Cruising into retirement

Cruising into retirement

Some of us see retirement as an opportunity to change our lives and fulfill big dreams. In the fall of 2017, Ronna Benjamin and her husband Mike did just that. They sold their home of 30 years and most of their possessions, moved onto their 49-foot sailboat and headed...

23 things retirement frees you from

23 things retirement frees you from

Sometimes we can get bogged down by the emotional challenges that retirement poses. Challenges like figuring out who we are without a job title. Finding a post-work sense of purpose. Making new friends outside the workplace. Sorting out how to structure our free time....

Battling the “shoulds” that arise in retirement

Battling the “shoulds” that arise in retirement

The “shoulds” tried to get the best of me this past weekend – the ones that try to decree what I should be doing with my time now that I’m retired. My usual fall and early-winter Sunday routine is to get the day’s newspapers, go for a walk by myself or a hike with my...

Thankful thoughts about downshifting into retirement

Thankful thoughts about downshifting into retirement

In this season of giving thanks, I’ve been reflecting on what I’m grateful for. One thing that’s near the top of my list is that I’m able to downshift into retirement instead of coming to a hard stop. When I turned 65, I made a conscious decision to take this...

When someone else judges our retirement

When someone else judges our retirement

“Retirement means the lack of engagement; it is total disengagement,” the 40-something woman declared on the phone. As if that wasn’t off-putting enough, she continued, “People in your world should realize that once you retire, you’re no longer vital.” What? I would...