A number of times, I’ve had friends who are not yet retired wonder what they will do with their days when they are not working. They really cannot imagine a future without work. For many of them this is filling 55-60 hours/week or more (yes, they are workaholics like I was)…. that is over 3300 … Continue reading Filling the Void
Retirement for me is an intentional way of living, aligning my lifestyle choices and actions/activities with my highest priorities/values. I’ve crafted a lifestyle vision statement based on that: Active. Connected. Creative. Contemplative. This blog post is simply a series of musings I’ve had this month as I’ve contemplated various blogs I am reading. Am … Continue reading September Musings
Part of my retirement lifestyle vision is to try new things. This year I set a goal of 101 New and/or Fun Things. I added fun because I worried that since I tried so many new things the last few years, and I’ve kept doing many of those new things, 101 totally new things would be … Continue reading New Things – Tracking
After retirement, some habits just do not die. You learn that some of those habits you really do need! I’m a planner. Most days, I need to have things on my calendar. I am learning to enjoy the occasional non-scheduled day, but too many in a week and I get a bit antsy. So I need … Continue reading Seasonal Bucket List – A New Way to Talk the Quarterly Action Plan
My 2019 vision board had a new element of “PLAY”. When I think of the word play I think of children or sports. Given there are no children in my life (no kids, no grandkids) and I’m not a big fan of competitive games, I don't think I play on a regular basis. I began … Continue reading How Do I Play?
When you do nothing, nothing happens. The 21st Century Retirement is not about doing nothing. It’s not about sitting on the porch and watching the world go by, although that could be a nice short-term activity. It’s about figuring out what you love to do, and then doing that. Doing, not sitting. The TIAA Voices … Continue reading Doing Nothing?
Writing inspiration comes from many places. Recently I’ve encountered a few different references about trying to understand what’s really important. This was a great thing to think about moving into a new year. Karen Hume at Profound Journey talked about her morning journaling: “In selecting and writing about the most important thing that happened … Continue reading Am I doing what’s really important to me?