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Volunteering in Retirement (you may have to kiss a lot of frogs)

By | 2017-12-26T16:11:34+00:00 December 12th, 2017|

Do you get a warm, fuzzy feeling when you see a photo of an older adult tutoring a young child or holding the hand of a homeless person? Those images often are used to encourage #retirees to #volunteer for non-profit organizations.  After all, many of us have the time. Researchers tell us that giving back [...]

Stuck-ness part 2: Guarding against getting “stuck” in #retirement

By | 2018-01-06T06:24:30+00:00 December 5th, 2017|

What should we do if we feel our retirement lives slipping into monotony?  What if we sense that playing it safe is starting to take precedence in all our choices? The world calls that “getting stuck in our ways.” It’s how grumpy, stubborn older adults often are described. It helps to have an adventurous friend [...]

Stuck-ness part 1: #Retirement can be a time for #reinvention

By | 2017-12-26T16:11:35+00:00 November 28th, 2017|

“Set in their ways.” That’s a dreary expression that conjures up an image of a stubborn, grumpy guy or gal. We all know people like that. The trick is not to become one. As we move into our 60’s and 70’s, life changes can begin to accelerate—people start moving to retirement locations, health issues can [...]

Regrets in #Retirement? There’s still time!

By | 2017-12-26T16:11:35+00:00 November 22nd, 2017|

Have you ever promised yourself you’d do something—call an old friend, invite someone over; take a trip; give up a grudge or mend a broken relationship? Did you do it?  If your answer is “yes,” congratulations! If it’s “no,” there’s still time! When I first started my coaching business, Change Engine LLC, the tagline was [...]

Laughing all the way into #retirement

By | 2017-12-26T16:11:35+00:00 November 14th, 2017|

It’s hard to find a birthday card outside the kid’s section that doesn’t reference some sort of physical ailment you are sure to get soon...very soon. Some of the cards are even funny. What I like even better are the pithy #quotes about growing up or growing older that have been repeated through the years. [...]

Staying Sharp in #Retirement—advice from a practitioner

By | 2017-12-26T16:11:35+00:00 November 8th, 2017|

Brain health fascinates us. Whenever my reading uncovers new research or real-time practices that are working, you’ll read about them here. My theory is that it’s never too early to work on that muscle.  Without it, the rest doesn’t much matter. When I ran across an interview with a 99-year-old preeminent neuroscientist who has spent [...]

Five Reasons You Should Start a Business in #Retirement

By | 2017-12-26T16:11:35+00:00 October 31st, 2017|

Starting a business in retirement is a hot topic these days. I’m all for it.  It’s easy for me to list the reasons to do it because I started my retirement coaching business “in retirement.” I love business. Mental stimulation is critical to a vibrant life, and business provides all that and much more. Last [...]

Getting into the Swing of Life in #Retirement

By | 2017-12-26T16:11:35+00:00 October 30th, 2017|

Remember as a kid watching the trapeze artists at the circus fly from swing to swing? We probably never imagined that one day we would be doing the same thing.  It’s how I describe life transition in my workshops. So what do trapeze artists and life transitions have in common? More than you think. Life [...]

Five reasons you don’t want to start a business when you retire

By | 2017-12-26T16:11:35+00:00 October 26th, 2017|

Are you energized thinking about making money in retirement by doing something you love? Does the thought of starting a business dance through your head as you look toward retirement?  Would being your own boss fulfill a lifelong dream? If you said “yes” to any of those questions, please keep reading. As a tenured business [...]