Humans have been running around this planet for approximately 400,000 years. But Baby Boomers are the first generation of people who, as a group, will be living 20 to 30 years into their "retirement." And not just "living" but living healthier and more active lives thanks to medical science and the rapid pace of innovation in successful ageing.
It's been 10 years since I came to Mexico City. I never planned on making it my home but after only a few short months, I had fallen for this chaotically romantic and endlessly surprising city. Living in the United States, nothing depressed me more than having to get into my car and drive out to a strip mall to eat Japanese food, or buy toilet paper, or get my haircut.
My journey helping Baby Boomers make the transition from career to portable income began almost 15 years ago. It started first with a few friends who were "aging out" of their careers like I was. They wanted to "pick my brain" on how to get moving in a direction that offered them more independence and flexibility without the inevitable age bias that was palpable in corporate and small-business Ame
Jillian Feibusch knew early on that there was a better life to be had other than living in the craziness of the San Francisco Bay Area. "I was working as a makeup artist for Chanel. Because of the high cost of living, daily commute, health issues, and the intense desire to do something more with my life, I moved to Costa Rica so I could breathe," she says.
I've always had a special love for Costa Rica. Having family there meant I grew up coming down to visit every year over Christmas vacation or in the summer. It's a place that has always been a part of me and my life. So, when I decided the career I was in wasn't for me, I left my suburban life in Pennsylvania behind and moved to Costa Rica.
The Mediterranean Sea has a sort of calmness about it that makes life seem incredibly peaceful. In the early morning, walking along the promenade that runs parallel to the sea in the seaside town I call home, I couldn't feel any more tranquil.
"I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason," says Scarlett Braden, "and everything happens just when it's supposed to in perfect time." Scarlett who is originally from Memphis, Tennessee came to Cuenca in 2014...and never left.
Meetings almost swallowed me whole. Sucked the life out of me in jobs I loved and brought me to the brink of exhaustion. For much of my career I had jobs I really enjoyed, people I enjoyed working with, and general good times.
As I looked out my car window I saw mountains, sand, and more sand with an occasional saguaro cactus lifting its arms to the hot baking sun. At first I thought it was a mirage, a figment of my imagination, but in the distance was a place where the sand met crystal blue waters and the beach seemed to go on for miles.
By the time I wake up, it's almost noon. I enjoy a lazy breakfast of traditional Croatian meats and cheeses while sitting on my deck. I eat in almost complete peace and quiet, overlooking the undisturbed beach that is mere steps away from my one-bedroom apartment. I slip into my swimsuit and patter down to the sand, where I spend an hour alternating between the warm waters of the Adriatic Sea and the soft, golden sands leading out to them.