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How Volunteering Saves Your Life

The Powerful Social, Emotional and Health Benefits of Volunteering Have you heard the phrase, “Sharing is caring?” As it turns out, sharing your time, energy, expertise and wisdom with others through volunteering, is just as good for you as it is for the recipients....

Community Service Is Not a Sentence… It’s a Joy!

A Heart-Centered Approach To Being Human Community service… what do you think about, when you hear that term? Yes, it’s a non-paying job performed for the benefit of others within the community. But many people think of it as a mandatory sentence, a sort of payback,...

Worthy Volunteer Opportunities for Involved Retirees

A purpose in life is a great thing. When your working life is over and your kids have grown up and gone, that purpose can become volunteering for a worthy cause. It gives you drive, passion, and a meaningful way to spend your time. It can make you feel good about...

Thriving After 50: Lessons Of The Blackbelt

Earning Your Black Belt After 50 Can Be The Most Rewarding Experience My legs still tingle and feel tense from the exertion. My lower back, once in the running for L4,L5, S1 surgery, knows it had a workout. My body is totally spent, despite getting a good nights...

Thriving After Fifty: A Climb Up The Mountain

Thriving After Fifty can be likened to a climb up a mountain. There are times with the climb is easy and fulfilling, the weather cooperates, and you're feeling strong and powerful. There are also those times when you need to take an extra days rest, regroup, and even...

Getting Your Act Together: 7 Ways To Thrive

By Glenn Baja Are you getting your act together? Do you find yourself struggling? Would you be interested in hearing seven ways to thrive? Struggling sucks. Sometimes I struggle with writing. At times I’d rather be cleaning grubby pubic-infested restrooms at a crowded...

Commitment II

By Glenn Baja Commitment. It’s a word I’ve pondered over a lot since my divorce. For 34 years I was married and in a committed relationship. Or was I? In hindsight, I didn’t model a good example of what that word truly represents. But we survived those days, leading...

Commitment

By Glenn Baja Commitment. It’s a word I’ve pondered over a lot since my divorce. For 34 years I was married and in a committed relationship. Or was I? But that's my story. A story to be shared at a later date. The story today is about you... Perhaps you’re beamingly...

Crossroads: The Next Step

The crossroad is directly in front, staring me in the face. It’s time to decide. Time to take the next step. Do I turn left or go right? Wandering further up the same road I’m on is not an option. It hasn’t taken me to where I wish to go. A new road is the only...

Granada: City Of Dreams

By Glenn Baja The school bus (a.k.a. chicken bus) stopped and the doors opened. All I could see from street-side was a curtain of people spilling and overflowing out the aisle way. Not only did we have ourselves and the daypacks on our backs but also an overnight...

You’re A Selfish, Self-Centered, Arrogant, Son-Of-A-Bitch

By Glenn Baja "You're a selfish, self-centered, arrogant, son-of-a-bitch." These are words I'd heard from my ex-wife randomly throughout our 34 year marriage, particularly when she was ticked off at me. Nine times out of ten I'd blow it off as being more her problem...

Victim Of Crime: Costa Rican Style

By Glenn Baja I pushed the shopping cart perpendicular to the aisles, looking for Lezlie. There was only 6 to traverse, not a particularly large grocery store to begin with. I didn't see her. I must of missed her as she passed over to another aisle. I turned and...

Flowin’ & Coastin’ N Costa Rica

By Glenn Baja Tanagers, Motmots, Hummingbirds, Trogons, Honeycreepers, Montezuma Oropendula’s, Kiskadee Flycatcher’s, Toucan’s … the list goes on and on. Many are bird species that you don’t hear of or see in the USA. Over 890 species have been documented in Costa...

Christmas At Amazon: A Life-Sucking Experience

By Glenn Baja It’s over. Finished. Complete. So what’s it like to work at Amazon during the Christmas season, their busiest time of the year? To put it plain and simple, you work your ass off. The life-sucking work is hard and the hours are long. It’s boring,...

