One of our Boomerang members refuses to say the “r” word. If the word comes up in a sentence, she won’t even acknowledge it. Her husband thinks it’s hilarious because he retired almost two years earlier and they’ve been travelling ever since. Everyone has different feelings around retirement. For some, it’s something to look forward to. Others can’t imagine waking up and not going to the office and then there are those who don’t plan their retirement but are instead forced to
Unless you’re an athlete or newborn baby, chances are you can use a bit more flexibility. Our overall flexibility naturally decreases with age, but doing regular stretches is one way to stay nimble, active, and not get overcome by joint stiffness that can lead to your becoming less mobile. Why stretch? First, because it feels really good. Waking up in the morning is always when we’re most stiff. Taking a few minutes to loosen up those joints makes everything else a little bit
Knowing what your passion is can be great for your professional success and personal happiness. On the other hand, as we go through life’s journey our passions change and not being sure what you want to do in your life can be scary or cause anxiety. Since we often equate passion with life purpose, failing to identify where your passion lies can make you feel as if your life lacks meaning or significance. The good news is, there’s no expiration period for finding your passion.
When I asked Jane about whether or not she planned for retirement, her answer was remarkably honest. “No, I got fired.” We both laughed, which may seem like an inappropriate response, but you quickly realize that Jane is someone who will always land on her feet. And she has, though it took her a bit of time to find the opportunity in being laid off. “There’s a little bit of a ‘lick your wounds’ period. I’d say it was at least six months, just trying to wrap my head around the
If a picture is worth a thousand words, what’s a painting worth? We’ll let you think about that for a minute. Right now, painting can simply be a relaxing past-time. There’s something soothing about gliding your brush across a canvas and watching an image appear. It’s something you created. Good or bad, beautiful or abstract, it’s yours. But painting goes beyond aesthetic benefits. There are real physical and emotional incentives to pick up a paintbrush. How painting can impr
Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy the outdoors. The beauty of living in Canada is that we get to experience all the seasons, with fall being arguably the most beautiful. And no, it may not be 25 degrees outside, but with a sweater or a couple of layers, it’s possible to enjoy some outdoor activities before the temperature dips to freezing. Hiking is one of those fun fall activities that you can easily enjoy, and Ontario offers some beautiful trai
Buying something always feels a little bit better when you know you’re getting a deal. And being in your golden years automatically qualifies you for a lot of great discounts. You can save on everything from food to pharmaceuticals to travel to fun events. It’s clear to us that being 50-plus has more benefits than wisdom. You can actually save some real dollars. Senior discounts in Canada Don’t be shy to take advantage of some of these great offers. You’ve put in enough work
Can you feel it? A light breeze hitting your face, the smell of fresh air mixed with the unfamiliar scents of the river. OK, maybe we’re taking this too far, but river cruises are really that beautiful. And in case you’re wondering, yes! They are different from regular ocean cruises. Difference between river cruises and ocean cruises The first difference is the amount of time you’re on board. With ocean cruises, you get plenty of sea days where you’re just cruising around on
A summary of new workshops and events with Boomerang in September. They say we have two ears and one mouth so we can listen more than we speak. So when you told us that you want more workshops outside the creative arts space, we heard you loud and clear. Get your aprons ready We’ve added more culinary workshops to the mix, the most exciting of which is Apple Baking with Helen Nugent. Helen is the creator of @BatterednBaked and has a community of over 30,000 followers and grow
TIFF, TIFF, TIFF. You turn our typically laid back city into celebrity mobbing, pop culture chaos. And we love every moment of it. This might be the only time of year where it feels like the entire entertainment world sets its gaze on Toronto. For ten straight days, we get the Hollywood treatment — cameras everywhere, your favourite movie stars hopping out of black SUVs — all for what many critics recognize as one of the most important film festivals across the globe. But wit
“Retired or semi-retired, we need to feed our souls.” After 21 years of serving her country in the military, Claire Harder has taken the last few years to focus on herself. She’s rekindled her love for the arts while staying close to her daughter, the one person who’s encouraged Claire to do the things that make her happy. Claire’s passion for the arts has been with her since she was a child. Though she moved cities about every three years, Claire remembers spending hours dra
It’s the simple thought that led Joan to attend Boomerang’s writing workshop. Her family and friends encouraged her to write the stories she’s been telling them orally for years. Stories about Joan’s own family history. “I heard somewhere that if your goal is to write and you’re not writing then that’s not really your goal. For me [going to a Boomerang workshop] is a start.” A start, yes, but certainly not the end. Preserving her family stories is Joan’s long term vision. For
Small-town Ontario might be the best place to retire. Something changes when you retire. You wake up and realize that you’re not obligated to be anywhere or do anything. Travelling is usually at the top of the list of activities that will now fill your time, but what about a more permanent change of scenery? If you’re currently living in the city, small-town Ontario offers an opportunity for a change of pace. And what better time to explore change than during retirement. With
Summer is in full swing with temperatures rising and sunny skies across the country (dare we say it… finally). There’s a lot to take advantage of during the summer months. Here are our top 7 tips for having fun and staying healthy this summer: 1. Stay Cool With temperatures rising year over year, air conditioning is becoming a necessity. But is it just us or do you also feel like you’re constantly battling indoor temperatures that cross the line from comfortable to freezing?