RE023: Learning to Fly

Peter Glover learning to flyPeter Glover was learning to fly when he was 60 years old!

Some people retire once, Peter Glover did it twice. The first was a planned retirement and an injury caused the second. This wasn’t necessarily a bad thing though!

With time on his hands, Peter was able to pursue his passion of learning to fly.

Before Peter retired, he raced cars and motorcycles. His mechanical experience allowed him to build “rally cars”. Peter won a som major races in Australia. Once he retired from this work, he bought a large sheep and crop farm. With basically no experience, Peter managed his farm successfully until he was injured and hurt his back. This stopped his farming career.

Peter didn’t have the opportunity to become a pilot as a teenager.  But it was still in his heart to learn.  And after he spoke with a pilot at a car race one day, he decided he was going to fulfill his dream of learning to fly.

Think it’s expensive?  Learning to fly might not be as expensive as you think.  But not everyone can do it because you would spend about as much for a good light plane as a mid priced luxury car.

Henry and Peter discuss all of the details in learning to fly such as:

  • Choice of aircraft
  • The types of licenses you can get
  • Determining whether to own or lease a plane
  • Regulations for private flying (which is over-regulated in Australia according to Peter)
  • Fit to fly issues
  • Safety issues
  • Insurance, servicing & maintenance, gas for the airplane and lots more!

There is a lot of information on the internet about flying.  And you can subscribe to magazines on the subject as well.  Check out your local airports as they often have flying schools.  Here in California some of the Community Colleges offer it as well.

If you have any experience in flying leave a comment in the box below.

Special Thanks to:

  • Angie Strehlow who helps us get great guests that help us with our retirement lifestyle while keeping everything on track…and helps with these show notes!
  • Les Briney, my husband, and Danny Ozment of Emerald City Pro who edits the show and makes my guests and me sound terrific
  • Henry Shapiro, host of Retired Excited that airs on Fridays
  • YOU for telling your friends about the show, leaving comments below, and sharing episodes you really like on Facebook, and reviewing the show on iTunes

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Prepare for Retirement: Episode 079

Megan Giles helping people prepare for retirementDon’t simply retire from something, have something to retire to!

Megan Giles supports those approaching retirement to successfully transition and create a retirement they will love to live! This is achieved through action-focused planning sessions and workshop facilitation. The key to success for the people who work with Megan is structured planning, looking beyond the finances, harnessing opportunities, informed decision making and tailored actions.  Megan and I talked about how she helps people prepare for retirement.

Just as we do here at Rock Your Retirement, Megan focuses on the non-financial aspects of retirement. (YES a kindred spirit!) She likes to look at the whole person and what really enables the quality of life. She looks at things like; how you connect to people, how emotionally supported you are and do you feel you have a purpose?

It’s never too late to make changes and create a greater sense of satisfaction and enjoyment in life after work. Acknowledging that you’re struggling but willing to take some action is actually an incredible strength.

What does a mini coaching session look like? How do you prepare for retirement?

Talk about work:

  1. What is it that drives you?
  2. What is that you don’t enjoy and look forward to never having to do again?
  3. How do you translate these things into figuring out what you want to maintain in your retirement?
  4. Do you want to fully retire or do you want to use your expertise to mentor someone or to volunteer?

Talk about life outside of work:

  1. What is it outside of work that you enjoy?
  2. What is the stuff you used to enjoy that you don’t really have time for?
  3. Who do you like doing these things with?
  4. How do you bring these things into action?

You need is a plan to prepare for retirement from Day 1. This doesn’t mean your days have to be completely full. Allow yourself time to do nothing if you want. But, it is important to have some immediate actions and goals.

If you are retiring around age 60 to 65, you potentially have another 20 to 30 years ahead of you. You’ll have the opportunity to change or deviate from your path. Don’t feel like you are locked into one thing forever. Have a focus for now, but you can always come back around and revisit your plans and goals. There is no right or wrong. The beauty is that it’s your retirement and you are writing your story.

Megan provided a wonderful tool for our listeners. It is a planning sheet called I’m Retiring But I’m Not Done Yet! Staying Relevant And Connected in Life After Work. You can get it for free by going to www.RockYourRetiremenet.com/Relevant

Contact information for Megan: Email megan@megangiles.com  www.facebook.com/megangilescoaching  www.megangiles.com

Special Thanks to:

  • Angie Strehlow who helps us get great guests that help us with our retirement lifestyle while keeping everything on track…and helps with these show notes!
  • Les Briney, my husband, and Danny Ozment of Emerald City Pro who edits the show and makes my guests and me sound terrific
  • Henry Shapiro, host of Retired Excited that airs on Fridays
  • YOU for telling your friends about the show, leaving comments below, and sharing episodes you really like on Facebook, and reviewing the show on iTunes

This post about retirement and Retirement Lifestyle first appeared on http://RockYourRetirement.com

Megan is now a guest writer for the Rock Your Retirement show.  You can find her first post right here.

Volunteering with troubled youth in retirement: Episode RE:012

Robin Turnbridge, who volunteers with troubled youthWhen Robin retired, she knew she wanted to explore new fields and expand her horizons. She came across an opportunity to volunteer with troubled youth.

You’ve probably never heard of an “Independent Visitor For Youth Justice”.  Henry certainly hadn’t before this show.  But Robin decided to take on that responsibility when she retired.

When Henry went to interview Robin Turnbridge, they were initially going to discuss downsizing. Robin decided she would rather discuss her experience with Juvenile Justice and it became a wonderful topic of discussion.

Robin intuitively knew that it was important to replace the routine of her working life with meaningful activity.

Once a month, she goes to a Youth Justice Facility which are for teens who have committed serious crimes and are in custody. Robin goes into greater detail in the interview, but they talk with the teens, check in on them, and sometimes act as an advocate for the teens. Robin explains how she found this new role, what it entails, and why she loves it.  She has transitioned the experiences of her working life to use them in a different arena.  Brilliant!

Henry and Robin also discuss:

  • What Robin did before retirement
  • How she planned for her retirement and what she thought she would be doing in retirement
  • Her Retirement Party (or farewell as they call it in Australia) which she says is very important
  • Other things she has been doing since her retirement besides working with troubled youth

If you listen carefully, you’ll appreciate that this kind-hearted woman’s first priority is her family, and her second priority is her role giving to society through her involvement in juvenile justice.

Leave a comment in the box below and let us know if there are avenues other than prison to try and rehabilitate troubled youth, or if you think that is an impossible dream.

Special Thanks to:

  • Angie Strehlow who helps us get great guests that help us with our retirement lifestyle while keeping everything on track…and helps with these show notes!
  • Les Briney, my husband, and Danny Ozment of Emerald City Pro who edits the show and makes my guests and me sound terrific
  • Henry Shapiro, host of Retired Excited that airs on Fridays
  • YOU for telling your friends about the show, leaving comments below and sharing episodes you really like on Facebook, and reviewing the show on iTunes

This post about retirement and Retirement Lifestyle first appeared on http://RockYourRetirement.com