What he is saying now about Volunteering in Mongolia: RE003

Jenny and Stan volunteering in Mongolia

Jenny and Stan volunteering in Mongolia

In this episode of Retired Excited, Henry interviews Stan Brown.

Stan tells how his wife Jenny wanted to volunteer overseas to help others. He didn’t care about volunteering in Mongolia so he didn’t go….at first.

He missed his wife so finally after a few months he followed her to the orphanage where she was the health officer.  That’s when his adventures began.

Now Stan has some very sound advice for people considering volunteering in Mongolia.

  • Go with a reputable and recognized agency.
  • Obtain as much information as you can about the agency and it’s programs before you go.  Talk to people who have volunteered through that agency.  Get the fact of how it really plays out, not what the brochure promises.
  • Be sure you understand the details.  This includes your accommodation, pay, food, insurance and so on.
  • Also be sure to understand the procedure of what happens in case of an emergency.
  • Be sure to understand your obligations to the agency and your host country, as well as their relationship to you.  Stan mentioned that some volunteers could not hack the simple living conditions on site, and were eager to go home.
  • Perhaps the most important advice Stan and Jenny give prospective volunteers concerns your attitude.  Do NOT go overseas believing that you are going to “save the world”, and expect to be honored by a grateful community.

Go to provide what help you can.  Try to fit in with the local customs, laws and reality of the situation.  You are going to eat what the locals eat, drink what the locals drink, and dance when the locals dance.  The drink in Mongolia included a mildly alcoholic brew of fermented milk boiled up in a big pot.  You are going to have the local standard of washing facilities and accommodation.

If that doesn’t sound good… don’t go.

On the other hand Stan and Jenny absolutely loved their time in Mongolia, loved the people, loved the country and would go back in a heartbeat.  They have volunteered in other places since that trip, and enjoyed every experience.

Special Thanks to:

  • Angie Strehlow who helps us get great guests that help us with our retirement lifestyle while keeping everything on track
  • Les Briney who edits the show and makes my guests and me sound terrific
  • Lesinda Tubalado who helps keep the website up to date
  • Henry Shapiro, host of Retired Excited that airs on Fridays
  • YOU the listener for sharing on social media, and telling your friends about it

Retired Excited: Learn to Ride a Motorcycle Later in Life: RE002

Leda Sant says learn to ride a motorcycle later in life

Leda Sant says learn to ride a motorcycle later in life

Henry Shapiro interviews Leda Sant who wanted to learn to ride a Motorcycle later in life.

Leda had worked in the freight department for Qantas, and told us about some interesting things about working there.  She needed to understand what could fit in the freight area of the airplane.  Henry shared that he used to be a deer farmer and that they moved them via planes.  Leda said that every day at Qantas was a different day, and she even moved a small aircraft inside another airplane!

Retired twice, because of boredom, she knew she had to have something to keep her busy.

Her second retirement was planned so that her husband would retire, but that’s not happened as of the recording of the episode! She indicated that retirement lifestyle includes activities to keep your mind alert and to keep physical.  Start ticking things off your bucket list.  One of those for Leda was to learn to ride a motorcycle later in life.

She started riding at 45 with menopause (about 14 years now). She said it keep her mind active because you have to be alert when you are riding a bike. Henry learned how to ride when he was 18.  He rode until he was 22 and stopped when he got married.  He met Leda and started riding again when he was 62.

They discussed the following:

  • Women on Motorcycles
  • Riding in Thailand, Vietnam, and Tasmania
  • Health Benefits of riding a Motorcycle
  • Learning how to Ride
  • Benefits of Motorcycle clubs
  • Staying Safe
  • BMW F 800
  • BMW 1200
  • Harley Davidson (for short rides)
  • Mentors
  • Falling
  • Riding in the Rain
  • Fingernails
  • Size of your Bike
  • Being Time Poor (Leda’s business)

During the interview Leda mentioned that men’s brains were in boxes, which caused Henry to say bzzz.  Ninety nine percent of you will probably be wondering what that is all about.  It comes from a hilarious YouTube clip about the difference between men and women.  Here is the link, I guarantee you will like it.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XjUFYxSxDk

If you think you want to learn to ride a motorcycle later in life, here are some links:

  • Ulysses Club  :  http://www.ulyssesclub.org/
  • Motorcycle safety information.  I learned a heap from this site.  :  http://www.msgroup.org/default.aspx
  • Twist of the Wrist:
  • For clubs in your area just search ‘motorcycle club + your suburb’ in Google or Facebook.  Social motorbike clubs will always welcome new members and help inexperienced riders.

