Hi I'm Pat
On this page there's a few details of how we're managing our lifestyle - blocking time for work and other things that are important to us. Having that balance for us is part of being happy. I look at happiness as a continuum which you are always moving along from very happy times to sad times. There's always going to be unhappy times - that's part of living - but even in the saddest of times there are things you can do to start moving yourself along this happiness continuum to a better place. It's about understanding and managing yourself, and at times it's also about recognising and accepting the support you need.
Below is a description of a few things we do to start you thinking:
Wendy and I don't want to retire even if we had enough money to do so - work is just too important a part of life to stop. We need to earn and we want to contribute. We also want to be able to do the other things we enjoy.
There are a couple of key financial principles that help us achieve this balance:
So far this combination has enabled the lifestyle we want. To travel, to work, to have no winters, and to have the flexibility to choose the things we want to do.
Here's a few details:
Hope this has been helpful.