What type of retiree are you?*

You DecideOne of the rhetorical questions I like to ask is whether baby boomers are reinventing retirement. We like to think we’re unique, but are we really? Below are descriptors of different retirement styles. Which one describes your ideal retirement style?

Philanthropists are the people who are committed to taking action and making a difference in the world. They are often trailblazers who want to right a wrong. They work for causes that will improve the world. On one end, they volunteer where they have a passion to serve. On the end, they may start foundations, nonprofits, or become social entrepreneurs, starting a business with a sense of social responsibility. The primary areas of philanthropy are Arts, Education, Environment, Health, Human Services, International and Religious. [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...]

Quotes to Inspire and Motivate

Happy RetirementI love motivational quotes and stories.  I have a notebook full of quotes I started collecting as a young adult. Of course, the advent of the Internet increased access to amazing inspiration to the nth degree. Now I have folders on topics, as well as by year.  Actually, they need to be organized and cataloged, but I still collect them.  I stumbled onto slideshare.com today and thought I’d share quotes others found inspirational. It feels a little young, but still some good things to think about as your planning your retirement life.

Selecting a Retirement Location

PrescottIt might seem strange to say that I enjoyed a sense of community in Southern California. Most people think of it as a sprawling suburb. We lived in the Conejo Valley that consisted of three towns with a total population of around 250, 000 people in Ventura County, five miles north of the Los Angeles County line.

I wanted a sense of community in our new retirement home. I didn’t want to feel like I was living in a suburb. It needed to be big enough to have all the amenities I wanted. On my ‘must have’ list was art and culture, some form of higher education, and diversity in religious organizations.

Climate and weather was important to both of us. I loved the mild climate in Southern California. Neither one of us wanted extreme hot or cold or a lot of humidity. We knew we’d compromise on climate from California, but wanted as mild as we could get. [Read more...]

Keep it Simple in Making Retirement Goals

Keep Retirement Goals SimpleI’m a big proponent of looking at all aspects of your life and making effort to establish retirement goals before, during and after the transition. It’s an important part of my coaching people in transition..

Recently, I was talking to a friend who is in the process of retiring from her second career. She has kept her retirement goals simple and concise. She wants to have time to read, enjoy girl friends and keep physically fit. She lost 20 lbs in the last year, all through being and active and wants to keep that up. [Read more...]

Finding Life of Passion in Retirement Activities

inding Passion from Retirement ActivitiesIn elementary school, I had a friend who was great at drawing horses. They were beautiful, full of detail and shading so they looked like the real thing. My drawings consisted of rudimentary stick figures barely recognizable. Based on that information, I concluded I didn’t have any artistic talent and stopped taking classes or engaging in other art activities.

Unfortunately, when we are around ten years old we make many decisions about what we can and cannot do well. Many of those decisions stay with us for the rest of our lives. [Read more...]

Aging with Distinction – Jane Fonda

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At seventy-five, Fonda has embraced aging and become a role model to many. We all walk a fine line between clinging to youth and succumbing to the ravages of growing older. Jane Fonda isn’t any different, but she is trying to forge an attitude that approaches aging with dignity and strength. [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...]

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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