Don't Die Before You're Dead

Don't Die Before You're Dead

We know that we never have as much time as we think. So what are we doing about it? We will explore what is possible and hear from those who have dared to muster the courage to live their dreams. Let's discuss real life strategies to live the lives we were meant to live. No putting off till later as later may not be ours. Live now and avoid living in the Land of Regret.

Episodes

November 20, 2022 14 min

After having fallen off the wagon for quite some time, what is needed to get back on? First it begins with acknowledging that it is indeed possible to start where you left off. Yes, it might be embarrassing, a matter of pride but being honest is a great first step. 
Realizing that we are not alone in having fallen is empowering. We are human and we are not alone in facing this issue. Why we face it might be very different but how we...

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My guest Lori Lococo is a current Niagara Falls City Councilor and is running for re-election this fall.  When I first met Lori she was an office administrator for a legal firm and was one of the top district leaders in Toastmasters. 
Listen in as Lori tells how her experiences allowed her to develop key skills for being a team player, for understanding he need for due diligence in decision making and how to be servant leader to her...

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February 17, 2022 43 min

Many ask the question about what's life going to be like after they retire. What can they do? What do they want to do? 
Cindy Pavella retired from her career job dealing with group insurance and employee benefits. After a short hiatus to reset, she settled into an entirely different industry as customer representative for a museum and planetarium.
In this interview, Cindy tells us how she came about making a new life for herself ...

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January 13, 2022 21 min

More than likely the day will come when the memories you hold in your memory bank will be of more value that the money you have deposited in your bank account. At that time, you might be limited in what you can and can't do, can go and can't go but with your memories you are free to redo what you've done and revisit places you've been.
Realize now while you can that those memories will be priceless to you in your gol...

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December 23, 2021 22 min

Now is the time of year when we become more engaged in self reflection.  We know that a brand new year is imminent and we give a thought or two to new year's resolutions.  Even if we don't believe in them, we can't help but let them cross our minds if only to scoff at them.
Many days in the year go by with nary  a thought to how our lives are shaping up. And yet when we see the all too familiar marker of time marching pa...

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November 25, 2021 18 min

From childhood we learn that there are certain things expected from us. We catch on early that our parents then our teachers expect us to behave according to the "norms" we see around us. Those of us who don't adhere to those behaviors soon find that life present challenges that those who do adhere don't tend to face.
For those who live up to the expectations life seems to offer more rewards and opportunities to move...

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October 22, 2021 20 min

Because Covid 19 came with restrictions, lockdowns and border closures,  plans for my Cross Canada tour was not a possibility. Instead of taking on the huge disappointment as a cancellation, I saw it as an opportunity to adjust my plans.
Instead of cross Canada, I opted to fully tour Ontario - a province I had lived in my whole life but never fully explored...till summer 2021.
Instead of being a speaking and book signing tour, it bec...

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August 10, 2021 20 min

It has been a while since my last podcase... kind of sounds like a confession doesn't it?  There are many reasons why and I would have to admit that some of them are really just excuses. I have missed doing them and I have thought more about them  since taking the unintentional break.
To me, our use of time is so critical. I have taught many time management workshops as well as procrastination - Slay the Procrastination Dragon o...

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July 9, 2021 27 min

Many years ago young people would say that they were "going to find themselves." According to Merriam Webster Dictionary this mean to learn what one truly values and wants in life.
This is not the purpose of my tour. I am not looking to find myself but I did discover some things about myself.
Being gone for 4 weeks gave me some experiences provided some insights into my psyche. Some things I was prepared for and others I wasn...

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June 24, 2021 38 min

Quite often when we speak to others, we find that life doesn't always journey in a linear fashion. For some, it takes many years to find exactly what it is that we believe we are meant to do.
Frances Hickmott is no exception. She calls herself a late bloomer as she has journeyed through various experiences. This relates in her recently published Journey to Joy.  While telling her story Frances askes the question about how your ...

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June 18, 2021 19 min

This was to be the summer of Don't Die Before You're Dead tour. Due to Covid many things changed as did my tour.
No longer was I able to secure sponsorship or speaking engagements or book signing events. So much uncertainty left us all unable to make those kinds of decisions. No one knew where we would be at any given time or what we'd be able to do.
So instead of this summer being my 6 month tour, it is now a shorter len...

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Get out of the 9-5 rut! Expand that box...or break out of it! Retirement isn't about "stopping." It's about finding what truly makes you happy and doing what you want for the rest of your life! 
This is what Jacquie Doucette of Beyond Retirement is all about.  Having retired from the military  way too young to be retired, Jacquie reentered but this time as a  civilian. She knew that she wasn't ready and had more ...

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Single?  Trying to find the "one" online with all the multiple dating sites? Frustrated?
With so many it's hard to know where to turn. Does wading through the possibilities only to be disappointed or worse yet be scammed?
Then meet CEO Linda Miller of Misty River Introductions and find out how an offline matchmaker works.  Linda shares what it is she does to first meet and understand her clients, what he or she is looking...

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May 13, 2021 20 min

AS an English teacher I taught John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men  and for those of you who know the story, the key line is ... "the best laid plans of mice and men".
We often have plans whether they be super crucial or just simply a task list. Either way, when things go awry, we need to adjust. So my question would be, just how flexible are you? What do you do when your day falls apart.
Here are some tips that I found to h...

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May 5, 2021 43 min

Alison Pena  - aka The Bad Widow - hails from New York. She lost her husband to pancreatic cancer in 2016 and faced the same brokenness that many of her clients face. The first year took its toll as she mourned much of the things that she and her husband used to do together. 
Like most widows, she was tunneling in and avoiding people as she was maneuvering the wasteland of grief.
Alison called upon her resilience as she started wanti...

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April 29, 2021 18 min

So what are you going to do?  This is what I am getting asked all the time seeing as how Covid had locked us down and I can't head out on my cross-Canada tour on May 10th as planned.
There are many options: cancel the tour, postponed till next year, do part this year and the rest next year. 
All except cancelling the tour are under discussion with me, myself and I.  My camper is in build mode and will be completed so that when I ...

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April 21, 2021 46 min

Trav Bell is a Bucket Listologist. Since the age of 18, he has always carried around with him in his little blue book, a list of things "to do" before he dies.  On the list was becoming a personal trainer and when he did he was one of the first in Australia.
Trav built a sizable business in the brick and mortar world until it became too overwhelming for him and he got caught in a downward spiral. Refusing to take medications...

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April 14, 2021 21 min

When faced with those big decisions, many people find it somewhat fearful and anxiety producing. They readily agree that it takes courage to face change and enter into transitions. Maybe it will be changing careers, or moving to a new location or perhaps going into retirement. All of these come with a measure of risk needing courage to implement.
But where does the courage come from? How can it be built up?
From personal experience, ...

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March 31, 2021 19 min

Would you agree that we are exactly where we are based on the cumulative effect of all the choices made in our life? Some were made for us and others were made by us. 
When it comes to the choices that you made, what did you apply as your decision making tool? If you were just deciding what to have for breakfast, it would be quite easy and probably based on fast experiences. The difficulty comes when the decisions are important to o...

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