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  • The week Bold Age® shared a radio feature with Usain Bolt

    This week, I was invited to share my views on BBC Radio Solent, views about the challenges people face when retiring. Listen from about 41 minutes here to hear my dulcet Derbyshire tones, with the wonderful Katie Martin. This was all in the context of Usain Bolt’s retirement. I agree wholeheartedly with Colin Jackson’s take…

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  • The normal route will get overgrown and difficult, so just take another path

    I was walking the dogs yesterday afternoon and cursing to myself. The bushes were overhanging the pavement so you couldn’t walk without intermittently stepping into the moderately busy road, which is tricky enough as a lone human, never mind with two dogs over 20kg. On I went, muttering under my breath for absolutely no-one to…

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  • What we can learn from dancing

                      I promised myself I’d do 4 new things in the year of my 40th birthday (this year!). June brought the opportunity to tick one of those things off – learn to dance, and then perform in front of a couple of hundred people at the Bournemouth…

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  • Getting curious and creative about…Mid-Life Career Reviews – Part 4

    Part 4 – How can I engage in Mid-Life Career Reviews in my organisation? No doubt you’re already doing much or most of this already, so I thought I’d share a three of the main things to have in place to ensure the reviews give both you and your teams what’s need. 1.    A clear ‘why’…

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  • Getting curious and creative about…Mid-Life Career Reviews – Part 3

    Part 3 – ‘How do Mid Life Career Reviews help employers and employees?’ Having explored why Mid-Life Career Reviews are different from your average review, and what they actually are, part 3 outlines the benefits of them to both employers and employees. The impacts on employers can be summarised as: – Developing a true understanding…

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  • Getting Curious and Creative about…The Mid-Life Career Review – Part 2

    Part 2 – So what is a Mid-Life Career Review? In Part 1, we established that the Mid-Life Career Review was something different to a standard review – so what exactly is it? When are they deployed? In NIACE’s pilot, which took place between 2013-2015, they cited the main reasons for people engaging with a…

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  • Getting curious and creative about….Mid-Life Career Reviews

    Part 1 – Why bother, isn’t it just the same as a ‘normal’ review? “Becky I know you specialise in helping people plan for the life changes associated with retirement. I’m not ready to retire, but I definitely can’t continue doing what I’m doing in the way I’m doing it for the next 20-30 years.”…

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  • The Retirement Relationship Plan

    Expert advice for a happy relationship in retirement, from Counsellor & Specialist Relationship Therapist Helen Rice. Retirement is without doubt a major life change, whether it has been long-looked forward to, approached with ambivalence, or indeed with resistance and anxiety. As well as changes to routine and day-to-day life, there are significant shifts to be…

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  • Retirement…don’t make me laugh!

    March, 2017 Guest Blog – Bernie Ward We’re delighted to have Bernie Ward, Founder and Director of Ward Health & Safety, as our first guest blogger. This month, Bernie shares his approach to and lessons so far from ‘retirement’. Read on for a refreshingly honest account from the man himself… Retirement…don’t make me laugh! Planning…

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  • What makes for a healthy relationship?

    Here we have it; the answer to all your relationship dynamic questions…just joking, I would be a billionaire if I had that to market! What I am sharing though, are some of the considerations in this area that we either worry about, or don’t pay enough attention to when planning for Bold Age®. And maybe…

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  • Blu Lake’s Bold Celebs

    Those aged over 50 can be beset with worries about how to cope with getting older. However! People can lead healthy, active and fulfilling lives well into their 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. You may have seen that every week on social media I select a ‘Bold Age® celeb of the week’. These are people over the age of…

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  • Be Bold, Give Dancing a Whirl

    The 2016 ‘Strictly’ season is reaching fever pitch and, whilst in the dancing mood, I recently read an interesting article which highlights the benefits older people experience when they get involved in dance activities. Given that by 2026 there will be over 10 million people aged over 65, I would like to suggest more people…

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  • Are you having a laugh?!

      At the end of a week that saw World Smile Day and me qualifying to be a Laughter Yoga Leader, I thought I’d celebrate grins and giggles with these 5 astounding benefits of laughter. And I’m not even joking. It clears the cr*p out of your system The exercises in Laughter Yoga cause you…

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  • Let’s Celebrate Ageing!

    Did you know this weekend, Saturday 1st October, is UK Older People’s Day? Part of the UN International Day of Older Persons, this great day is a chance to celebrate the contribution that those who have lived longer lives make to communities and businesses. Through our work at Blu Lake, we celebrate the lives that…

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  • Vitality – the fuel for life featured image

    Last time we explored the importance of life purpose and meaning in Bold Age. Once you’ve found that direction for retirement which offers you a deep sense of personal fulfilment, how do you ensure you maintain vitality in Bold Age so you can enjoy it as much as possible? What do I mean by vitality? This…

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  • Bold Age – Living life on purpose

    Last week we talked about the role of work in Bold Age, this week we ask the question; ‘What is the meaning of life? Embarrassingly, Siri’s response sums it up well: “I don’t believe there is a consensus on that question.”  There are as many different ways of finding meaning in life as there are…

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  • Bold Age – Live to work or work to live?

    Remember last week we started to redefine retirement, favouring: Bold Age: “To have the courage, desire and resources to continue to grow, in your own way, whatever number is on your birthday card” Given this more empowering description of Bold Age, the question I explore with clients is, ‘what role could work play in your life in this…

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  • A happy ending or a happy beginning – you decide

    If you were asked to invest all your spare cash (let’s pretend you have loads of it!) in one of these definitions, which would you choose and why? A) Retirement:“To leave your job or stop working because of old age or ill health” B) Bold Age: “To have the courage, desire and resources to continue…

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  • What have you got planned for the rest of your life?

    “I don’t want to retire. Or die.” These are just two of the comments I hear regularly!  I mentioned last month that retirement doesn’t mean stopping, it’s a transition to a new, exciting phase of life. You may spend more time in retirement than in your traditional working life so you’re looking for ways to live…

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  • New Year, Same You … Real, Unique and Wonderful You

    I don’t know about you but I get bored of the hype about ‘new year, time for a new you’ bumph that litters my social media feed from 00:01 on 1st January each year. Like the current me isn’t good enough!? There is no wonder we have what Brené Brown describes as a scarcity culture whereby…

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