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Ten Commandments or Ten Commitments?

Chip’s Note: In honor of Christian mystic Richard Rohr co-leading our “Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life” workshop at our MEA Santa Fe campus this week, all five of my personal blogs will focus on the state of spirituality and religion.

Ten Commandments or Ten Commitments?
Religion

Wisdom of the Heart: Understanding and Compassion in Uncertain Times

Chip Note: Jonathan is such an accomplished doctor and role model, but what’s most interesting and inspiring about him is his humanity.

Wisdom of the Heart: Understanding and Compassion in Uncertain Times
Guest Post
Wisdom

CLOSER TOGETHER: Knowing Ourselves, Loving Each Other

* Chip’s Note: Sophie is a new friend, someone who has been through quite a lot these past few years, and yet, her shining spirit is infectious. *

CLOSER TOGETHER: Knowing Ourselves, Loving Each Other
Guest Post
Emotions

Want to Make a Few Million While Providing a Societal Benefit?

If I didn’t have my hands full growing MEA, my top entrepreneurial idea would be to create a vetted online marketplace of modern elders and young entrepreneurs. I was fortunate enough to be tapped on the shoulder by the Millennial founders of Airbnb nearly 12 years ago, but this could have happened with matchmaking technology.

Want to Make a Few Million While Providing a Societal Benefit?
Intergenerational Collaboration
Entrepreneurship

From Empty Nest to Freebird.

Midlife is full of transitions from divorce to menopause to changing jobs to seeing your parents pass away. But, one transition that doesn’t get nearly enough attention is having your kids leave home, known as the “Empty Nest” phenomenon. There’s such a wide variety of experiences for parents when this happens depending upon the state of your marriage, whether you’re a single parent or not, your age, how many kids have flown the coop, and how many are likely to come home in their twenties. What’s remarkable is how few academic studies have focused on this particular midlife transition and how few online or in-person courses exist to help midlifers through this life stage.

From Empty Nest to Freebird.
Empty Nest

Age as Altitude

One of our MEA campuses, Baja, is literally at sea level. The other, Santa Fe, is at 6,500 feet and can play a few games with visitor’s bodies during their first couple days in the Land of Enchantment.

Age as Altitude
Aging

“This Isn’t Working For Me, But I’m Doing It So Well”

Recently, a compadre in one of our MEA workshops said to me, under her breath, the quote that is the title of today’s post. I thought she was talking about the workshop not working well, but instead she was talking about being the lead actress in her script of life, a script that she did not author. She wasn’t enjoying the script, but she was doing a helluva job pulling it off.

“This Isn’t Working For Me, But I’m Doing It So Well”
Change

Wisdom is the Residue of Pain

I hit rock bottom at 47. My relationship was on the rocks. My adult foster son was going to prison. My friend, Chip, had taken his own life (and I was having suicide ideation myself…I lost 5 midlife male friends between 2008-2010). I was running out of cash as we were opening 15 boutique hotels in 21 months just as we were catapulting into the Great Recession. I felt handcuffed being CEO of this gargantuan company I’d created over the past two decades. I feared everything was going to crash and I dreaded the idea of being a public failure.

Wisdom is the Residue of Pain
Wisdom

RB60: Regenerate by 60

Retiring by 40 (RB40) has become a thrilling goal for many younger people, who see it as the ultimate life success. In contrast, older adults, often retiring by 60 (RB60) due to company age limits or layoffs, view retirement as the end of the road. The stark difference in these perspectives is rooted in varying mindsets, financial freedom, and personal values about work and impact.

RB60: Regenerate by 60
Guest Post
Retirement

Why We Need a New Retirement Ritual: The Rejuvenation Year (Retirement “Gap Year”)

Chip’s Note: Colleen has one of the finest minds I know and ever since her successful career as a corporate strategist, she’s focused her attention on how to help people to retire…or rejuvenate well.

Why We Need a New Retirement Ritual: The Rejuvenation Year (Retirement “Gap Year”)
Guest Post
Retirement
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