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March 5, 2015

Reboot Partners featured in Travel With a Challenge Web Magazine

Iceland-Skidoo

Reboot Partner Jaye Smith drove a Ski-Doo in Iceland!

Retired & not-quite-yet: the exciting adventures of all of the Reboot Partners are featured in this month’s issue of Travel With a Challenge web magazine.  

From Ireland to Idaho to Iceland, Cathy, Nancy, Rita, and Jaye were thrilled to share the ways they’ve used their retirement and pre-retirement years traveling the world, to really reboot their lives!

Read the full article here!

 

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!

April 16, 2014

April Newsletter – Volunteer Travel Trip to Morocco!

In our book, Reboot Your Life, we often talk about the idea of volunteering when traveling or on sabbatical.  Recently, Reboot Partner Cathy Allen, along with her husband and nine others, went on a two week trip to Morocco – as part one of many Passport to Folk Art Trips led by the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market to the countries of the folk artists represented in the market.  All of the Reboot Partners have a strong connection to this incredible Folk Art market and volunteer every year to mentor and assist the artists (as depicted in on our blog.)  These special trips are a chance to meet the folk artists and their families in their own villages – to get to see more of their work up-close as well as the environment where they create it – and to combine important volunteer work with a fascinating travel experience.

Cathy and the group got to experience the diverse climates of the region – from snow in the High Atlas Mountains to sweeping sand dunes in Erfoud to 90 plus degree weather in Marrakesh. They explored the winding narrow alleys of the Fez and Marrakesh medinas, rode camels to and from a tent camp in the Sahara, and toured palaces and museums and kasbahs from the 8th century forward.

Part of the Market volunteer effort is to get the senior government and corporate leaders in the host countries to support their artists as well as focus on economic sustainability and preservation of the traditional arts, and the trip was a great success in that goal. Cathy met with a number of women leaders in the country when she spoke at the Moroccan Women Corporate Directors meeting, and with the head of the International Women’s Forum in Casablanca.  The group got commitment from a number of senior people to help with Moroccan folk artists.

The most exciting and rewarding part of the trip, however, was meeting with the artists and seeing their work….and of course, supporting them by buying their art!  The group went to Sefrou to visit Amina Yabis and the Women’s Button Cooperative. Amina knew that Moroccan women needed to have access to the cash economy and economic life of their community to participate in public life outside of the home. She established Golden Buttons with the help of the US Peace Corps to develop a literacy campaign for women and girls (half in Morocco are illiterate) to learn to read and write Arabic.

They also met with Fatima Akachmar of Cooperative Adwal in Rabat El Kheir, created to preserve the weaving tradition. Supported by the Moroccan Ministry of Artisans, they formed a cooperative where many women from the community, all single, divorced or uneducated, have been recruited to train to become master weavers.  The trip was full of these artist visits as well as to the medina and souks of Marrakesh.

Nine rugs and lots of beautiful folk art later, Cathy and Paul struggled with their bags home. Two former Reboot Your Life retreat attendees were on the trip as well and all were amazed at the quality of folk art, the friendliness of the people, and the beauty and variety of the landscape.

It was a wonderful example of how you can combine travel interests, nonprofit volunteer work, and a love of being with friends into a combined package!

February 7, 2014

Reboot Your Life on NBC News!

NBCNews Courtesy of Lee Attix

NBCNews Courtesy of Lee Attix

Reboot Partners was featured in this new article on the NBC News website about the rise of adults taking mid-life gap years, a subject we’ve been interviewed about before.

Usually seen as a tradition solely for young people before they start college, adults are wanting in on the growth and renewal that can be gained from “taking a breather from the track that they’re on.”  Of course, those in their mid-life have heavier responsibilities than young people – as always, our advice before taking time off is to start planning early and to build a network of support with family, friends, and colleagues:

“Once you’ve vetted it with the people who support your needs, planning is the No. 1 most important element of the whole process,” says Reboot Partner Jaye Smith in the article.

Read the full article here with more quotes from Jaye, and then make your own plans for a mid-life gap year at our next Reboot Your Life Retreat!

 

October 17, 2013

October Newsletter – Three T’s to Rebooting Your Life On Vacation

This personal story from Cathy is a perfect example of The Three T’s to Rebooting Your Life on VacationTrading Your Home or Apartment, Traveling with Friends and Family, and Taking Small Risks

We write often about the importance of taking “small risks”… and what better time to do it than on vacation?  My husband and I just returned from a wonderful vacation for three weeks in Ireland.  We practiced the “Three T’s” by trading my home in Santa Fe for a week with a friends’ daughter, who has a beautiful home near Kenmare, in the Beara Peninsula in southwest Ireland.  She wanted to spend more time in Santa Fe, and we wanted a place in the remote mountains, surrounded by sheep and cows!  The house was an amazing 300 year-old stone structure that had just been renovated.  We invited friends to join us, fulfilling, the second “T” by traveling with loved ones.
While the second house we rented, an 1840s Georgian right on the Atlantic at the end of a peninsula, was through VRBO – Vacation Rentals by Owner, we met the young couple who owned it, and are planning a trade again for the future. Our friends loved the house, the peat fires, the cattle walking by our windows, and watching the roiling ocean during a gale through the front windows.  We had time to explore, shop, cook dinners, hike, and sit and read….over an extended period…. and loved it.  The communal dinners and breakfasts were some of the best.  And we definitely took risks – such as would everyone get along and were the houses what we expected?  Of course, that was nothing compared to the harrowing drives on the left side of the tiny roads in the mountains!

We all had a great time for three reasons: we were able to spend quality time with our friends, we were able to cut costs significantly by sharing a house and cooking a number of meals, and we enjoyed Ireland on a local level rather than staying in hotels and seeing only the tourist stops.
There is a growing trend of friends and family members taking vacations together in foreign countries. Trading your house or apartment makes it more fun and manageable. Go on www.homeexchange.comwww.homeaway.com and www.VRBO.com, to name a few, to see what delightful places there are….and invite a few friends to join you!  We are writing much more about this in our upcoming book on ways Boomers are reinventing retirement!