Special Thanks to:

  • Angie Strehlow who helps us get great guests that help us with our retirement lifestyle while keeping everything on track
  • Les Briney who edits the show and makes my guests and me sound terrific
  • Lesinda Tubalado who helps keep the website up to date
  • Henry Shapiro, host of Retired Excited that airs on Fridays
  • YOU the listener for sharing on social media, and telling your friends about it

There is always something new to learn: Ep. 56

Aimee Davis says there is always something new to learn

Aimee Davis says there is always something new to learn

Aimee Davis began her role as director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at San Diego State University in October 2015. She has been working as a director for SDSU for three years in the College of Extended Studies after having worked for San Diego Hospice for 9 years as a volunteer coordinator and program manager. Aimee is passionate about providing meaningful experiences through lifelong learning to students 50 and better. Through OLLI at SDSU’s vibrant and diverse learning community, Aimee works to provide about 125 new course offerings every year – from art history and music to politics and religion – there is always something new to learn!

This is learning for the sake of learning and is strictly for fun…

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OLLI courses are very reasonably priced and membership is only $30 per semester for new members and $25 per semester for renewing members. Membership is not required, but there are some good benefits to having one.

  • Early registration the following semester (so you get to register before everyone else and get first dibs on seats for the most popular courses that tend to sell out quickly)
  • Exclusive access to book clubs
  • Plus the cost of the membership goes towards all courses, lectures, and edventures. What are edventures? These are various offsite learning events including things like a Culture and cuisine series or The Old Globe – Sense and Sensibility.

Yes, at OLLI there is always something new to learn.

However, it’s more than learning. You can also volunteer. There are various committees people volunteer for. This includes the “curriculum and instructor community where volunteers give feed back and on courses and instructors. There are also opportunities to help with events and marketing.

Aimee says the classes build learning, connections and friendships!

What do you think people should know BEFORE they retire? If you haven’t already, learn to say no! Once people find out you’re retiring they start to ask for your help with all sorts of things.  It’s easy to get pulled in a lot of different directions. Here at OLLI we have lots different volunteer opportunities and our students have so much experience and talent to bring to the table. But I’m always careful to check-in with people and make sure they don’t feel any pressure to help.

What advice would you give to a retiree who feels stuck? Take time to learn about who you are as a person right now. What are you passionate about? What brings you joy and energy? Figure out what those things are and spend your time doing that.

Contact information: 619-594-2863 * osher@mail.sdsu.edu * http://neverstoplearning.net/olli

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Stuff and Retirement: Hillbilly Nerd Talk: Episode 55

Stuff and RetirementToday’s episode of Rock Your Retirement is a sneak peak at the interview that Kathe did on Hillbilly Nerd Talk.  Hank and Petra talked to me about their own retirement.  During the interview, we wondered if stuff and retirement don’t go together.  And, is “Retirement” even the right word? Many Baby Boomers are redefining what they want to do in their later years.  They can be more care free than the generations that came before.  That is, if they have prepared Financially.

We talked about the fact that there are two types of Baby Boomer Retirements:  Those who planned financially and those who didn’t.  For those who have the financial resources, their retirement is more like a teenager’s life, but with the ability to do more.

Even though the show, Rock Your Retirement, doesn’t specifically discuss finances, it is true that if you are completely financially strapped, you’ll be thinking about putting food on the table and a roof over your head.  We assume that the listeners to Rock Your Retirement have already done some financial planning and that they are looking for different information. We have discussed Stuff and Retirement in the past.  Check out the episode on Downsizing.

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Stuff and Retirement:

We Americans are tied to our STUFF.  We talked about Wendy Holt (episode 9) who moved to Costa Rica.  She gave up all her stuff, along with the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles.

Speaking of stuff…Hank and Petra DO live differently than most of their peers.  Hank drives Elmer, a twelve year old pickup truck.  At ages 47 and 44 they could have “retired” earlier.  Living a less extravagant lifestyle gives you freedom.  Hank said that objects tie us down.  Petra said that they are invigorated by the next phase of their life.

Every town in America has storage facilities where we have to store extra stuff. People keep their stuff in their garage, and their cars on the street. Petra brought up that people could probably clear out a bedroom to keep extra stuff in, but we just have so much!

Frank brought up “First World Problems”.

Imagine trying to explain to a person in Africa or Nigeria how we have a problem in America where we have too much stuff, and we have to rent extra boxes to store it all.   Petra also talked about how you can rent shipping crates to store your stuff in your yard.

Just think:  If you die and haven’t gotten rid of it, someone else will have to go through your stuff.  Your stuff will wind up in an Estate Sale.  Frank said that you can retire earlier if you didn’t have so much stuff as you went along.  Again, Stuff and Retirement don’t go together. Your STUFF can impede your retirement, and your life!

Hank brought up the Maslow theory, that once you reach a basic level of survival, more stuff has zero effect of being happy.  Petra said that when you get to a certain point, there is nothing to strive for.  It even might impede your happiness.  We all agreed that more stuff actually causes less happiness, not more.

