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Do you want to be happier?"You now have the knowledge and the power to take control of your own happiness. By doing that, you can help but make the world a better place."I stopped reading the newspaper and started reading a good book in the morning. It made a huge impact in our lives. If you aren't a reader, there is another way. In a 2004 study, participants wrote for 20 minutes each day for three days about either a positive life experience or a control topic. Writing about positive experiences led to higher level of happiness, improved physical health and increased focus for up to six weeks after the writing exercise. In a 2019 study, researchers at the University of Cambridge found that positive memory activation dampened cortisol responses and improved mood. In the 4 Part Happiness Series four scientifically proven strategies to create deeper purpose and meaning in your life were shared.  We'd love to hear the impact they have in your life.In this episode, you will learn the following:1. A simple, proven strategy to create purpose and meaning in your life.2. The immediate positive results and long term benefits of writing about positive experiences.3. How taking control of your own happiness can help make the world a better place.Support the show
Why not start your day off with a calming meditation practice?"Meditation has many health benefits, but only if you commit to a regular meditation practice and do it regularly."I was motivated to create a daily meditation practice after hearing about all the health benefits it can have. I started meditating decades ago and now I do it every day. It's helped me to become more purposeful and create deeper meaning in my life. I'm always looking for ways to improve my practice and make it more beneficial for me. I love hearing about other people's meditation practices and how they've benefited from them.In this episode, you will learn the following:1. The Science of Happiness: How to Create a More Purposeful and Meaningful Life2. The Many Health Benefits of Meditation3. Tips on How to Get Started with your own Meditation Practice.Link to Positive Psychology Article with 16 Health Benefits of MeditationSupport the show
In the 1970's the Dalai Lama said that we can physically change and rewire our brains by thought alone, and recent scientific research has proven this to be true. If you're looking for a mood boost, exercise may be just what you need."Extensive scientific research has proven what the Dalai Lama said in the we can physically change and rewire our brains by thought alone."In this episode, you will learn the following:1. The many health benefits of exercise, including reducing mortality and treating symptoms of major depression. 2. How exercise regulates our appetite hormones, increases our metabolic rate, and improves the quality and duration of our sleep. 3. The fact that physical exercise is a rarely prescribed treatment, despite its many benefits.Resources:Link to NIH StudyChapter Summaries: In this episode, we focus on the second habit you can practice to increase your level of happiness. If you started to implement the first habit that we covered in part one, I'd love to hear your feedback.A team member was going through a rough patch in her marriage. She wanted to start exercising, but she didn't know the benefits of exercise. She was surprised to know that Dawn exercises 2 hours every day. In part three, Dawn  shares another part of her morning routine.A National Institute of Health study found that exercise is effective in reducing mortality and in treating symptoms of major depression. Exercise is underutilized by clinicians. Big Pharma doesn't write prescriptions for exercise because they don't make money from it.  Ageism is the worst excuse to not prescribe exercise.A regular exercise practice will increase your level of happiness. You must make a commitment to make the time for it.  Here are the steps in using the strategy to increase your level of happiness 1) commit to an exercise routine 2) start small and increase it gradually. 3) Pick activities you enjoy 4) Consider any health challenges and pick your exercise accordingly. Are you motivated to create a daily exercise routine? How often? Let's us know!Support the show
Do you want to live a fuller and more adventurous life after retirement?  Do you know what comes next after the sale of a business you love? In this episode, you will learn: 1. What it's like to sell a business overseas;  2. The joys of retiring or semi-retiring to a life of travel and adventure;  3. What it's like to be a volunteer for a turtle conservation effort - or manage it."The opportunity to do it here where it's so gorgeous and the water is warm and it's really special."Jim Silver is a former business owner and real estate broker who has turned his attention to volunteerism, writing, music and photography in retirement. He is an avid traveler and adventurer, and spends his time exploring the world and enjoys sharing his stories with others.Jim Silver was our guest on Episode 19 of the Overseas Life Redesign Podcast, where he talked about living a good life and while running a dream dive business. He has since sold his business and is now doing fun things that bring him purpose and meaning. He recently took a trip to Cozumel to dive and do underwater photography for fun. He also has some book projects that he is working on.After five years of working in a dive business in Mexico, he decided to sell the business. He was a PADI Dive Master/Instructor. The business requires a boat and requires a lot of time and effort. It's a business that requires employees, insurance, taxes and a sole proprietor. This year the turtle farm in Isla Mujeres, Mexico was taken back by the government, probably due to mismanagement.  The new director of environment and ecology needed volunteers to help with the conservation efforts previously managed by the Tortuga Farm. Jim has been diving with the turtles during mating season off the south tip of the island for eight years and has been taking pictures of them turtles are an endangered species in Mexico they lay a lot of eggs on the beaches.  He realized they needed a lot of help, particularly someone to  to manage the effort. Jim "picked up the clipboard" and is so glad he did.Here is Episode 19 with Jim Silver's Dive Business Story.Support the show
