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February 2, 2016

Rita and Jaye talk to Karen Kalis!

Rita Foley and Jaye Smith sat down to talk to Karen Kalis about Reboot Your Life on her popular webinar. Here’s what Karen had to say after meeting with them:

“Jaye Smith and Rita Foley left me feeling completely energized after their interview.  According to these ladies, entrepreneurship is really for everyone!  Jaye and Rita talked with me about how more members of the Baby Boomer generation are taking advantage of starting their own business.  The one key ingredient to being successful?  Passion.  Along with a healthy dose of tenacity, communication skills, planning and belief in what you have to offer, passion will drive your business forward like nothing else.”-Karen Kalis

Click here to listen to the full webinar!


August 27, 2014

The Sag Harbor Reboot Your Life Retreat 2014 – Moving Forward

Sag Harbor 2014 Boat“I feel like I have more of a picture of what I’m going toward.”

“I’m feeling really empowered.”

“I am so glad I listened to my inner voice that said ‘Invest in yourself’ because over the course of this long weekend I met people who became invested in me. What a gift to have an immediate advisory board to force me to re-evaluate things in a new light — with a more positive filter.”

“I began my sabbatical with one destination in mind. Thankfully, the retreat opened my eyes to focus more on the journey and that ultimately the destination would present itself to me.”

Walking on the beach? Sitting in the sand? Is this a Reboot Your Life retreat where people are hard at work on figuring out the next chapter of their lives?

Yes, it is! After getting to know each other Friday evening and doing the first part of the personal roadmap-building, we headed to a picturesque Sag Harbor cove for a walking meditation – a visualization of how we want our lives to look in a year. Everyone walked where they wanted and visualized their future, then sat in the sand to write it down. The beauty and serenity were assets.

The participants in this Reboot Your Life Retreat in Sag Harbor came together across generations to share a common purpose — to uncover what’s next for them. They ranged in age from 35-65, yet broke down barriers of age and career to created a supporting and nurturing environment from which to grow and explore possibilities.  Everyone commented that although there were people already on a Reboot Break – planned and unplanned – another preparing for retirement, and another planning what to do instead of retirement,  and no one felt out of place or unsupported.

Sag Harbor 2014 Beach2

And it was fun! What a great time of year and a great location at Jaye’s comfortable house in Sag Harbor. We had good food and fellowship – and hard work, as everyone asked themselves questions and charted their course forward. Everyone supported each other with ideas and reinforcement during the retreat and their contact since then indicates a continued community of support.

All the participants left with a clearer idea of their next chapter and what needs to be thought through and done to get there. We ended with a powerful skills assessment that was validating, motivating, and inspiring.  Some had never gotten such good feedback about what they bring to their lives and their future.  A greater ease was felt by all about the task of planning their next chapter, as each had started a roadmap.

We facilitators never cease to be amazed and pleased by the transformations that take place. We have one more retreat in 2014 – October 10-12 in Cape Cod – and four retreats planned for 2015. 2015?! Make it the year you move forward in designing and planning your life!

February 15, 2013

Reboot Recommends: More Breaks = More Productivity

We at Reboot know for a fact that taking a break from work means more productivity, renewed energy, and a more balanced life.  

We were glad to find some agreement in the NYTimes in this incredible article by Tony Schwartz, CEO of The Energy Project.

“Time is the resource on which we’ve relied to get more accomplished. When there’s more to do, we invest more hours. But time is finite, and many of us feel we’re running out, that we’re investing as many hours as we can while trying to retain some semblance of a life outside work…Like time, energy is finite; but unlike time, it is renewable…The importance of restoration is rooted in our physiology. Human beings aren’t designed to expend energy continuously. Rather, we’re meant to pulse between spending and recovering energy.”

Read the full article here.

February 14, 2013

Reboot February Newsletter – Coming Unplugged

“If you are not in the moment, where are you, really?”

