Retired from our professional engineering careers, we are now Out Living the Dream:
- Travelling and exploring the world with the freedom to choose.
- Enjoying health, wealth and fulfillment beyond our wildest dreams.
From the beaches of the world, we offer Real Alternatives for World Travel, Healthy Aging and Fulfillment.
1. Real Alternatives for World Travel
What is the most common topic of conversation among friends when they get together?
Where have you been lately?
What is your next trip?
What’s on your bucket list?
How many of your bucket list items include places to go and things to do, all over the world? Yes, travel is a passion of ours too, as adventurous retired engineers, we want to experience the world and grow from those experiences. We have found two ways to travel more for less and we’d like to share them with you. We’d love to hear your travel experiences in our travel blogs.
a) Wholesale Travel Club
A friend introduced us to the world’s largest travel club and as engineers, we were skeptical. We researched, compared prices and asked so many questions. With all green lights, we got excited and bought in fully for these top five reasons:
- Price of packaged vacations is unbelievable.
- Search engine finds flights, hotels, car rentals, cruises, attractions and hideaways at guaranteed low prices, for personal and business travel.
- Membership fees can be applied to future trips.
- Outstanding rewards program for sharing with others.
- Travel is FUN! The world is our playground as we live out our dream!
If you’d like to know more, check out our amazing offerings by clicking the button below or contact us for any questions including package pricing.
For years we dreamed of RVing in our retirement, ever since we rented a motorhome and drove through the Rockies, when the boys were 5, 7, 10 and 12. In 2014 we purchased a small, used, Class C motorhome and now we’re really hooked! The romantic notion of hopping in our portable home and taking it anywhere in North America still excites us every time we start to plan our next trip.
We’ve explored Florida, down the west coast, along the Keys (where we went scuba diving as a gift from our sons) and back up the east coast. Another big trip was Newfoundland where we climbed Gros Morne on a clear day and visited many of the highlights including Labrador and St. Pierre and Miquelon, France. There have also been numerous short local trips and we often drive our portable bedroom to visit our friends or grandchildren, plugging in and parking in their driveway!
In 2017 we spent two months travelling from Ontario west across Canada, up to the Yukon and Alaska, and back through the U.S., taking in two family reunions along the way.
2. Real Alternatives for Healthy Aging
What are the most common concerns for people who are approaching retirement?
Health? Wealth? Vitality? Mobility? Memory? Wrinkles?
How can we travel the world when we’re not sure if our body and mind are up to it? We started addressing this concern in our 50’s with fitness, nutrition and supplements, backed by research on the most current scientific studies. We’ll share our findings knowing that there is so much that we don’t know, so you need to do your own research, too. We’d love to hear from you in our health blogs.
“You are what you eat” … how much truth is there in that statement? There is so much conflicting information out there, how can anyone be sure? We have found two websites that are research based, to help us to make informed choices about what we consume to nourish our bodies.
- Authority Nutrition: is a great evidence-based, well-written nutrition site.
- Science Daily: is a science site that provides a daily feed on recently published, peer reviewed science articles.
For personal coaching, we have been seeing a nutritionist since November 2015 with exceptional results. We were tested for food sensitivities and given a list of the foods that nourish OUR bodies, and a list of foods that don’t. We were also given recommendations to work towards our goals. Rob had digestive issues that were completely resolved and Cille has been burning fat more effectively than with previous efforts. If you are interested in more information, contact Hari Ghuman in Ottawa at Personalized Health Center.
b) Regenerative Nutrition
At some point in our lives, our bodies’ healing ability can no longer keep up with the damage to our bodies. In 2012, we were introduced to a company that has addressed this issue with products that go beyond nutrition to dramatically change the way we experience the aging process. Cille noticed an improvement in her memory, greater joint comfort, abundant energy during the day and better sleep at night. Rob also has noticed improved energy during the day and the ability to manage stress.
Univera is a leader in medicinal plants, owning the world’s largest functional plant library, performing pharmaceutical grade research on plants, and holding over 170 patents and patents pending.
If you’d like to know more, check out these life changing products by clicking the button below or contact us with any questions you may have.
Rob has been physically active all his life, playing hockey as a boy, and then playing hockey as a Dad with our boys! Cille, not so much … she took a prenatal fitness course before our first son was born, and from then on was active being a Mom working outside the home.