Find your purpose to create a happy, healthy and more joyful life. In this episode, you will learn: 1. The importance of having a sense of purpose in life and creating it during your Midlife Awakening 2. How Jem Fuller's experiences traveling the world have shaped his perspective 3. The benefits of having a sense of meaningful work or purpose in one's life"Most humans I meet and talk with when we start to explore a sense of purpose to their life, it's got something to do with helping others, for sure. And so that can be whatever that is for you."Jem Fuller is an author, speaker, and coach who helps leaders and their teams create more ease and flow and success through healthy habitual practices.Jem Fuller has always loved to travel and explore different cultures. When he was 18, he left Australia to backpack around Europe and the Middle East. He fell in love with the Indian subcontinent and spent the next decade living and working there. In his early 40s, he went through a divorce and lost everything except for his two sons. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as it gave him the opportunity to start over and pursue his passion for helping others. He now works as a speaker and coach, helping leaders and their teams create more ease and flow in their lives.In this episode, you will learn the following:1. The importance of having a sense of purpose in life 2. How Jem Fuller's experiences traveling the world have shaped his perspective 3. The benefits of having a sense of meaningful work or purpose in one's lifeJem's favorite part of his work is running conscious leadership retreats. He has taken hundreds of people on retreats around the world. He believes that to expand our experience of existing, of being, we need to step outside of our comfort zone. Jem's book, Art of Conscious Communication, was published late last year. He also did a Ted Talk which you may find by going here.Here is Jem Fuller's website.Support the show
In this episode, you will learn: 1. How Chris and Susan Beesley went from being successful accountants to losing everything in the 2008 financial crash, and then having to start over 2. How the Beesleys were able to turn their situation around by reframing their mindset and focusing on solutions 3. The importance of sharing your story and helping others through difficult times."The best things lie outside your comfort zone."Chris and Susan Beesley are former accountants and management consultants who have achieved an amazing lifestyle. They love skiing and traveling the world, and their mission is to help others do the same.The Beesleys have been married for 30 years and have worked together as accountants and management consultants for 15 of those years. In 2005, they decided to invest in property and took a course to learn how to do it properly. They were doing well until 2008 when the financial crash hit and they lost everything. They managed to hang on to a few properties, but the pandemic in 2020 was the final straw. They sold their property and are now living a more nomadic lifestyle, traveling the world and helping others do the same.https://www.livingtheretirementlifestyle.comSupport the show
If you're feeling stuck in a cycle of unhappiness and you're not sure how to get out, then this episode is for you!"Happiness is an inside job. There is no one who can give it to you. There are people who can support your journey. There are people who can inspire you to keep going. There are people who can educate you about relevant concepts, but nobody can do the work for you"Ridgely Goldsborough is a businessperson, author, and speaker who has lived and worked all over the world. He is best known for his work with Jim Rohn, where he served as Rohn's voice in Latin America.This is Ridgely Goldsborough's story...Ridgely Goldsborough has had an interesting life, to say the least. He was born in the US, but his mother took him to Europe when he was six years old. They ended up settling in Switzerland, and then later moving to Spain.  He learned French and Spanish as his first languages, with English becoming his third language. When he was 17, he finally returned to the US. He worked with Jim Rohn for two years, traveling around Latin America and Spain. He also got the chance to work in Southeast Asia, which he found to be a completely different world. After getting a master's degree in global citizenship, he now has a better understanding of what it means to be a global citizen.In this episode, you will learn the following:1. What it was like for Ridgely Goldsborough to grow up overseas in multiple countries, learning multiple languages2. What it was like for Ridgely to work with Jim Rohn for two years, and how that experience changed him3. What it is that global citizenship entails, as explained by someone with a master's degree in the subject.To connect with Ridgely go here.Support the show
