“So, what is it like to retire from professional careers to run a B&B/become an artist?”

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We very often get this question. We know it isn’t an idle one.

Many people are intrigued by the idea of reinvention, turning your life on its head and doing something entirely different. Running a bed and breakfast and creating a small business out of a former hobby are probably the top two “second chapter” dreams.

 

We did them both. And moved to a different country. All at the same time. And survived!


Actually, we’ve done this reinvention thing before. Colin, a British/Canadian CPA, at various times worked in the United Kingdom, Canada, British Virgin Islands and the United States. Najia went from an Organizational Psychologist working on Wall Street in New York to a trial lawyer handling complex litigation cases in Arizona.

And then to Canada to open a Bed and Breakfast (with no experience in the hospitality industry) and for Najia to (finally) make her passion for jewelry making with art glass a small business (with no retail business experience). What a long, strange trip it’s been!

We decided to start this blog because people keep telling us to write a book about our unusual lives (see About Us to get an idea…). Maybe someday when we really retire, we’ll have the time to write a book. For now, a blog will have to do.

Our goal for this blog is to make you ponder, learn something new, be entertained and maybe be inspired to take that first step towards reinvention in your own life. Oh, and we hope to make you laugh, too!

Please join in the conversation!

Najia & Colin