Retire Abroad to Costa Rica With Going Like Sixty

Retire Abroad Like Going Like SixtyGuest Blogger Mark Van Patten author of blog agreed to talk about retiring to Costa Rica

What made you decide to retire to a foreign country?
We thought we never could afford to retire because of the cost of health care in the U.S. When we started looking abroad, we discovered we might be able to make it work living strictly on Social Security. So far, so good. [Read more...]

Finding Your Perfect Retirement Home

Map of Southwest USAMy husband and I started thinking about our retirement home in our thirties. Wherever we traveled, we’d always ask, “Would we like to live here in retirement?” I think it had more to the interest at looking at homes more than anything. One of the benefits of this process was we developed a clear idea of the criteria we needed for our retirement home and community.

There are a number of factors you can use for selecting where you want to retire. Based on the mass exodus from the frigid Northeast and Midwest to the Sunbelt, weather has always been a primary factor. We weren’t an exception. Originally from Colorado, but having spent almost thirty years in So. California, neither one of us was interested in long, cold snowy winters. Neither were we interested in either humid and/or hot summers. [Read more...]

Is Happiness a Choice as We Get Older?

Celebration of getting older_I was talking to my best friend from high school this weekend and we were discussing getting older. The fervent wish we both shared was not be to be grumpy old people. The question arises as the whether or not happiness is a choice or are we victims of our own attitudes? Can you choose to be happy and how do you do that when life ain’t always grand? [Read more...]

The Value of Friendships in Retirement

DCP_3761 ABelow is the beginning of a newsletter I sent recently.  You can receive the RLMnow newsletter and get a the 7 Ingredients to a Satisfying Retirement, by signing up on our home page

Tomorrow is the birthday of my good friend, Christa. We came together by accident our sophomore year in high school. The school sponsored a trip to Mesa Verde and I didn’t have someone to sit with. We were arbitrarily put together as seatmates. We’ve been on this life journey together ever since. Our relationship has withstood many changes over the last 47 years. We haven’t even lived close to each other for over 35 years. It’s said if you have 3-4 intimates in your life, you’re lucky. I would say that is true. [Read more...]

What Song is Left to be Sung?

Walter and Mary Rose OrtelMany people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out. Oliver Wendell Holmes

In 1944, at 18 years old, my mom packed up a small suitcase, boarded a train heading west, leaving her small town home in Iowa. She got off the train in Denver, not knowing a soul. She boarded at the YWCA, got a stenographer job, eventually met my dad and became the quintessential 1950′s mom.

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Aging with Distinction-Diana Nyad

Ocean-SwimmerFor as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with the concept of motivation. What drives people to push beyond all normal expectations? Why do some people achieve great success, while others, equally talented, flounder?

At age 64, on her 5th try, Diana Nyad became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. Of course, I have to wander what would possess someone to make that a goal in the first place. Within the human spirit is a drive to go and do what no one has accomplished before. [Read more...]

Aging with Distinction-Betty White

Betty_White_2010For baby boomers, Betty White was always the spunky, funny, wiser older woman. I first remember her on Password with beloved husband, Allen Ludden. Not only was she a sharp player, rarely missing a word, but had an outstanding comedic wit that everyone fell in love with.

Baby boomers next saw Betty play the man hungry Sue Ann Nivens. While Mary Tyler Moore led the emerging women’s movement as a career woman, her comic counterpart was sexual, witty and rather rough around the edges. In many ways, her character was more forward thinking the Mary Richards. [Read more...]

Are You a Locomotive Stuck in the Station?

Retirement travelYou’ve heard the law of physics that states an object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion. My favorite metaphor for this law is the locomotive. If you’re reading this, you probably remember the Silver Streak movie of the 1976 with Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. In a climatic final scene, the train Silver Streak barrels down the tracks crashing into the Los Angeles terminal. Put a 4X4 piece of wood under one wheel of a stationary train and it’s not going anywhere.

If you’ve ever felt stuck, you know it can be excruciating to start to build momentum. If your perception of retirement is only of relaxation and taking it easy, it can be even more difficult. [Read more...]

Can a Life Coach Help You Create a Happy Retirement?

Retirement transition succesThe general consensus is the retirement transition will take care of itself. For some people it does. If you are already involved in many different activities, an active family, and strong social network, retirement can magically unfold. For many people, retirement is a significant adjustment. Social connections are loss, as well as structure, a sense of importance and meaning. Ironically, the more successful you were in your working life, the more apt you are to struggle in retirement.

When we’re twenty, there is a sense of do-over if you don’t get it right. The older we get, the harder it is to start over. Hiring a life coach through this process can be an invaluable tool. As your coach, I will deliver the following based on your need and desires. [Read more...]

Is Learning Important as You Grow Older?

lifelong learningMy husband and I recently joined a meet-up group for photography. As we went around the room to introduce ourselves, at least a quarter of the 20 in attendance said, “I recently retired and want to learn more about my camera and how to take better photographs.”

I recently made a comment to a friend that I’m learning more now that at any time in my life. Am I unique? I’ve always been a voracious learner, both personally and professionally. In talking to friends, I find not alone. One friend who is reading “Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life” and says it’s shifted how she sees herself.

I have another friend who just completed an OLLI class about Mechanical Physics and loved it. (By the way, most adult classes are just for fun without grades or homework. ) [Read more...]