In this episode Dawn provides an overview and results of a recent released study, Longevity and the New Journey of Retirement.  Age Wave and Edward Jones surveyed more than 11,000 North American adults, largely pre-retirees and retirees, to explore how the journey of retirement unfolds, the patterns of people’s experience in retirement, and the keys to thriving along the way. Some highlights include: Today’s retirees appreciate their longevity and they now count the ideal length of retirement at an average of 29 years. The majority now view retirement as “a new chapter of life,” while only a quarter still think of it as the traditional “time for rest and relaxation.”  Retirees who are thriving today were well-prepared for entering this stage of life and made more focused preparation.The Work/retirement lines have blurred. There is no clear definition of when retirement starts, and 59% of retirees and pre-retirees said an ideal mix of work and leisure in retirement includes some work. Support the show
Retirement is not what it's cracked up to be for those who don't understand the four phases of retirement and how to find satisfaction in later life."The successful ingredients of a good retirement have to include an assumption, which I always make in my workshops, that good health has to be a given and so does a fairly stable financial situation."Dr. Riley Moynes is an author, consultant, and educator with over 40 years of experience in the field of retirement. He is best known for his work on the Four Phases of Retirement, which outlines the different stages of retirement and offers advice on how to make the most of each phase.This is Dr. Riley Moynes's story...Dr. Riley Moynes struggled in retirement until he realized that he needed a sense of purpose. He found that many people shared his experience and decided to write a book about it. The book, "The Four Phases of Retirement," outlines the different stages of retirement and offers advice on how to make the most of it. In the fourth and final phase, retirees find a new sense of purpose that brings them happiness and fulfillment..In this episode, you will learn the following:1. How people's expectations of retirement often don't match reality, leading to feelings of loss and depression2. The importance of finding a sense of purpose in retirement3. The idea that the happiest retirees are those who have found a way to make a contribution in their later yearsResources:https://thefourphases.comDr. Moynes Ted TalkChapter Summaries:1) Dr. Riley Moynes is author of the best selling book the Four Phases of Retirement: what to Expect When You're Retiring. Dawn has just finished reading his book and is excited to hear more about his work on her show Magnetic Monday with Dawn.2) After 40 years of working,  he retired. He struggled in the first phase of his retirement, and then he found his stride in the second phase. He has written a book based on his research and interviews with people who have been through the same thing. He finds that most information on retirement is focused on the financial side.3) Good health and stable financial situation are key to a successful retirement. People need to have a sense of purpose and do something that makes them want to get up in the morning and get involved in things. In the vacation phase of his retirement, he was more egocentric and it was all about him.4) Join us for a free workshop to plan your overseas beta test. We'll help you plan and execute your perfect exit. For more information, go here. 5) About 50% to 60% of retirees break through to phase four. They reinvent themselves, they rewire, and they find a thing or things that make them want to get up in the morning. Research shows that with a sense of purpose we are more likely to stay healthier and to live longer.6) People are surprised when they get to Phase Two of their life and they find it difficult to move out of it. The key is a sense of purpose. People need to remember the things that they love to do and have done well over the years. People have to be open to change and not afraid to fail. Connect with me:InstagramFacebookTwitterLinkedIn Website: the show
In this episode Dawn dives into the Power of Belief and its impact on making dreams a reality. There are two components and that they are equally as important 1) Dreaming Big; and 2) Acting Daily - so we break them down. Dawn also discusses the #1 Dream Killer to look out for and how to remove obstacles that keep us from living our dream life.  Remember the saying "you are what you eat?" the same  can be said about what we think.  Discover the 3 keys to removing mental blocks that prevent  us from realizing our dreams.  To create a life with purpose and meaning, it all starts with our mindset.  The book Dawn references in ths episode is Predictably Irrational byDr. Dan Ariely. Support the show
Ten years ago, no one in the United States thought a civil war was a possibility, much less talked about it. In recent polls, nearly 50% of Americans think a civil war is coming.  For over 240 two years, America was a shining example to the world of how the peaceful transition of power works in a democracy.  The Shining Beacon on the Hill sadly has lost its luster. Hopefully it will not only be restored so there can be a more perfect union, and America may once again set a good example for the rest of the world. The good news is that voter participation is up dramatically since the late 1990s. The bad news: historically it has taken war to solve society’s big problems. Even if you decide not to leave the United States, it may still be prudent to move some of your assets out of the country. Having a Plan B is very wise, even if you never implement it. Register for Dawn's free workshop at the show
