Freedom versus Commitment

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

Who Am I?

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?

Looking Back – 1 Year of Blogging

There are many moments in life that cause us to stop and reflect. In looking back, hopefully you can marvel at your accomplishments and not regret your choices. And then, look forward to adjust, reinforce the path, or re-establish habits. I just passed my one-year anniversary of being a blogger. It’s been an amazing year … Continue reading Looking Back – 1 Year of Blogging

Living with Asperger’s

Most Living with Asperger’s Syndrome information is about the individual who has it and how they can best function in the world. A great deal is written about children and maximizing developmental growth for someone with AS. But what about the people who live with the adult who has Asperger’s? Living with the adult who … Continue reading Living with Asperger’s

Retirement Myth Busting

When I retired, a few well-meaning individuals informed me that the ideal retirement lifestyle for “someone like me” was 30/30/30.   Meaning: 30% of my time focused on work, 30% of my time focused on volunteering, and 30% of my time focused on leisure. Simple as that – go do it.   Besides the fact it … Continue reading Retirement Myth Busting

Will I or Won’t I…. become bored and depressed?

I recently saw another “phases of retirement” description that again highlighted a negative phase – this one talked about a retirement phase where you become bored and depressed.  A previous stages review had a stage called “Disappointment”.   I’m starting to wonder, at 18 months into this thing called retirement, will I or won’t I…. become … Continue reading Will I or Won’t I…. become bored and depressed?

My Blog is my Life Coach

I’ve recently announced to the world that I am a Certified Life Coach.   And what I have come to realize is my blog is my own Retirement Transition Life Coach! My blogging has helped me reframe life satisfaction, explore what’s holding me back, kick-start habits.   I’ve explored many of life’s big arenas in my blog … Continue reading My Blog is my Life Coach