Can You Afford the Snowbird Lifestyle?
My winter retreat in Costa Rica. 1-bedroom apartment cost me $375/month.
My winter retreat in Costa Rica. 1-bedroom apartment cost me $375/month.

Some birds live in Northern latitudes during the summer and migrate South during the winter. How wise of them to do that!

Many Canadians and Americans also do that. Instead of relocating permanently to a Southern State or abroad, they get the best of both worlds by spending a few months in the winter ‘down South.”

Maybe you’ve been to these towns in Florida that have been “invaded” by French Canadian Snowbirds. In some parts of Florida, there are so many of them that they managed to publish their newspaper, get their TV in French and even Canadian banks have opened up locations to get their business there.

It’s often a thing you do at retirement.… Read More »

Winter Amnesia Hits Again!

I wrote a few times before about this strange “phenomenon” I discovered in my early years traveling the world as an author of raw food books.

After my extended visit to California in my early twenties, when I got to meet and work with the pioneers of the raw food diet and lifestyle — David Wolfe, Gabriel Cousens and many others — I relocated to Montreal.

I had not experienced a winter in three years!

It was a rude awakening. I came back from this long trip on February 14th, 2000 — Valentine’s Day and the worst snowstorm of the season. The rest of the winter was also unforgiving.

But when spring and summer came, I forgot all about it.

Some years I ended up traveling or relocating to warm countries.… Read More »

Travel Now, Not Later

One of the most common things on a “bucket list” or just a retirement list is to travel the world.

In some ways this makes sense. You’ll retire at some point, or you’ll work less. Presumably, your kids will be busy with their lives; you’ll have plenty of time, and you might even have a retirement nest egg.

So you’ll travel the world!

Right.

Except…

You should do it a lot sooner!

As people get close to retirement, they sometimes get excited because that when they’ll supposedly get in shape, spend more time with their grandkids, reconnect with old friends or… travel!

My mom, who’s now retired, tells me that people do in retirement exactly what they did in their working lives, except that they might have more time for it. … Read More »

The Write Everyday Challenge!

I’m a few weeks into a “write every day” challenge. I’m on a roll! I’ve already written over 20 new articles and other material.

Why write every day?

It’s a trick used by writers ever since writing has been a profession. The idea is to keep the momentum going. When you write every day, it becomes a habit, and quickly projects that appear significant can happen quickly.

How long does it take to write a book when you write every day?

Weeks or a couple of months, at most.

Write 2000 words a day and you’ll have written a full-length 200-page book in a month!

What about articles?

Writing one article a day means that you’ll have created almost 100 articles after just three months — what I consider to be the minimum for a good content website.… Read More »

You Can’t Force Passion

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“Doctor, I lost my passion and my drive, what can I do?”

“Well, it could be because you are depressed. Let’s fill out this questionnaire, and we’ll find out.”

Minutes later…

“I think you’re going through a depressive episode. I’m going to recommend a work cessation for a few weeks, psychotherapy, and also a pharmaceutical solution. Anti-depressants have come a long way. There are some new molecules that are particularly effective and without many side-effects…”

“Doctor, will I regain my passion and my drive after?”

“Maybe.”

This scene is quite typical, although the questions and answers will be different.

And when you’ve lost your drive and your passion, everyone will have an answer for you. You often don’t need a doctor to give you advice because you’ll find it everywhere!… Read More »

Don’t Tell Anyone About Your Dream

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We’ve heard that one of the best ways to make something happen is accountability.

If we’re accountable for something, then we’re more likely to take action, so the theory goes.

That’s how you have a lot of people say that when you have a goal, you should “announce it aloud” and find a “buddy” who can keep you accountable.

It turns out that it’s the exact opposite of what you should do.

New studies have shown that when people announce their goals, they are less likely to complete them!

And it’s probably because of a few psychological reasons:

1) By declaring a goal, your brain partly thinks it is already accomplished. So it doesn’t feel compelled to take action.
2) We may unconsciously be afraid of failing, or not doing it well, so not taking action is one thing we do to save face.Read More »

Why I’m NOT a Minimalist

Why I’m NOT a Minimalist

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there’s a trend of “minimalism” lately. Here I’m not talking about “essentialism” or other similar concepts of owning only the most important things and simplifying your life. I’m all for that.

Minimalism is an extreme of that philosophy.

I could summarize it as such: I’m going to get really creative about how little stuff I can own or travel with and then brag about it endlessly on social media.

One YouTuber has a video where she shows off her “minimalist” apartment. The apartment is HUGE but so empty that you can still hear the echo because there’s no furniture soften the sound. Every room contains the strict minimum, and you’re almost blinded by the whiteness of it all.… Read More »

Why You Should Never Buy a House in Costa Rica

Please, don’t buy a house in Costa Rica, Ecuador, or some second or third-world country because you’ve fantasized about moving to a tropical paradise.

Just don’t do it!

Countless of people fall for this mistake because they want to retire overseas, have been to some conference and now are convinced that they’re ready to make the move.

Arrrgh! I’m cringing here. Noooo!

First, if you want to live abroad, there’s nothing fundamentally wrong with that. But know that you’ll save yourself lots of trouble if you just rent.

Before buying, you’re advised by “experts” to spend at least six months in the country to decide if you like it.

But do you really think that six months is going to tell you everything you need to know about a country, about all the intricacies, the red tape, the cultural difference, and the TRUE crime situation?… Read More »

Trump Aftermath: a Bit of Harry Browne Wisdom!

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On this morning the day after the US elections, people are either angry or ecstatic about the results.

I’m tempted to quote from Harry Browne’s book “How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World.

In a chapter titled “The Utopia Trap,” he writes:

“The utopia trap is the belief that you must create better conditions in society before you can be free.

It’s easy to feel that society needs an overhaul (major or minor) before you’ll be able to live freely. As a result, you can devote a great deal of effort to attempts to make others understand what you see, to the passing of laws, to a quest for a better society.

While you’re doing this, you obviously give up a great deal of time and other resources that could have been used to enjoy life.

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Why You Should Never Organize a Health Retreat

Everyone who’s involved in the natural health movement eventually entertains the idea of organizing some kind of health retreat.

You know what I’m talking about?

Go to Hawaii or the Bahamas… rent a hotel for a week, get a few guest speakers to come, feed everybody raw foods and fresh juices, organize fitness classes every day and give entertaining and interesting lectures.

When the economy is great, people might sign up for your health retreat. But in most cases, you’re not going to make a profit.

The vast majority of health retreats are either in the red or barely manage to scrape by a few meager dollars for the hundreds of hours of hard work they put into it.

In the cases where people have made a decent amount with a health retreat, if you were to divide the profits by all the hours of work they put into it, most people are shocked that they worked all this time for much below minimum wage.… Read More »