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Subtraction Improving Boomers Lives

Subtraction Improving Boomer Lives

Subtraction means removing things and in this context means removing things from your life to improve it. What you remove from your life can be just as meaningful as what you add.

Most of our lives we were are adding things to improve our lives and happiness. We added cars, houses, boats, concerts, jewelry and all kinds of stuff. We also wanted to see and do as much as we could. For so long the more we added the more we thought it added to our happiness.

However after a lifetime of adding many baby boomers are now finding out how to improve their lives by subtraction, removing things.

Examples of Improving Their Lives by Subtraction

For example, Jim says he doesn’t like to watch TV anymore more. He doesn’t need those lights flickering in his face and the loud commercials and besides there is very little content of value to him anyway.

Ann is cleaning house and getting rid of a lifetime of stuff that was just sitting around. I don’t want my kids to have to go through all this stuff. With every load I take out I am feeling lighter and better.

John and Marie are selling their large home and downsizing to a moderate size ranch with basement. We don’t need or want a large home anymore. This will reduce the time and money needed for upkeep plus give them more livable housing that meets their needs better.

Tony has been a political junkie for a while and used to get real passionate about it. He has gotten out of that. He says “You are not going to change anyone’s mind. Besides both sides may be corrupt so what’s the use. I don’t think I want to change the world anymore. There are more positive and better things to do with my time.”

James says he quit following any sports teams. When the baseball players went on strike years ago that was the beginning of the end for him. I don’t need the hype before and during the games. Besides it’s hard seeing the huge salaries being paid these days to guys with awful attitudes getting into trouble all the time. I can do without professional sports.

Fred has his main house and two second home condos. The upkeep is expensive both time and money wise. He is thinking of selling them.

So rather than adding the above are some ways boomers are subtracting and improving their lives by doing so. These are just examples. Your subtraction will be different than mine. The important point to be aware of is that for many boomers removing is becoming more important than adding.

Examples of subtraction used to improve your life by reducing or avoiding risks are given in my post: Aging Boomers: Avoid These Downside Risks

In general subtraction can improve your life by: simplifies your live. Less to keep up with. Less risks. By removing things you can better focus on a meaningful life. Maybe you want to focus on enjoying nature, friends, family, travel, gardening, trips, museums, getting outdoors, volunteering, learning, and healthcare or whatever floats your boat. Removing things can let you focus on what you want to do today. That will improve your happiness for sure.

I think this concept is important so I am making the by line of this blog “Less work and things, more people and activities”.

Reasons to Attend AARP’s Lifeat50+ in Boston

Reasons to Attend AARP’s Lifeat50+ in Boston

Every year, the AARP holds two national conventions (one in the spring and one in the fall), called Life@50+. The host cities change each year; for 2014, Boston and San Diego will host. The spring event, scheduled for May 8 – 10, will be held in Boston.

So, what is Life@50+, and why should you attend? And, are there any special advantages to attending the Boston event? Here are a few reasons these conventions draw thousands of attendees each year, and some particular incentives to head out to Boston this May:

·    The “Oldies Concerts” are prime entertainment: Both Friday and Saturday evenings offer special guest artists. The Spinners / Mary Wilson (one of the Supremes) will perform on Friday – with a big dance floor available to get your groove on – and the Moody Blues are scheduled on Saturday.

·    Celebrity appearances: This year in Boston, some of the big names you may see presenting include Whoopi Goldberg, Jay Leno, Dan Marino, Cuban-American musician Emilio Estefan, Linda Ronstadt, and Captain Richard Phillips (of the pirate-hijacked MV Maersk Alabama). You may also see an interview with Laura and Barbara Bush.

·    Lifestyles Sessions: Sessions offered this spring include topics on travel, retirement financing, health care, the “pursuit of happiness,” and – always a favorite – the Movies for Grownups Film Festival.

·    An opportunity to develop new relationships: Attending a gathering of 50+ individuals from across the country can lead to new friendships or networking opportunities. Over 12,000 Baby Boomers are expected to attend. You may even meet some travel buddies for your next retirement trip!

·    Information regarding new health innovations: See how technological advances in healthcare and communications can improve your life. 10 different leaders in the health technology industry will be in Boston to participate in the “Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch” session.

·    Over 400 exhibitors: The exhibition floor will be packed with booths exhibiting senior-friendly products, services, and special deals for AARP members.

Of course, simply taking a trip to Boston can be an enticement in itself. Boston offers a number of tours and attractions, including an Old Town Trolley Tour, the New England Aquarium, the USS Constitution, Chinatown, the Spirit of Boston Lunch Cruise, or a luxurious day trip on the Cape Cod and Provincetown Ferry.
Best of all, the Life@50+ convention is extremely affordable! General admission to the entire 3-day event is only $25. If you are ready to plan your trip to Boston this May, go to Life@50+ Boston to start the registration process today.

Also see:
Lifeat50+ Boston on Pinterest
10 Good Reasons to Attend AARP’s LIfeat50 Event in Boston

Moody Blues in Boston


Expedia CruiseShipCenters

Boomer Travel – Expedia CruiseShipCenters

Boomer Travel – Expedia CruiseShipCenters

Well I just booked my third cruise this year and this will be my twenty first cruise altogether.  I got a good deal with a different travel agent other that I had been using.

cruise ship centersExpedia CruiseShipCenters I had heard about since they are an AARP travel provider.  When an office recently opened here in Johns Creek GA (Expedia CruiseShipCenter in Johns Creek) just down the street I went to their open house.

My wife Mary Ann and I met with Vince and Dave and even walked out with a $100 grand opening gift certificate. They were personable and not pushy at all.  Most of all they were knowledgeable.

So now a few weeks later Mary Ann found a transition cruise on the Princess Royal she wanted to take. I printed the quote from our on line research and headed down to talk with Vince about booking it.  It already had a very low Captains Circle special price so I was not expecting any lower price or any extras, except maybe the $100 gift certificate but mostly wanted to give them a try.  It would be nice to have a local cruise agent who I could talk with in person.

I gave Vince the on line cruise quote and our Captain Circle numbers.  The deal Vince came up with was much better. Very much better than I was expecting.

Besides the future cruise credits, we got another $200 on board credit for the Captains Circle (in addition to the lower Captains Circle price), plus an on board cruise of $100 for Military service plus $100 gift from Expedia CrusieShipCenters.  Wow, that’s $500 on board credit for a very low priced transition cruise aboard the Royal Princess.

I have never gotten a better deal than the website quoted price.  So I was happy.  But wait it gets better, it seems Expedia CruiseShipCenters has a sale going on April 1 through April 18th and we are getting FREE Gratuities! Wow that is worth some money.

So we got a great low price on our cruise, plus $500 on board credit, plus free gratuities. Needless to say, I am very happy to have established this new relationship with our local CruiseShipCenters office and the next time we come in to talk about future cruise bookings, Vince and Dave will have everything on file for us.

If you are in North Fulton County GA, stop by our Johns Creek CruiseShipCenters office located in the Kroger Shopping Center near State Bridge and Jones Bridge and ask for Dave Sherman. Their office phone is 678-712-5059.

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