On my Autumn Bucket List was the item “be spontaneous”. I’ve been struggling with executing this action item. Is planned spontaneity too much of an oxymoron? Trying to be more spontaneous meant less structured plans. And for me, that lead to more ups & downs of feelings of satisfaction. When I have days of inactivity, … Continue reading Planned Spontaneity
It has often been pointed out that one of the benefits of retirement is the freedom to do what you want, when you want, with whom you want. As I continue in retirement transition and creating new lifestyle habits, I’ve been struggling with my own perception of freedom. I recently saw a play where the … Continue reading Is Retirement Complete Freedom?
Can you be happy living an average, routine, ordinary, even mediocre life? Years ago I heard a song (from the musical Pippin) that has stayed with me ever since. It basically said: I need to be extra-ordinary and do extra-ordinary things. And there’s a math joke about “75% of people think they are above average”. … Continue reading Is Being Average a Failure?
There’s a lot of advice in retirement transition to push out of your comfort zone in order to continue to grow. Well, I did a big push last weekend. (And it's one of the reasons why I've not blogged in awhile.) In my retirement lifestyle vision, I see myself riding a retro scooter down the … Continue reading Out of My Comfort Zone
Retirement transition can be a challenge on a marriage as you begin spending even more time together and possibly working through individual changes. Suddenly you might be together almost 24/7. Often you have 2 people who have different ideas of what retirement is to them. Can a marriage survive this time of significant transition turmoil? … Continue reading Can Marriage Survive Retirement?
It’s hard to think about Autumn Adventures when the temperature is still 90F (and heat index over 100F). Summer is supposedly over this weekend, but Mother Nature apparently disagrees. Even if it still feels like summer, the calendar says it is time for fall action planning. And I find regular recapping helpful to celebrate what … Continue reading Summer’s Over?
This version of Julia Cameron's The Artist’s Way has many of the similar (wonderful) tools she talks about in all her books: Morning Pages, Artist Dates, goal setting advice, list making ideas. The core unique thread in this retirement version is the element of writing your memoir in 12 segments. The goals of the memoir … Continue reading Book Review: The Artist’s Way For Retirement