Retirement Voices has retired
For the past three years, we’ve worked toward publishing a book about the human side of retirement from the perspective of women who’ve already made the transition. Today, we find ourselves at a crossroads since the publishing world hasn’t been as enthusiastic about our concept as we had hoped. So, after careful consideration, we’ve decided we won’t proceed any further with Retirement Voices.
Ironically, we have to thank the nearly 300 women who responded to our Retirement Voices questionnaire for helping us achieve clarity around this choice. Their honesty and willingness to share their feelings, experiences and insights about this stage of life inspired us to want the same joyful liberation from deadlines and deliverables for ourselves.
Simply put, we want the freedom to experience our own retirements.
So, there will be no book. We’re closing our Facebook and Twitter pages, discontinuing new posts to our blog and bringing this Retirement Voices journey to a close—and beginning our own less-pressured personal retirement journeys in earnest.
We’ll keep this website “open” for the foreseeable future so that you can read any archived blog posts you wish (please note that the comments capability has been disabled).
Our deep appreciation
To those who answered our questionnaire in 2019 and gave us the foundation for Retirement Voices, we extend our deepest gratitude. Thanks also to those of you who have followed and commented on our blog and social media pages. Your engagement has meant the world to us.
Interestingly, one of the driving forces that motivated us to launch Retirement Voices was the lack of resources that addressed the nonfinancial aspects of retirement. It’s been gratifying to see this changing; today, there’s a growing number of websites, blogs and books on the topic. So, we’re confident that we’re leaving you in good hands!
Thanks for your interest,
Leslie Inman and Roxanne Jones, Co-founders
Who we are
Leslie’s area of expertise is marketing and sales—and she has an exceptional track record of cultivating new markets and boosting sales, often achieved by applying novel approaches.
After earning an MBA degree with honors from Boston University, Leslie began a series of careers in senior management in the corporate, higher education and nonprofit sectors, always with sales and marketing responsibilities. She served as vice president for three life and health insurance companies, director of advancement for Johnson & Wales University, real estate agent and branch manager, president of two of her own start-up businesses, and chief of membership and customer care at Girl Scouts of Maine. In every situation, her drive to succeed, marketing and sales ingenuity, and willingness to test new ideas produced results that surpassed goals.
Leslie brings another important qualification to Retirement Voices: she is a serial retiree, having retired three times, with her most recent retirement in 2017. This has given her a deep understanding of the intricacies of this transition, and the ability to relate to women who are moving into and through this phase of life.
Leslie is a member of the Authors Guild, the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, AARP and The Transition Network. She is a Legacy Scholar at the University of New England’s Center for Excellence in Aging and Health. She lives in Harpswell, Maine.
Roxanne is an award-winning freelance writer nationally recognized for her expertise in crafting content for hospitals and other healthcare organizations across the U.S. Before going out on her own in 1995, she held senior PR and marketing communications positions at the Massachusetts Medical Society (publishers of the New England Journal of Medicine) and Boston University. In addition,while living in southern California from 2000 to 2006, Roxanne was a contributing editor and writer for Palm Springs Life, the region’s premier lifestyle magazine.
In 2015, Roxanne launched Boomer Haiku, a popular weekly blog that took a humorous and slightly irreverent look at life as a baby boomer, acquiring nearly 5,000 monthly visitors during its 3-year run. Her guest posts were regularly featured (and can still be found) on other sites including the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop (www.humorwriters.org), The Fifty Plus Life (www.thefiftypluslife.com), and Humor Outcasts (www.humoroutcasts.com).
A baby boomer herself, she’s now downshifting into semi-retirement. As a result, she’s keenly attuned to the emotional and practical challenges this transition poses for the women in the Retirement Voices community.
Roxanne is a member of the Authors Guild, the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, and AARP. She lives in Cumberland Foreside, Maine.