As part of writing my book, Retirement Transition (link here), I created a 7-Domain Framework for a Retirement Lifestyle. These domains were seven areas to think about holistically as one moved into retirement because retirement planning is more than the finances! For me, as a “structure-girl”, this framework was extremely helpful in thinking through what I wanted my retirement to be.
I have mentioned a number of times how impactful I’ve found the Positive Psychology course work I took during the pandemic, including creating my own Putting Positive Psychology into Practice Tenets (link here for short version of them), which also built in information gleaned from Blue Zones and the Science of Wellbeing course (Yale/Coursera).
With all this in mind, I’ve discovered that my 7-domain framework has morphed into 9-domain framework. (Hmm, new edition of my book?) Here are the Retirement Lifestyle Domains I am now working with and some of the elements in each:
- Connections/Relationships – being intentional on building connections (especially with significant life transitions like a move!)
- Healthy Living Behaviors – being active, eating healthy, getting enough sleep, emotional awareness, body maintenance (including check-ups needed)
- Putting Positive Psychology into Practice – daily gratitude, savor life moments, invest in experiences, mindset shifting (self-limiting beliefs, negative thought patterns)
- Alone Time – learning to be and not just do, creative hobbies, reflection/meditation
- Use your Strengths – understand VIA Signature Strengths (link here to find yours) and use them in daily living
- Spirituality/Contemplation – live your core values, mindfulness, feeling of purpose, learning
- Lifestyle Activities – new experiences/explorations, time in nature, travel planning, play time
- Location/Home – where to live, home reflects lifestyle, de-clutter
- Financial Security – retirement financial planning, philanthropy
My retirement lifestyle vision still remains the same (Active, Connected, Creative, Contemplative), but for large reviews (like the yearly one upcoming!), I still go back to a review of all the domains.
I continue to use the process and tools of retirement transition, with refinements, even 7 years post retirement! I guess my structure-loving self needs it.
Do you have any life review approach you do at milestones like the New Year?
Picture: Me – a morning sunrise this week, even after the time change! I hope I never tire of my morning view.