What am I up to now?
Updated on 5 October 2022
5 October 2022 update
Lots has happened since June 2020. These two years were a blur, and much gained. After my early impromptu and invigorating experience with Laughter Wellness, I went all-in with the intensive pro-training and mentorship by the amazing Sebastian Gendry. This series of four Laugh & Learn sessions, for example, is about leveraging the power of laughter in facilitating difficult conversations. I find that the blend of retirement transitions coaching, gerontology, and laughter wellness, is a delightful cocktail to serve myself and others.
I learned to find a balance between service and advocacy under the aging umbrella. On the advocacy side I am an active contributor to the Pass It On Network, and the North America Collaborative, both are leaders in busting negative age related stereotypes.
And finally, adding a new perspective to my mind-body connection was learning the American Cane Self Defense (ACSD) system (albeit at the beginner’s level). It’s a fun brain training and vitality boosting activity.
And this is what I find meaningful now while I continue on my life course.
7 June 2020 update:
It’s June already! Seattle is slowly opening up its economy. The recent protests against police brutality against African-Americans and Injustice toward minorities in general have had a jarring effect.
Over the past 10 weeks I aimed to increase positive energy reservoirs by offering free weekly Laughter Wellness sessions. I discovered laughter as a renewable resource within me and the other participants kept returning for more as well. Changing the world one laughter at the time.
21 March 2020 update
Until a couple of weeks ago living in Seattle was a source of mere curiosity for coexisting with COVID-19. Now everyone in the world is getting more creatively resourceful.
My spouse and I are well. Being at a higher risk group we are exercising our daily life with great care. Thanks to virtual technology I manage to continue to give and receive support, practicing physical distancing and social connection.
As a retirement coach my work was already on-line. Yet I am now experiencing mind shift. With VUCA world at full play there are moment-to-moment shifting levels of urgency, depending on where you are at. I continue to explore and gain new insights and skills.
27 January 2020 update:
I’ve recently completed a yearlong certificate in gerontology at University of Washington and it has profoundly changed my relationship to aging, mine and others. (Sadly I also got to apply my learning in real time during a recent family crisis.)
I continue to help people in their transition to retirement through individual coaching and group workshops. My advocacy hot spot is Advanced Care Planning. I facilitate workshops on it and those who unwittingly ask me about the subject usually get to feel the heat.
Since August 2019 I have been learning WordPress for non-coders at No Stress WordPress and trying to get this site built the way I imagined it. It is really challenging and enjoyable all at once.
So little time and so much to learn and experience.
(A deep bow to Derek Sivers who started the /NOW/ movement.)