February is a time to be with those you love or to express your caring and loving feelings.  it is also a time for reflection and renewal and growth of relationships you have now and from your past, and to take the opportunity to connect with people who may open your eyes to new possibilities and experiences.

But will you even notice if you don’t practice detaching from your technology, unplugging your electronics, your IPad, your smartphone, creating time and space for relationships?  Give your loved ones the best Valentine ever…the gift of your undivided attention and time.

According to joint research by Gyno and Forbes Insight, 98% of Americans send emails on nights and weekends, only 3% of us never send or receive emails on vacation, and 61% of us say we are addicted to the Internet.  The average web user goes to 40 sites a day and the average person, regardless of age, processes 400 texts a month….3700 for teens.  In fact, 50% of Americans say they prefer to communicate digitally rather than in person.

It has gotten so bad that an emerging trend, started in the Bay Area of California, is the”unplugging movement,” where people are detaching from their technology, at least for periods of time, and making “technology free” areas in their homes. Some of the concepts that have started there are Digital Detox, Walden Zones and Technology Shabbats.  The National Day of Unplugging is March 1-2, 2013.

Marriott International conducted surveys of customers and found 85% of vacationers were annoyed by loud cellphone users, 36% check their emails on the beach, and 89% checked their email at least once a day.  The company has now created “braincation” spots in seven of their resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico that make cellphones, iPads, laptops and other devices “off-limits.”

More and more families are limiting their own and their children’s access to technology to more fully enjoy life and to explore new activities and interests, especially in nature.  You can too!  Just unplug using some of the suggestions below and give your loved ones the “gift of your time.”  How can you beat that for a Valentine?  Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!


1. Go “cold turkey” for 5-7 days, say the experts, to understand the addiction you have to electronics…also called media deprivation.
2. Structure several hours a week at work for “thinking time” without any interruptions from devices and email.

3. Create “no device” policies at your meetings and during dinnertime.
4. Create “no technology zones” in your home or apartment.
5. Leave your smartphone, iPad, laptop and other devices outside the bedroom.

6. Take car trips with a “no device” rule so you have time to talk and tell stories……good relationships are based on this intimacy.  

7. Create a “technology-free day” each week and spend it trying new activities, going to museums, playing board games, pulling out old pictures, and sharing time with your family and friends.  

8. Teach your children, nieces, and nephews games to play and projects that don’t involve technology.  

9. Limit your kids’ access to technology, just as First Lady Michelle Obama does, to a few hours each day or week and spend time with them baking, playing sports, going for hikes, or just talking.

10. Have someone else (colleague, friend, partner) monitor your emails for the time you unplug if you are worried about emergency emails or calls. They can reach you or handle the issue themselves.

You will find co-author Catherine Allen’s up-coming article, Coming Unpluggedon our blog as soon as it is published.  We have also written about this topic in Reboot Your Life and The Artist’s Way at Work. Stay tuned for our new book on pre-retirement planning to read more!

March 19, 2012

Reboot Celebrates Wellness Week!

Welcome to Wellness Week, hosted by our partners, SpaFinder!

Wellness Week™, March 19-25, is your chance to look and feel your best with exclusive spa treatments and wellness offerings, all at $50 prices or 50% discounts. You can take charge of your health and choose from a variety of services, plus free events, including Twitter chats today and Wednesday, featuring members of the Wellness Week Expert Panel, like the Reboot Your Life Co-Authors!

The topic of the Twitter chat today, March 19th, from 4-5pm EST, is “How Best to De-Stress”. Set your stream to follow #WellnessWeek during this hour to get in on the conversation!

Co-Author Jaye Smith was asked to guest blog on the topic – Jaye’s 20 years as a career and life coach make her the perfect resources for ways to de-stress your life, and maximize your wellness.  Staying objective, even stepping away for a while, will give you the clarity you need to be more thoughtful about how you manage your own stress, says Jaye.

Read the full blog here and start off your Wellness Week right!