“I wasn’t prepared for what retirement would really be like.”

If you are retired, you’ve undoubtedly learned a great deal about navigating the transition from the working world to this next chapter of your life. Lessons that you probably had to learn on your own.

Are you willing to share that knowledge with women who haven’t yet made this change so that they can be better prepared?

We’re creating a book entitled Voices from the Other Side…of Retirement. It will be a guide for soon-to-be-retiring women, with advice, lessons learned and stories from women who’ve already left the working world—a powerful and relevant compilation of “in-her-own-words” responses on various aspects of retirement.

Specifically, we’re asking you to share the emotional, physical, spiritual, relationship, and daily-living joys and challenges that retirement can pose. What it looks and feels like at various stages, what you’ve learned, and what you wish you’d known when you stepped away from working.

Why this approach? Because while a lot has been written about planning financially for retirement, no one prepares us for how the transition really feels. And because we believe there’s nothing quite as valuable and relevant as real-world insights and advice from women who’ve been through it.

Women like you.

Whether you were self-employed or worked in the corporate, nonprofit, government or educational world; whether you were a doctor, nurse, engineer, teacher, senior executive, waitress, lawyer, administrative assistant, supervisor, accountant, salesperson, social worker, writer, business owner, pilot, flight attendant—whatever your work was, we want to hear from you.

How can you be part of this unique and compelling book? 

Simply complete our questionnaire, and share whatever you wish with women who have yet to retire:

  • You can address one, a few or all of the dozen questions we ask in our questionnaire

  • You can write a few sentences, a few paragraphs or a brain dump about virtually any aspect of retirement and how it’s affected your life

  • You can highlight the best decision you ever made about, or in, retirement—or the worst

  • You can be funny, serious, poignant, irreverent, practical, silly, deeply reflective or purely factual—just as long as it’s authentic.

You can write as much, or as little, as you wish. And speak in your own unique voice. The most important thing is that you’re willing to candidly share insights about your retirement experience that could help other women prepare for their own. 

Your voice (but not your name)

If your submission is accepted for the book, we will print your brief career description, year you retired, age at retirement, and city/state alongside your response(s). Our readers will want to know a little about you, and this will help them understand your retirement journey and will put your comments in perspective.

Please be assured that while we are also requiring your name and email, that’s for our records only – this information will NOT be published.

Ready to get started? 

Simply go to our questionnaire and start sharing what you’ve learned about being retired (both the positive and negative).

All the fine print about permissions, etc. (the lawyer made us do it) is on that page too.

Submissions will be accepted through April 30, 2019. You’ll be notified if your submission is accepted for inclusion in the book by mid-summer. If it is, we’ll send you a free copy of the book when it’s published.


If you have any questions, send us an email at info@retirementvoices.com.

Thank you for your interest and support! 

We literally can’t do this without you, so we’re immensely grateful for your willingness to contribute your time and wisdom not only to this project, but also to all the women who are following you into retirement.

Co-authors Leslie Inman and Roxanne Jones

P.S. The more submissions we receive, the better—so please share this with your retired friends!

“Retirement is a journey, not a destination, and there are many unknowns until you actually live it. This book promises to be a road map to help guide the way—and the more women who share their experiences, the clearer that path can be. I encourage you to add your voice!”

Teri Cavanagh

Retired Executive Director, Global Banking Alliance for Women

“Retirement planning has always been about money. But what about the newfound and empty 40+ hours a week you suddenly had on your hands? How did you fill your time? How did your life change? How did you feel? Add your voice to this important book and share how you faced the realities of retirement.”

Marcia Mantell

Owner of Mantell Retirement Consulting, Inc., and Author of What's the Deal with Retirement Planning for Women?

“Resources like this book can provide real-world guidance to make the most of retirement and the third part of our lives. I urge you to share what you’ve learned about this transition, because women helping women to fulfill their dreams never, ever gets old.”

Kathy Gottberg

Author, Rightsizing: A SMART Living 365 Guide to Reinventing Retirement

Who we are

Leslie Inman

67, earned an MBA from Boston University and has worked in senior management positions in the corporate, higher education and nonprofit sectors. She was a real estate agent in Florida and New Hampshire and owned an import business of Guatemalan handicrafts. She has retired three times, most recently (and for the last time!) in 2017. She now spends her time as a hospice volunteer, making images with her camera, socializing with friends and family, playing pickleball, volunteering with a local aging at home organization, gardening and working on this Retirement Voices project. She lives in Harpswell, Maine with her very-retired husband.

Leslie’s retirement journey was recently featured on Boomer Retirement Briefs™. Click here to read the story.

Roxanne Jones

is an award-winning freelance copywriter specializing in health and medicine. Before going out on her own in 1995, she held PR and marketing communications positions at organizations as diverse as the Boston Water and Sewer Commission, the Massachusetts Medical Society, Boston University and a healthcare software company. She turned 65 in 2018 and is on a glide path (versus a hard stop) toward retirement as she figures out what it’ll look like for her. She lives in Cumberland Foreside, Maine, with her husband and cat.

How this project came about


If you read our bios, you know that we’re taking different paths to retirement. Conversations with our retired female friends have revealed similarly diverse approaches, attitudes and emotions toward the process and reality of retirement. Some have found it seamless and easy, others struggled for a while, and still others never seemed to find their way and adjust to this new life phase.

Leslie found this diversity intriguing and wanted to learn more about how women adjust to retirement—maybe turning it into a book. She approached Roxanne about teaming up to do so. Approaching “official” retirement age and wondering how and when to downshift, Roxanne self-servingly answered, “Yes!”

We started by developing a few open-ended questions and conducting phone interviews with retired female family members and friends. Common topics emerged like relationships, time management, life purpose, volunteering, exercise and health, spirituality and mortality, the guilt around doing “nothing,” daily routines, and sense of identity. And every woman we talked to affirmed we had a topic for a book—one they wish had been available when they retired.

So, here we are. And we hope you’ll be a part of this, too, by sharing your experience and perspective in retirement by completing our questionnaire.

We’ll keep you posted on our progress

If you submit a questionnaire, we’ll keep you informed about our progress via periodic email.

If you’re not a submitter but would like to know how this project is coming along (including when the book is available), please give us your name and email below (we won’t share this information with anyone else, we promise!).