Cuban Adventure: To See with New Eyes

by Mary Radu on April 24, 2018 · 3 comments

There ought to be a banner in the arrivals hall at Havana airport that reads ‘Abandon preconceptions, all ye who enter here’. ~ Lonely Planet Our plans to go to Cuba were made before Hurricane Irma and her 160-mile per hour winds pummeled a two-hundred-mile stretch of Cuba’s northern coast, including Havana, in September. We […]

Mary’s Personal “Go Local” Campaign

by Charli Depner on March 3, 2018 · 0 comments

So often we go about our lives, barely noticing how time flies by and what the past years and months have meant to us.  Recently I was asked to be interviewed for a short article about “me” for the Life Planning Network newsletter.  It allowed me to reflect on some of the key accomplishments I’ve […]

Finding New Work That Works for You!

by Mary Radu on August 29, 2016 · 0 comments

Sit back and watch this video to learn more ….. Work changes that are experienced when approaching the later stages of career and potential retirement can feel staggering. Some face changes triggered by downsizing. Others yearn to be more meaningfully engaged, full or part-time for pay. Those facing retirement are challenged to envision a future […]

What Will Your Legacy Be?

by Mary on March 15, 2016 · 0 comments

President Obama’s Past Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, was quoted as saying “never waste the opportunity that a crisis brings to the table.”  Leaders during earlier world crises challenged us to come together with strength and conviction to lift ourselves up along with helping our fellow world citizens who are in need. This recession is […]

Savor Your Harvest

December 6, 2015 Meaningful Living

This year’s Northern California Wine Country grape and fruit harvest has been amazingly abundant. From Spring through Fall, when the cold sets in, it’s a juggling act: coaching practice, volunteer activities as well as putting on my “Farmer Hat” growing and harvesting tomatoes, luscious peaches, juicy grapes, figs and other produce (Mother Nature doesn’t use […]

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Gandhi … Be the Change! Work as a Vehicle for Meaning and Impact

October 8, 2015 Work Reimagined

A new definition of work is emerging that goes beyond financial rewards in the workplace. I’d like to share some ideas with you meant to shift your beliefs about work and open up opportunities for greater fulfillment and meaning in your life. During the lead-up to Indian independence in the 1940’s Mahatma Gandhi challenged his […]

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Are You Calcified…In A Rut?

September 9, 2015 It's All About Perspective

Who would have thought that Jamie Lee Curtis, the funny and sexy actress in the movie A Fish Called Wanda would be handing out clues for how to live a meaningful life.  During a recent airplane flight I picked up an article about Jamie that got me thinking about how to shed ill-fitting, old ways […]

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The Accidental Entrepreneur

June 15, 2015 Work Reimagined

A New Start in the Second Half of Life First published in LPN-Q: the Quarterly Journal of The Life Planning Network In 2009, my husband and I moved from our previous home in Northern California to a new community about an hour away. We had chosen it as our home base for the rest of our lives. We rented until after about […]

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Plan B for Care

July 9, 2013 Practical Longevity Planning

What’s your Plan B? Beth is a single woman living alone.  Entering her home one night she tripped over her cat, leaving her with a torn hamstring that was both painful and limited her mobility.  She was told by her doctor that this injury would fully heal, however she could expect that her mobility would […]

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Let Go

May 9, 2013 It's All About Perspective

Do you sometimes find yourself sleepless at night with thoughts about a concern churning through your head, keeping you awake and leaving you without energy to face the next day? Or maybe there is a challenging task that you procrastinate on completing, leaving your stomach tied up in knots and feeling disappointed in yourself because […]

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Live Smart After 50!

March 27, 2013 Practical Longevity Planning

What do LIFE PLANNING, WORK, CAREGIVING and LIVING on PURPOSE have to do with YOU? Recently I had the privilege of being interviewed by Dr. Zara Larsen, host of Tucson’s live FM talk radio show “Circles of Change”. Along with five other members of the Life Planning Network, I participated in her special series of […]

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Longevity Planning: Practical Approaches to Managing Life Transitions (Part Two)

October 17, 2011 Practical Longevity Planning

Mary Radu, MS, MSW, CPCC, Certified Professional Coach and Philanthropy Consultant Invites you to listen to a podcast of the Commonwealth Club of California! What do I want to accomplish?  Where do I want to go from here?  How can I intentionally share my resources during this phase of my life as well as when […]

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Longevity Planning: Practical Approaches to Managing Life Transitions (Part One)

October 13, 2011 Practical Longevity Planning

Mary Radu, MS, MSW, CPCC, Certified Professional Coach and Philanthropy Consultant Invites you to listen to a podcast of the Commonwealth Club of California! Have you considered how you’ll be living the remainder of your lifetime? We are all part of an aging nation and world.  For a healthy 65-year-old couple, there is a 50 […]

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Dealing with What Life Hands You

November 3, 2010 It's All About Perspective

“We don’t get to a choice about what hand we are dealt in this life.  The only choice we have is our attitude about the cards we hold and the finesse with which we play our hand.” Quote from It’s Easier Than You Think, Sylvia Boorstein I recently led a class for 50+ men and […]

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Will this be the best ever for you?

January 14, 2010 Meaningful Living

Recently I received an email with this wish: May 2010 be the best year of your life!!! Don’t you want this coming year to be the best ever for you?  Since life happens one moment and one day at a time, the only time you can impact how well your life will be lived is today.  We […]

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What is the Meaning in Your Thanksgiving?

November 26, 2009 Meaningful Living

Are you fortunate enough to have good food and enjoyable gatherings with loved ones as central ingredients in your holiday season? If so, I hope that you’ll take some special moments to celebration a deeper expression of Thanksgiving… expressing gratitude for the abundance in your life. Research findings reported in Born To Be Good by […]

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Boomers…is a Virtual Village on the horizon for you?

October 13, 2009 Practical Longevity Planning

Our busy lives and the daily challenges we face in the current economic climate take up a lot of time and energy. And I suspect that still you’ve each had moments when you’ve wondered, worried and perhaps even begun making some plans about what your life will look like 10 to 20 years from now. […]

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Taking Positive Steps to Survive and Thrive the New Economic Realities

September 22, 2009 Practical Longevity Planning

Every once in a while something comes by my desk that I believe will be of value to you. I thought you would find the information below very valuable to help you be a “Positive Change Maker” of your own life and keep you on course for what’s truly important during your life’s next stages. […]

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Turning the Common into Uncommon, Meaningful Moments

September 1, 2009 It's All About Perspective

A Date in the Garden I recently made a date with my basil plants, all six of them, that I carefully planted in the raised beds soon after we moved into our temporary rental house this past May. I remember what fun it was picking them out at the organic nursery soon after a very […]

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5 Minute Tune-up for Healthy, Meaningful Living

August 10, 2009 Meaningful Living

You’ve probably heard the old adage that your health is your most important asset. In effect, your physical health is the foundation which allows you to live fully and enjoyably. During a daily walk, I stopped for a break at a bridge overlooking a beautiful creek. As the water sparkled and danced, I found myself […]

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