Life Changes Blog

Retirement Tip: Dr. Seuss your year

By |2018-04-11T14:22:38+00:00January 30th, 2018|

January often feels like a new pair of shoes. Oh, the places we’ll go. A few years ago, I started using an annual planner to map out the milestones for the year—vacations, parties I’ll host, seminars, classes—those sorts of things.  It gives me focus and even can be a pick-me-up on a blue day. Looking [...]

Sending memories: A promise I’m making myself in retirement

By |2018-04-11T14:22:39+00:00January 23rd, 2018|

How many Christmas cards made to your mailbox this year?  If you’re thinking, “Not many,” I’m with you. Paper cards sent with postage stamps have gone the way of the wired phone…or have they? On a pre-Christmas post office run last month, I saw a friend in line ahead of me buying 300 Christmas stamps. [...]

You do what? Retirement Coaching revealed

By |2018-04-11T14:22:39+00:00January 16th, 2018|

Few people do what I do, and most people have never heard of it. I explained #Retirement Coaching recently in this essay that appeared in a newsletter. A financial planner wanted his clients to understand the concept.  Now, I want to share it with you. Remember the old car company slogan, “This isn’t your father’s [...]

Retirement dilemma: How to downsize when no one wants your stuff

By |2018-04-11T14:22:39+00:00January 9th, 2018|

Nobody wants our stuff anymore. That’s what the headlines are saying as people downsize in droves.  My informal survey bolsters those reports. Many of my friends are having trouble foisting off the china, silver and any number of other family treasures.  My own daughter doesn’t want ours. I downsized about a year ago. When I [...]

What if you get out of joint in retirement? Or “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”

By |2018-04-11T14:22:39+00:00January 2nd, 2018|

A successful, retired surgeon was lamenting this morning about cutting back his tennis schedule. We were at a social event at the tennis center when he asked about what I do as a Retirement Coach. He focused intently as I described the process of #retirement coaching and why people would use my services. It is [...]

Retirement: Volunteering on the move

By |2018-04-11T14:22:39+00:00December 26th, 2017|

Since my blog a few weeks ago, I have been inspired to uncover to volunteer opportunities that allow us to learn while we work.  In other words, how can we give our time in ways that return more than a routine volunteer experience? One way is through voluntourism, which the dictionary defines as, "tourism in [...]

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

By |2018-04-11T14:22:39+00:00December 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 |2018-04-11T14:22:39+00:00December 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 |2018-04-11T14:22:40+00:00November 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 [...]