A blog link-up I often read (link here) has the prompt this week of “taking stock” which really resonated with me. Spring has sprung, the pandemic has a light at the end of the tunnel, and we are embarking on a huge lifestyle transition. I felt it was time for a taking stock look at … Continue reading Taking Stock of the Emotional Ups and Downs
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!