GUEST BLOG: A happy ending or a happy beginning? – You decide – Becky Craig, Blu Lake

By Kieran Drew
In August 1, 2016
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Becky-Craig-10-BWby Becky Craig – Blu Lake

  1. A) Retirement:“To leave your job or stop working because of old age or ill health”
  2. B) Bold Age: “To have the courage, desire and resources to continue to grow, in your own way, whatever number is on your birthday card”

Whilst retirement is a ‘thing’, I think the definition above insinuates that:

  • Retirement means disengaging from work
  • You are less able to contribute as you get older
  • It is not within your control; it happens to you

Which is why I created and work with option B.

We were reminded just last week that people are living longer than ever with men who reach 65 now able to look forward to another 19 years and women 21 years, according to figures from Public Health England. As we live longer and healthier lives, many people are already moving away from the old definition of retirement in favour of a more empowering, balanced and personal articulation of what the purpose and make-up of their later life stage is.

‘Old’ retirement paints a picture of a happy ending, or does it…

  • A prolonged holiday or monotony?
  • Lots of rest and relaxation or boredom?
  • No decisions, no schedules, no bosses, no awkward colleagues or no stimulating interactions and camaraderie?
  • Relief from anything that has caused us pain, pressure or stress or reduced opportunities for achievement and personal growth?

Bold Age creates a vision of a happy beginning…

  • Fueled by clear life purpose and meaning
  • Built on what’s important to you
  • Geared towards personal fulfillment in all aspects of life
  • Leading a truly balanced life
  •  Expanding our personal growth
  • Deepening our interest in life

Anna Dixon, chief executive of the Centre for Ageing Better puts it brilliantly: “Living longer is something to celebrate. But as well as adding years to life, we need to add life to years, enabling people to enjoy a good later life.”

With this in mind, over the next 8 weeks I will share some of the aspects of life I help clients to explore, understand and act upon when planning for their Bold Age, such as career, life meaning, vitality and family relationships.

BluLakeBlu Lake provides coaching for people in Hampshire and Dorset who are seeking clarity and focus during times of big transition in life, such as retirement.

Some of Becky’s core values are freedom, vitality and inner strength so she thrives on helping others to achieve these things in life, especially when they face the stormy waters of change. She believes that we are all capable of more so her coaching approach works from this starting point.

She has spent over 20 years in large corporate businesses helping people at all levels of the organisation to achieve more and feel confident during change.

If you aren’t sure if coaching is for you, Becky offers a free 30-minute no obligation consultation for you to find out more about how it can benefit you during a big change in life.

Contact her via the website www.blulake.co.uk

 

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