When I retired, I had no idea what I was retiring “to”. I knew what I was leaving, but had not put any thought into what everyday life would be like without working. (Most "experts" will tell you this is not the best way to retire!) I expected to work part-time, as I was an … Continue reading Retirement Success?
I’ve been feeling wrong for having put structure into place in my retirement – my need for daily and weekly routines, having things planned, keeping track of experiences..Maybe I perceive expectations or critiques that are not there, but too often I’m hearing that structure or planning is the wrong thing in retirement. (Yes, I am … Continue reading A Continuum of Structure
For my (new) Throwback Thursday series, I’m linking back to some of the core Retirement Transition How-to’s. Today's first of the series will look at the OVERALL Retirement Transition Process that helps you design your own unique retirement lifestyle. Based on the design thinking approach I used while working in product innovation, the Retirement Transition … Continue reading Throwback Thursday
July is a big month for me here at Retirement Transition. It’s the anniversary of my retirement day (7 years) and the anniversary of my blog (6 years). As I have noted many times, I do think “retirement transition” continues to be an accurate term because retirement, like life, is a series of transitions. Some … Continue reading Happy Anniversary to Me!
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
Asking the Universe for guidance, listening for Spirit Guides, carrying crystals, understanding my chakras, reading Tarot cards. It’s not that I don't not believe in these things. (Oh, the double negative of that sentence…terrible grammar!) I find it fascinating. So I’m continuing to explore and recently delved into a Tarot card reading and an Intuitive … Continue reading New Experience – Exploring Tarot
I realized recently I’ve put a lot of effort into planning this year… maybe more than any planner needs to be doing! I have my word of the year (SOAR), a 52 New Things in 2018 goal, and seasonal bucket lists (summer action plan). With all this planning, how successful am I in activating the … Continue reading Mid-Summer Goals Review
Back in April 2015 I came across a tool about writing 5 Future Scenarios. It was a way of visioning where you want to go/who you want to be/what you want to do. The approach has you pick 5 different elements of what you think your future life could be like and then tell the … Continue reading Future Scenarios – a How-to Vision Tool
This is a mini-post on some musings that reading various blog posts and listening to podcasts through the past month have stimulated. Spring-cleaning this year is about releasing reminders of a different era and a different persona. It was time to let go of old work papers and memorabilia. Finding out about a free Shred … Continue reading Mid Month Musings
There is a rhythm that runs through your days. Your personal rhythm is almost second nature in how you manage your daily life. After 30+ years of working, it can be a bit choppy and chaotic, but there is still a daily rhythm. You don't need to think about waking, eating, working, commuting, and maybe, … Continue reading The Rhythm of Life