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...]

Are You Grasshopper or Ant When You Retire?

Recently, I read a blog post by one of the best retirement bloggers about his fear of buying a RV and hitting the road. You can read his blog at  We Are Thinking of A Big Shake Up. Are We Nuts? The fear was based on the additional cost and impact on the couples’ retirement account.

I’m not going to weigh in on whether they should or shouldn’t buy a RV and hit the road. However, the conversation about fear, money and having enough in the future intrigues me. I grapple with these fears often, as do many people in retirement. [Read more...]

Enterprising Retirement Activities

Enterprising activities frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These retirement activities can involve leading people and making decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business. [Read more...]

Social Retirement Activities

Social activities frequently involve supporting, communicating, and teaching people. These activities often involve helping or providing service to others. [Read more...]

Conventional Retirement Activities

Conventional activities frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These activities can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a structure and order to the activity. Many of the conventional activities set the foundation for a successful retirement. [Read more...]

Artistic Retirement Activities

Artistic activities involve creative expression or outcome. They often involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require activities that are done without following a clear set of rules. [Read more...]

Investigative Retirement Activities

Investigative activities are mentally stimulating, frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These activities can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally. [Read more...]

Activities for Retirement Life Satisfaction

The key to creating a meaningful retirement is to select activities that speak to you and allow you to express your personality. You want to participate in activities that challenge and engage you. [Read more...]

Introducing the Retirement Activity Guide

One of the tragic mistakes financial experts and people near retirement make is assuming the life portion will take care of itself. When talking to new retirees, they often talk about the books they want to read, closets to clean and trips to take. All of these are wonderful activities, but won’t fill a potential thirty years. [Read more...]

Bucket List Revisited

When I first started my bucket list (based on the movie with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman), my dreams were pretty big, like going to Nepal. Recently, while in Mexico, I went whale watching in the Sea of Cortez. We became friendly with another couple on the boat and she exclaimed when we saw our first humpback whale breach out of the water, “I’ve fulfilled a dream on my bucket list-whale watching.”

I love whale watching, but never considered it that big of a deal, considering I had lived in California and had gone at least a half dozen times. Certainly, one person’s ‘bucket’ dream means little to someone else. [Read more...]