In our 50’s we engaged a personal trainer who came to our home in Ottawa and hooked us on fitness. We added yoga, bicycling and swimming through the years. When we turned 60, we joined the local Seniors Fitness class and Cille became qualified to teach the class, through the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging.
Watch this video to learn the benefits of exercise for seniors.
3. Real Alternatives for Fulfillment
What is fulfillment? Google provides this definition that speaks to us:
1. satisfaction or happiness as a result of fully developing one’s abilities or character.
2. the achievement of something desired, promised, or predicted.
Fulfillment in LIFE goes way beyond what we are “doing” and aligns with how we are “being”. It speaks to our values and how we live them every day, out living the dream. These are our values that guide our doing and being:
- Authenticity – walk the talk, integrity, ethical practice, open and honest.
- Self-Actualization – personal development, wisdom, expertise, reaching our potential.
- Relationships – based on trust, love, treating others as we would like to be treated.
- Freedom – have the health, wealth and independence to do what we want.
- Service to Others – giving back using our wisdom and resources available.
Thank you to business coach Brian Tohana who invited us to name our values, which has helped us like a compass on our journey together. We used this core values worksheet independently, and then together through conversations between ourselves and friends, to come up with our values and the order, which we recognize is cyclical.
So what are the aspects of our life that are creating the most fulfillment, besides health and travel? Family is number one. Recreation like playing and teaching bridge is important, and philanthropy is leaving a legacy.
What is creating fulfillment for you? We’d love to hear from you when we blog about creating fulfillment in our lives.
For us, parenting was one of life’s greatest rewards and challenges. It was a privilege to guide, teach, enjoy and eventually support our children as they became happy responsible adults. With four sons who are all beautifully unique, and now all independent (off the payroll), we have a few lessons learned to share with other parents.
Here are a few memorable experiences that we’ll be blogging about:
- Under achieving high school student, and one day Cille asked him, “What do you want to do with your life?” He still remembers the light bulb going off, and still thanks her for that kick in the pants, that day.
- Senior high school student, pre-qualified for his first choice university, partied too much in the last term and missed the conditional grade by 1%. Devastated. Rob told him, “You’re a smart guy, you will figure it out,” and he did.
- Young man, lost and not caring. We took him back home, helped him figure out his path with professional advice. Now he is living again, independently.
As parents, our job is to guide our children into adulthood. There are always joys and challenges along the way, which make it so rewarding. Now we are enjoying the special relationships built with our adult children, their partners and their children, our grandchildren, life’s greatest treasures.
b) Recreational Activities
When we moved to a tiny community west of Ottawa, Ontario, we met a local woman at the Community Centre and asked “What’s there to do around here?” She told us about the book club, library, exercise group, coffee group, women’s spirituality group, men’s poker group and pot luck dinners. “We have everything except bridge!” We assured her that we could change that, and we did it together!
Now we have a thriving bridge club, where we learn, laugh and grow closer as a community. Most weeks we present one small lesson and then play casual rubber or duplicate bridge, and yes, table talk is allowed. The objective is to have fun first and learn a little bit about bridge without any pressure. All too often people have been turned off because of bridge’s reputation as being difficult and serious. We are changing that perception!
Watch for our bridge lessons in our blog and please let us know if you agree with our bidding and play of the hand. We too are always learning!
c) Giving Back
Have you ever been in a desperate situation where you didn’t know how to help someone you love? You tried everything you can think of and everything that everyone else suggested?
We have. One of our sons was diagnosed with ADD as a young adult, which explained a lot of his behaviour, but we still didn’t know how to help him. He asked if he could come back and live with us, then asked if he could stay for the rest of our lives. We tried everything for over a year without results. He didn’t seem to care about life.
That’s where we were when we found the Wellbeing Group. We say that our son went into the 5 week residential program with ADD symptoms and came out without, transforming our lives. Our whole family: the son who is now happily living independently, our other sons who are able to focus on their own lives and celebrate their full potential, and us the parents, finding the freedom to live out the dream.
We know there are other families out there struggling. We know there are solutions in the Wellbeing Group, for some. We want to help those families who would benefit from the program. Who do you know who is suffering in a similar situation? Please share this information and our contact information. Thank you.