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

Turn that Frown Upside Down

  One of the things I have tried to do during retirement transition is to stay positive about the changes happening.   I have to admit, I am more a pessimist by nature and yes, I defiantly have RBF (for those new to that term….resting bitch face).   During my work career, my pessimism showed up … Continue reading Turn that Frown Upside Down

Stages of Retirement

I recently re-looked at the Robert Atchley (2000) 7 Stages of Retirement. He details the stages from pre-retirement through termination of retirement. I re-read his entry into retirement stage with renewed interest, as I have just passed through this stage (16 months since that day), as well as spoken to many about their own path … Continue reading Stages of Retirement

Healthy Living as Part of my Transition Plan

Health & Wellness is one of the key “Life Domains” that I needed to explore as I worked through my retirement transition.   It was interesting how many retirement books and blogs mentioned this area, although I didn’t find any that addressed it in depth. (Please let me know if you have found one!)   I … Continue reading Healthy Living as Part of my Transition Plan

The Lows of Transition

So retirement is all happy, happy, happy, right?   Not so much this first year where it felt a little bit like a roller coaster.  Many happy, stress-free days but also, the low points did happen.  You try something and get negative feedback. You lean in for something and get rejected. You feel totally uncertain … Continue reading The Lows of Transition

What’s in a Name? – It’s not Retirement

The social concept of retirement is the same age as the oldest Baby-Boomers, created in the early 20th century as a way to move older, slower and more infirm workers out of the factories. As Baby-Boomers today reach the traditional age of retirement, the term retirement, and all it represents, has too many negative connotations … Continue reading What’s in a Name? – It’s not Retirement

My New Job? Curator of Retirement Books!

When I retired, a good friend gave me a shopping bag full of books about retirement. She knows I am a researcher at heart and did not have a life plan in place on the day I retired.  As she is also a few years behind me in the journey, she joked that I should curate … Continue reading My New Job? Curator of Retirement Books!