One of my mentors, John Addison said: "if it's easy, it's sleazy." He was onto something, because I see it all the time now that I'm out of the network marketing industry. People try to sell me on get-rich-quick schemes, but I know better. I know that there's always a price to pay for everything in life. Take inflation, for example. It's running rampant and it doesn't seem like there's any end in sight. My brother John, who's a 9th grade science teacher, always tells his students that part of the reason he teaches them science is so that they can critically think and avoid being taken advantage of as adults. And he's right and it helps if you're financially illiterate.In this episode, you will learn the following:1. The importance of financial literacy and education2. The role that debt can play in achieving financial goals3. The reality of inflation and its causes4. Practical steps to address inflation on a personal level5. Info on the Plan Your Overseas Beta Test Workshop on July 23, 2002, register here.Resources:The Richest  Man in Babylon bookFollow me on:Instagram: @overseaspatsLinkedIn: the show
Happy Summer Solstice and let’s Make Some Magic! “You’re not thinking Big Enough!”  Thinking Big is a skill. Think of it as a muscle we need to rep. Dawn  will share how we can develop this skill to improve ALL areas of our life.  How our Overseas Life Redesign Community Core Values create the perfect environment to "Dream Big and Act on it Daily".  What's coming next at as we unveil our new live workshop to help you plan and execute your Overseas Life Beta Test. Join us the LIVE VIDEO of this podcast by going to and click on Community.Support the show
Aristotle used  "eudaimonia" to describe the highest good humans can strive toward – to describe a life ‘well lived’. Some translate it as ‘happiness’. For Aristotle, it meant practicing virtues like courage, wisdom, good humor, kindness, and moderation. Perhaps "flourishing" or "prosperity" is a better word. They conjure an image of one who’s successful, healthy, and enjoys a good life, and perhaps a bit of good fortune.The Japanese have an ancient but familiar concept called “ikigai”. It means “a reason to get up in the morning” or more eloquently “waking up to joy”. It’s related to the concept of “flow”.  It is our Best Moments: when we do what we love, what we are good at and if we are fortunate - also brings value to the lives of others.  How can you wake up to joy? Listen to hear the steps.Support the show
Alex started her career in hospitality, a service industry. She quickly realized it was not employee friendly and decide to make a change. She now runs a thriving business she can run from anywhere! As a result she and her partner Conner (also a remote worker) decided to try a two month beta test in Tulum, Mexico.In this episode, you will learn the following:1. What it's like to live overseas versus vacationing overseas2. How to navigate unfamiliar grocery stores and markets3. How to create an income that allows you to live and work anywhere!Learn more about and connect with Alex by going here.  Join us in our OLR Community on Circle by going here.Support the show
The United States spends 18% of Gross Domestic Product on health care consumption. Other developed nations spend about about half that amount.  While the US is #1 in spending, it ranks a paltry #37 in quality. If you want Top Shelf medical care, you won't find it in the US. From drug shortages to opaque pricing, doctor, nurse and medical provider burn out to  poor patient outcomes - the US system is run more like a cartel. Their philosophy is Profits over Patients.  For a refreshing approach, where you get great care at bargain prices, listen to how healthcare is delivered South of the Border.  If you would like to know more about the plan Dawn describes - and has herself - go here.Support the show
Special May 16th Virtual Anniversary Party (19 Years!) with Dawn & Tom . We kick it off with Tom sharing how he manifested Crewing on the Winning Sailboat in the Classic Foxy’s Wooden Boat Regatta in the British Virgin Islands. It's Quite a Story!  We also announce we are moving our OLR Community over here!Support the show
How do you define work? We dive into the financial and personal role of work in our lives. Cultural differences in how communities view work. How moving overseas increases your options and choices about how we work.  Here are links to the books Dawn mentioned Your Money or Your Life and The New Retirementality.Support the show
FIRE stands for, financial independence retire early.  The movement started a little over a decade ago, some books were written about the concept and then the millennials really climbed onboard. A big part of it is that people are really frustrated  - that has lead to The Great Resignation.  We just don’t want to have to work at a job (they hate) forever and never be able to retire.  There are a lot of factors that have made it popular, but, as you look closer at the core philosophies, for most people, it's probably not going to work. Dawn strongly disagrees with a lot of the FIRE's underlying principles. In this episode she  unpacks the FIRE movement, why it's problematic. Dawn explains the first part of her ESCAPE Wealth Philosophy - a much better philosophy and strategy in her opinion. Support the show
Lisa Godfrey-Hayes had a passion for travel, even though she had never left Alabama.  Some of her medical industry colleagues worked in Saudi Arabia. She decided to apply, and was hired. She found herself leaving the country for the very first time - to work abroad on a two year contract.  Afterward, her budding itch to travel was in full bloom.  Lisa heard about Isla Mujeres, Mexico on a " Beach Bargains" tv show and knew she had to go check it out. After visiting numerous times - with trips to other locations sprinkled in - she rented an apartment for a year.  Still working and living in the US, Lisa traveled as often as she could, renting the apartment to friends and others when she wasn't there. It was a great "beta test" before taking the plunge and buying her own oceanfront condo. It was a hot mess, but she saw the potential.  After a $20-25K makeover it's a gorgeous, cash flowing vacation rental and Lisa's future retirement home.Support the show (
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