Life Changes Blog

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

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