Friday, October 12, 2012
“My dad kept saying he’d spend more time on himself – once he’d hit some goals. First, he’d build his business up. Next, he’d put kids through school. Then he’d pay his mortgage off. Finally, he wanted to build up a nice fat nest egg so he could retire in comfort.
His business boomed. He got the kids through college and paid off the home loan. But his retirement plans got more and more ambitious. He kept raising the bar on the size of the nest egg. As it grew, he got older. He stayed working way past retirement. When he finally quit working, he bought an amazing villa. But he never really got to enjoy it.
I learned a lot from my dad, including how to run a successful business. I work hard, just like he did. But I make time for myself. I play golf and tennis. I’m even trying tai chi to help me relax more. And I’m definitely going to retire before I’m too old to enjoy it.”
I met Peter at a conference. He’d recently taken the first step in the next chapter of his life. He’d bought a condo in a resort community on Mexico’s Caribbean coast.
The amenities appealed to him. He could play a round of golf on the resort’s 27-hole course, relax on the powder-sand beach or take a dip in the warm turquoise sea. The hip little beach towns close by offered gourmet food, trendy bars and a fun nightlife scene.
This place had everything he wanted either on his door step or close by, including big box stores, modern supermarkets and good health care.
But the community’s Wellness Center sealed the deal for Peter. It’s a unique concept in this location. The idea is to balance your mind and body…to stay active, healthy and engaged.
Peter can swim in the lap pools, work out in the gym or join in a morning session of yoga, tai chi or Pilates. Teachers and visiting experts offer “energy medicine” and meditation classes, nutrition and fitness advice and even salsa lessons.
The Wellness Center brings in big names, too. Jack Canfield, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, hosted an event there a week ago. Next month, it’s the turn of yoga gurus Colleen and Rodney Yee.
Peter has already met some of his fellow owners. They’re a mixed bunch but they share one thing in common. They want something better - a richer, more fulfilling, more enjoyable life. They feel they’ve earned it. And they know they’re going to get it in this community.
P.S. This community with five-amenities and the Wellness Center is called Tao. The top-notch amenities got Peter’s attention. Plus, he moved up his retirement plans thanks to easy developer financing. He’s making monthly payments of $800 on his condo. Peter can’t wait until he moves in.