Amazon: The Experience Begins

By Glenn Baja Up goes the rear slider. Boxes begin rolling, tumbling, and avalanching their way down to the ground. Inside, it’s nothing but boxes, as far back as the eye can see. The Amazon unloading crew, known as the sort team, begins picking up boxes and setting...

The Power Of Questions

By Glenn Baja The power of questions. Whether conscious of this behavior or not, we all are constantly asking ourselves questions. What should I do now? Why can’t I learn to be like that? How many more days do I need to continue this? When will I finally find what...

Road Warrior Craziness

By Glenn Baja It’s time. Once again, it's road warrior craziness time. Seven days from now I’ll be loading up a 22 foot Rialta mobile-home camper and setting out for seven months on the road. Just my gal and I. Three months of working and four months of exploring. All...

How Do You Handle Relations With The Ex Spouse?

By Glenn Baja This isn't the first time I've been asked. “If your ‘ex spouse’ changed, would you go back to her?” I feel a rise in myself. We’ve been down this path before. Nothing good ever comes out of it. “You’re always in contact with her: calls, text, emails....

Love After 50: Are You Still Healthily In Love?

Are you still healthily in love? Are you enjoying your love relationship after 50 as much as you did in your earlier days? Not certain? You're not the only one. Consider the following: “Americans over 50 are twice as likely to get divorced as people of that age were...

Low Self-Worth: The Internal Battle (Part 2)

(Editors Note: This is part two on low self-worth and how this dis-ease inflicts billions of people on earth. This part discusses steps and measures we can take to battle the internal voices that live inside our head, convincing us that we are not enough. Part 1 can...

Low Self-Worth: The Internal Battle (Part 1)

By Glenn Baja (Editors Note: This is part 1 of a 2 part series on low self-worth and how this dis-ease inflicts billions of people worldwide. This part discusses the pain experienced by having low self worth and the many indicators and forms that low self worth may...

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust

I bend ever so slightly over the edge of the silenced sailboat and stare at the water below. I see my rippled reflection bounced back, moving and disconnected. With grace and compassion, I lower my hand, cupped full, slowly releasing its contents into the clear waters...

Life’s Magic Moments: 5 Lessons To Live By

  By Glenn Baja Reach, slice, pull, push. Reach, slice, pull, push… Steadily I glide, each stroke propelling me strongly forwards. The bottom below resembles a 1970’s shag carpet on steroids, with hundreds–no, make that thousands–of beefy, snub-nosed plants with...

Embracing Patience: 7 Resolutions That Will Change Your Life

By Glenn Baja Solitude. How I love the peace and quiet, particularly on this warm Florida night. The egg-shaped moon is nearly full. Probably 3-4 days away. The sky is clear, with only the mightiest stars visible on the moonlit tapestry above.   Sitting in my shorts,...

5 Life Lessons Of The Train: Tips To Thrive After Fifty

As I travel, continuing my dream to thrive after fifty, I stay attentive to various opportunities that may present special meaning in life. I recently came across one such instance involving trains, and realized there are 5 life lessons of the train that can benefit...

Rewirement vs. Retirement

Rewirement is more than just a catchy word. It is an idea whose time MUST arrive. Consider rewirement a developmental stage in life, much like early childhood, adolescence, or young adulthood. Let's rid ourselves of the term retirement altogether! The synonyms of...

Loss of Self: When Divorce Is the Best Option

  Is Divorce The Best Option To Recover Your Sense Of Self Single at sixty. A place I didn't expect to be. I was married for thirty-four years. I fathered four children. They are long gone from the coop and out on their own. As a young man I questioned why...

That Calling: That Yearning Within After Retirement

What is it that calls out to you... that pulls at you, that lies within that yearns to get out? It's time to retire. Life has flown by. You've put in your 30-40 years at the company, raised a family, educated them, and now they are off living their own independent...