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...]

What Are You Tolerating in Your Retirement Life?

what we tolerate sucks energy from our retirement timeWhat are you tolerating in your life? For quite some time, I’ve been amazed at what the human species is willing to endure. Many parts of the planet are inhospitable at best and yet people live in the coldest cold, or extreme humidity and heat, places that lack good water, food or shelter. On a more personal level, there are spouses who endure abuse, employees who will accept horrible conditions often for little reward. Yes, I realize many don’t have choices or belief they have options. As societies and cultures, it is phenomenal what humans tolerate.

It’s interesting to take a moment and look at what you are tolerating in your own life. Why’s is this important? Because, tolerating the little things can suck the energy right out of you. When your energy is low, you’re less effective and life is less enjoyable. Period. [Read more...]

Do You Know Your Anchors for Retirement Happiness?

You’ve worked hard your entire life. You’ve raised a family. In spite of being told you part of a selfish, indulgent generation, you’ve tried to live a good life. Now you’re thinking about the retirement transition. It may be a couple of years off, or has already happened.

You’ve been told that it’s your time. NOW! If you’re like most people, you have the first few months planned. You probably have a trip or two scheduled. There are projects you’ve put on hold until you had more time.

After that, what are you going to do with the rest of your life? [Read more...]

Retirement Activity Guides: Organizing

When I was just starting retirement transition planning, I talked to two friends who were preparing for retirement. I asked both what they were planning to do the first few months of retirement and both responded with cleaning out closets. At the time, I thought that was strange, but since then, I’ve realized it’s normal and appropriated.

Most working people have a list of unmet things to do when they retire. [Read more...]

Meetup to Stay Connected and Engaged in Retirement

Meetup for Fun Retirement ActivitiesI attended my first Meetup group last weekend. Just in case you’ve been living in a cave for the last few years and don’t know what meet-ups are, I’ll explain.

Meetup is a product of the technology age. Old by tech standards, Meetup was started in 2001 as a way for people to band together around a shared interest or activity. Meetup got its first boost as a way for political candidates to organize rallies. Since then, meetups have evolved for a multitude of  interests.

It is simple use and a perfect way for new retirees to explore activities and meet people with shared interests. Get started by going to meetup.com. Because meetup is programmed by location, you enter your location and how many miles you’re willing to travel to meet a group. Automatically, all the meetup groups within your geographical parameters will appear. [Read more...]

Retirement Volunteering: Is All or Nothing Keeping You Stuck?

Retirement Volunteer AbroadIs all or nothing thinking keeping you stuck on making a difference? Over the last few years, I’ve encountered amazing retired people who are devoting their lives to a new purpose.

Last year on a trip with my grandchildren, we visited the Western Colorado Math And Science Center in Grand Junction, Colorado that was started by retired physicist John McConnell. He started his retirement by filling the trunk of his car with experiments and traveling throughout the city inspiring school children with his passion with for science. [Read more...]