My retirement lifestyle statement has remained consistent now for a few years. I did dramatically modify my vision statement a number of times the first few years of retirement as I worked on self discovery and understanding my own personal values versus societal values (see link here about the evolution – a look back at … Continue reading Am I Living the Creative Element of my Retirement Lifestyle Vision?
Creating vision boards is one tool I am using to help clarify my retirement lifestyle vision. I created one in January to see if my word of the year, Journey, would come to life visually. The first thing I realized on completing the board is - My vision boards are becoming a bit repetitive. Or … Continue reading Vision Board 2019
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
We hit a major milestone in the Life Vision last weekend. A milestone we have been planning since we retired 2.5 years ago; the milestone that had a massive derailment in January. And hitting this moment feels completely anti-climactic! After the previous plan fell apart, I spent many sleepless nights in January pondering the various … Continue reading My Anti-climactic Milestone
I just completed reading Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. Although I have slowed down on researching “How to do a Retirement Transition”, when someone highly recommends a book in this space, I’m still curious enough to purchase and read. You never know when a new nugget of information will help continue … Continue reading Retirement by Design
I have had a lot to learn about daily living as part of retirement transition. I was a workaholic; my work defined my daily and weekly living. Work/life balance was solidly on the work side of things. When the work went away, I needed to figure out how to live life. I’m still a beginner … Continue reading Learning to Live
One of the core premises of the most recent (self-help) book I am reading is that your current life challenges are based in belief systems established in your formative years. While I had never ascribed to the premise that your childhood defines you, there is something to be said for how this book has recently … Continue reading Does Zip-Lining “resolve” my childhood belief systems?
As I looked back at my 7 Life Domains Model on which I based my retirement life vision, I realized that I had not fully investigated the area of Self-Development/Volunteering. Serendipity has raised her head on this topic as well: A friend recently sent me the quote “You are either green and growing or ripe … Continue reading What is Personal Growth in Retirement?
I really enjoyed reading the in-depth survey recently published by Age Wave/Merrill Lynch where they talk about the 4 phases of retirement. Having just passed my 2-year into retirement mark, I have definitely lived the “2-year retirement transition” phase they called Liberation and Self-Discovery. I do believe I am entering the next (quite long) phase … Continue reading Freedom versus Commitment
One of the important needs that working full-time met for me was providing me with a strong sense of identity, especially since I was a workaholic with no children and no hobbies. Recall the 5 important needs that a full-time career provides: Financial Compensation, Structure & Routine, Accomplishment & Utility, Social Affiliation, and Identity & … Continue reading Who Am I?