event and the wonderful location.  All in all it was a tremendous use of two days!
~ Retreat participant

The first Reboot Your Life Retreat of 2013 was held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where we have had so many fantastic retreats.  This one was no exception.  The weather was cool, but beautiful, and clear blue skies and starry nights prevailed.

It was one of our largest retreats ever, with a diverse and interesting group of people, hailing from all around the United States and from various professional fields…nonprofit and corporate.  We even had a Brit, whose humor was greatly enjoyed!

For the first time at a RYL retreat, we were able to incorporate material from research for the new book we are writing on pre-retirement planning.  It was good to give it a run with the participants, as several were at the perfect age to start designing their ideal “retirement” or “next chapter” years.  We all know that “retirement” is changing and people want to work longer and stay relevant, so there was much discussion about new opportunities.  Finances are a concern to many, and we did cover many ideas about “making your money last” and “investing in yourself” for a Reboot Break or life change.Everyone came seeking a plan about their next chapter.  Several were on a Reboot Break, some because of job loss or burnout.  A number were planning the final six months to two years in their current position, so they needed to work on exit strategies. The ages ranged from 40 to 68 and there were both men and women.

One of the participants is  head of Leadership and Talent Development  for a major Global corporation and convinced us all of the importance of being on LinkedIn to prove we are “relevant” and “technology proficient” to prospective clients, employers and boards.

The topic of “how to get on corporate boards” was also a hot topic and many good ideas came out in the conversation.

We urged people to be bold in their thinking and in their approach to the weekend.  What work is more appealing for the next life chapter?  What else would they envision doing?  What are the obstacles?

Ideas flew, and everyone added what they knew and their own creative thoughts.  One man wants to travel on his Reboot Break to the famous Way of St. James along the Camino de Santiago featured in the movie, The Way.  Others added their knowledge of it, liking the theme of tranquility and searching. All had places to go and things to do too, and they were trying to sort out their goals and how to accomplish them.  All left with a self-written individual plan.  All said everything was clearer now.

One of the most encouraging sessions was when the participants listed five skills they thought were important in this competitive environment and shared them, then heard from the others how they perceived their skills and values. Everyone saw themselves in a different, and more supportive, light. One attendee was encouraged by all of us to get certified as a financial planner and open up for business…he had us all signed up and he hadn’t even thought of that career. It was his knowledge, integrity and way of communication that sold us all.

The hours together were rich and nurturing, as participants bonded and coached each other with their considerable knowledge, some of which was gleaned through similar experiences.

Everyone commented on the comfortable, conversation- friendly environment in Cathy’s home.  The delicious, filling meals were a hit too.  The recipes are also posted on our blog.

Everyone really appreciated the experience and each other.  All said the group dynamic and retreat structure enhanced their learning.  That makes us happy.  We are achieving what we set out to achieve.  (And we are grateful for the participants’ comments above and below.)

 “A tremendous way of channeling your energies, ideas, and questions into your next chapter.  A wonderful environment of support and fun.”
~Retreat participant

“This was an extremely professional and positive furthering experience grounded in authentic wisdom and practical insights and strategies. Both the facilitators and participants were outstanding. I highly recommend the Reboot Your Life retreat.
~
Retreat participant 

“Tremendous value.”
~
Retreat participant