Longevity Lesson from Hong Kong

Narrowly beating residents of Japan and other ‘Blue Zones’ in recent years, the population in Hong Kong now has the highest life expectancy in the world. 

When I met 101 year old great grand-aunt for the first time, I was delighted that she opened up about her love conquests including her current one.

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Natalie Yan-Chatonsky
Longevity Lessons from Loma Linda

Loma Linda in California has been most intriguing Blue Zone for me as it’s less obvious as to why this town of about 24,000 residents can expect to live at least 10 years longer than the average American where nationally for the last 2 years in a row there’s been a statistically significant drop.

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Natalie Yan-Chatonsky
Get on board as a company director

Dianne Hill’s Facebook feed tends to fill her friends with envy. She is often out of town for the weekend – or off on some exotic overseas holiday.  Looks like she’s got way more “free time” than the rest of us, so we found out how she got on board as being a company director.

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Living the Dream in Italy

Lise Angus is doing what many of us have fantasised about – living in Italy, learning the language and immersing herself in la dolce vita. After a career in business development and marketing roles in the travel and hospitality industries, while single parenting her three children, this trip is a well deserved tick off the bucket-list.

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Natalie Yan-Chatonsky
The age pension isn’t the issue

The recent debate about whether Australia should or shouldn’t raise the age pension is important, but it isn’t the debate we should be having. The real problem is that more and more people in their 50s, 60s and 70s want to work but are not able to find jobs which keep them engaged and interested. This is the critical issue which we need to address as a nation.

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Jake Waddell
Creating a life beyond full-time work

We’re thrilled to be able to share the story of Spike Spearman as she transitions from full-time PR consultant to full-time life. Spike shares her ups and downs and what she learned as she built a new life for herself full of work, outdoor adventures, Qigong, cafes, movies and theatre.

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Jake Waddell
Longevity lessons from Okinawa and France

I consider myself both a Japanophile and Francophile. I've spent considerable stretches of time in Japan and France studying the language and culture. We Aussies have a lot to learn from the traditional attitudes and way of life in southern France and Japan - specifically Okinawa.

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Natalie Yan-Chatonsky
What makes a ‘rich’ life?

While money might not make you happy, we all know we need it to live comfortably and well. We facilitated a lunch discussion around what makes a ‘rich’ life, how priorities and lifestyles change and ways to increase your wealth while not working full time.

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Natalie Yan-Chatonsky
How did our purposeful side hustle event go?

Well, we had a great time. And from the feedback we received afterwards it seems like it wasn’t just us. We were delighted that so many people got in touch afterwards and told us that they met lots of friendly interesting people and that they loved the raw, authentic honesty of our speakers.

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Jake Waddell
How to find the volunteer role that’s right for you

When it’s working well, volunteering is fantastic for everyone involved. Charities get free, motivated, passionate workers and volunteers are happy knowing they’re making a difference for a cause they care about. But while volunteering can be great, the difficulty is often finding the role that’s right for you. Check out our guide to volunteering for some help in finding the role that’s right for you.

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Full Time Lives 2017 retrospective

With the new year upon us, now’s the time to prepare for a great year ahead by running a ‘retrospective’ on your past year. Retrospective meetings are commonly used by Agile software development teams, and increasingly other business areas, to reflect on a recent project or period of work and see if it could have been improved.

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Natalie Yan-Chatonsky
Persevering in a job you don’t enjoy?

Sometimes we persevere in job for the wrong reasons. We stick it out until a retirement date, or we feel that we need the income, security or status that the job provides. 

What if, instead of thinking our options are limited, we instead saw our possibilities as abundant?

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Jake Waddell