When Everyday is Saturday

By: Bing De Los Reyes 

When you turn gold (in age, that is), you start thinking what will be your next phase? When will you retire from corporate work or if you’re an entrepreneur, is your succession planning well in place? I’m in this phase in my life now and as I think about it, I’m putting more details on how it will be when everyday is Saturday.

Yes, I’m referring to retirement. That phase in our lives when we change gears and embark on a new adventure. That’s how I look at retirement. It’s wrapping up a life stage to start a new one where I can give more time and attention to some meaningful ventures that I have set aside because I am tied up with many responsibilities as an employee. Retirement may mean slowing down on deadlines and deliverables but never an end to a meaningful and productive life. In fact, it may just be a more meaningful phase awaiting.

I’ve been working in the corporate world for over 3 decades and while there were work weeks that extend until weekends, there were more weekends spent to rest and re-fuel and when I have the whole Saturday for myself (I mean, when there’s no work to attend to), it feels so good! So, I imagine retirement as everyday being Saturday. Heaven, right?

But wait, can I really live a life doing practically nothing? I don’t think so and that is why it is important to plan. I want to continue to have a meaningful and productive life in my next phase and I can only achieve this if I planned ahead for it. 

My journey in the corporate world had been long and exciting and I will share with you the planning process I implemented to prepare for yet another exciting life stage in my succeeding articles – the good steps I took and the missteps that we can learn from.

For starters, here’s what you can do now to start the planning process towards a comfortable retirement. If you do it right, you may not even take 30 years before embarking on this phase. The key is starting it early:

  1. Envision the future that you want
  2. Know the price tag of that future that you want
  3. Start paying for that future now while you can still do it on installment basis.

So how will it be for you when everyday is Saturday?

What is “Quality Life”?

By: Bing Ledesma – De Los Reyes

Everyone wants quality life but what does that mean?

How do you define quality life? What is quality life for one may not necessarily be quality life for another as it is really relative. A common definition though is this – when we are able to do what we want to do for ourselves and for others…that is quality life.

Being able to do what we want to do for ourselves and for others…that is quality life.

That’s how I define quality life and it does not happen like magic. You’ve got to work for it. Of course there are those who were born into affluence which makes the process easier but for most, it needs to be planned and worked out.

Mine is such. Born to a poor family, my parents had to work very hard to make both ends meet. I’m grateful for having parents who believe that being born poor is not our fault but to die poor, we only have ourselves to blame. We can work ourselves out of poverty.

Putting value in education is my parents’ way of giving us, their children, a chance to live a better life. Being diligent as a student was my way of honoring them; ensuring I utilize my capabilities at work is my way of glorifying God who made it all happen and incalculating good values in my family is my way of paying it forward.

So how do we ensure that we live our kind of quality life? That is where financial planning comes in. I firmly believe that no one can live a comfortable life at every stage without planning for it and if you start early, there is so much you can do. If you do it right, you increase your chances of having your kind of quality life.

So start planning and start early.

Travel changes you

By: Bing Ledesma – De Los Reyes

“The World is a Book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

St. Augustine

I absolutely agree that travel expands our world. The sights, sounds, food and the culture of a place give so much perspective to a traveller that you never go back home the same.  The experience of traveling to a place either makes you aspire to do more or appreciate what you have more.

Either way, it changes you.