He also said to be proactive, not only with what to do with your money, but also with what to do with your time.  Hank brought up the fact that he cannot podcast 10 hours a day (although they have a great show, check it out).

If you like the Rock Your Retirement show, please tell a friend! That’s the only way we grow, one listener at a time.

Listen to Hank and Petra’s show, Hillbilly Nerd Talk, HERE.

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Life Begins At Seventy: Alan Mindell Episode 52

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Alan Mindell Life Begins at SeventyIn Episode 52 our guest was Alan Mindell, who taught us that life begins at seventy.  Alan Mindell’s novel, The Closer, became a bestseller, including being listed on Amazon as the number one paperback in new sports fiction. His new novel, The B Team, about horse racing, also became Amazon`s number one bestselling paperback in new sports fiction.

For Alan, his speaking topic of “Life Begins at Seventy” certainly fits.

Besides writing novels, he also dances regularly in the San Diego area, and works as a tour guide for Friendly Excursions, the tour company he founded more than forty-five years ago.

One of the things that he has been doing and getting great pleasure from lately is conducting beginning creative writing workshops.  Today he gave us some tips on writing a novel or memoir.

Alan has been writing since his late 20’s. when he turned 60, he decided to take it seriously. He found a publisher and got his first book published. Alan always has a notebook and pencil with him so he can write anywhere he is. His goal is to get people to write. He doesn’t care how they write or what they write. One of his students wrote about a pet turkey which lead me into my story about living on a commune (yes a commune) and my pet sheep.

What are 5 tips to writing a book?

Our Freebie, 5 Tips on Writing That Novel or Memoir You Know You Have in You. Can be found at http://RockYourRetirement.com/Novel but here is a brief synopsis of what we talked about.

  1. Don’t Edit. Don’t get stuck. Flow with your ideas. Don’t stop and edit every word that you write.
  2. Decide whether to write in first person or third person. All of Alan’s novels have been written in third person but he enjoys writing in first person
  3. Never be afraid of dialogue. Stay true to the character
  4. You do not have to go in time sequence. You can start in the future and then go back to the beginning. Flashbacks or backstories then you can bring the story to the present
  5. Have fun!

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So what if you can’t join Alan’s writing workshop or you want to find your own? Alan says you can find a lot of workshops in your area online. He said Meetup is also a good way to find these or, form your own! You can find Meetup at https://www.meetup.com/
Remember, Life begins at seventy!

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Contact information for Alan: solanabeachalan@yahoo.com

If you would like to check out the tour company go to http://friendlyexcursions.net/

Rocking Your Retirement by Volunteering Overseas: Ep. 51

In this episode of Rock Your Retirement we talk with Bill Manassero about volunteering overseas in retirement. You can listen to the show by clicking on the arrows below or finding it on your podcast app in your Smartphone.

Volunteering Overseas: How it can give you a better retirement

Volunteering Overseas with Bill Manassero

Volunteering Overseas with Bill Manassero

Bill Manassero is the President and Founder of Child Hope International. It’s a charitable organization that works with orphaned, abandoned, and at-risk children on the streets of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. The Manassero family’s unique ministry, helped street children get off the streets, and build a promising life for themselves in the Haitian society. Bill and his family served as missionaries in Haiti from 2003 to 2015. Transitioning back to the states for retirement, he began investing in real estate as a means to fund their retirement and help fund their Haitian Mission. He now shares his real estate knowledge with other seniors through his Old Dawg’s REI Network – a website, blog and weekly podcast.

Bill tells us some amazing and touching stories of his time spent Volunteering Overseas.

Before Bill and his family went to Haiti, they had a children’s music ministry. They traveled all around the world doing family concerts for various camps, schools, and groups. Bill noticed one of his daughters saving money. He asked her what she was saving for. His daughter said she wanted to build an orphanage, a school, and a church in Haiti. She was only nine years old at the time! This was the catalyst to start their Haitian Mission.

His organization is very much volunteer driven — A good majority of the volunteers are retired. The volunteers commit to anywhere from 1 week to 2 years of service. The volunteers help with things such as teaching life skills such as baking and sewing. They also show the children how to set up a business so they can become self sufficient. The volunteers feed hundreds of children every week. It was fascinating to hear how much volunteering overseas has impacted not only the Haitian Children, but the volunteers as well.

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We asked, “What do you think people should know BEFORE they retire?” and he responded with:

Look forward to it. Prepare yourself for a new adventure to do anything you want to do. Take a look at the spiritual and emotional side.  Start getting excited. Don’t get hung up on the money aspect. Focus on the freedom you will have.  You can use that freedom to help others and help yourself.

What advice would you give to a retiree who feels stuck?

Try to change your perspective on your retirement. Spend time with those in need.

Contact Information: bill@olddawgsreinetwork.com or www.childhope.org

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