A Taste of Retirement

DSC00352My husband and I recently flew to Tahiti for a bucket-list vacation we have been anticipating for quite some time. While it took us close to two days to get there, it was totally worth the trip. We took a ferry to the beautiful island of Moorea, where we relaxed all week. We slept in every morning, enjoyed delicious buffet breakfasts, spent our days sunning ourselves and reading or taking naps. One afternoon we went into town to do some souvenir shopping, but other than that, we spent the time enjoying each other’s company and the natural beauty of the island.

What was great about this vacation was that we didn’t have to think about work. We could focus on our own plans for the day, we could come and go as we pleased, and had no deadlines to meet. It was glorious! Of course, the time in Moorea came to an end all too soon, but it was lovely while it lasted.

As I consider what life will be like in retirement, I expect that we will continue to enjoy vacations of some description. But I still want to be involved in some kind of meaningful work, whether paid or volunteer. A vacation like this one was special because we don’t do this all the time.

How will you will spend your time in retirement?

-G.

 

 

Free Up More Energy by Improving Your Environment

Free Up More Energy by Improving Your Environment

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Be Happy Now–Part 2

Be Happy Now–Part 2

Positive Psychology has much to teach us about how to weave happiness into our everyday lives. In my last post I shared information from Sonja Lyubomirsky’s The How of Happiness. In this post I want to introduce you to another researcher, Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, and her book, Positivity. According to Fredrickson, positivity is the whole range…Continue Reading

Be Happy Now!

Be Happy Now!

You may be wondering how a blog on Weekend Retirement relates to the topic of happiness. Well, if you are near retirement age and don’t see a way to retire anytime soon, you may be wondering how to be happy in your current circumstances. Over the years I have heard a lot about happiness: that…Continue Reading

Setting a Date for Your Retirement

Setting a Date for Your Retirement

If you are on the fence about setting a retirement date, know that you are not alone. According to Boomer Expectations for Retirement 2014, a report issued by the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI), 25% of Baby Boomers postponed their plans to retire in the past year. The report also indicates that Boomer confidence in their ability to prepare…Continue Reading

Variations on a Theme with Retirement

Variations on a Theme with Retirement

The more I research various aspects of retirement, the more I realize that there are about as many permutations of it as there are people. Today’s retirement can take many shapes and sizes–from short career breaks and sabbaticals to part-time jobs to second careers or entrepreneurship. And while the days of retiring to a life…Continue Reading

The Power of Saying No

The Power of Saying No

Two-year-olds have it down pat. They know how to say “No!” with gusto and without apology. By the time we start school, however, a lot of that natural inclination to say “No!” is trained out of us, and we spend the rest of lives saying “Yes!” So what’s so powerful about this little two-letter word? Saying “No!”…Continue Reading

More on Giving Back

More on Giving Back

In my last post I talked about everyday philanthropy and ways to give–donating money, volunteering time, and providing advocacy. Today I am writing about websites you may be interested in visiting with regard to charity and giving back. Ways to Give for Free Several years ago I learned of two websites that provide free food…Continue Reading

Everyday Philanthropy

Everyday Philanthropy

“As long as you’re breathing,” said Maya Angelou, ” it’s never too late to do some good.” In this post I want to share what I’ve learned recently about giving back and the incredible effect one person can have on the lives of others. If you are like many of us, the word philanthropist conjures up…Continue Reading

The Accidental Entrepreneur

The Accidental Entrepreneur

“Imagine a life where all your time is spent on the things you want to do. Imagine giving your greatest attention to a project you create yourself, instead of working as a cog in a machine that exists to make other people rich.” These are the first two sentences in Chris Guillebeau’s book, The $100…Continue Reading

What Successfully Retired Folks Can Tell Us

What Successfully Retired Folks Can Tell Us

In my last post we looked at the Early Retirement Extreme movement and what we could learn from 30-somethings who live frugally and invest more than half of their salary each year.  Based on a tip received from a Weekend Retirement reader, this week we focus on what successfully retired folks do and what has worked for…Continue Reading

Meet Gail

Gail Pentz, author

My work experience spans Fortune 500 companies to nonprofits. As a corporate trainer, I have delivered training throughout the U.S. and in 18 other countries. I designed and wrote hundreds of instructional materials for numerous industries, and worked as a teacher and staff in private schools. I also have experience with small businesses. I was a founding partner and Director of Operations for T.W.I.C.E. Educational Services, Inc., a Sarasota-based continuing education firm serving mental health professionals.

Having worked 60+ hours a week for several decades, I know what it’s like to be on the proverbial hamster wheel, using weekends to catch up on what I didn’t get done and preparing for the week ahead. Like me, you may be ready for at least two days each week that are filled with activities you find satisfying and fulfilling. Less time working (or preparing for work) translates into more time for recreational travel, self-care, and personal development. I firmly believe that as we take better care of ourselves, we are better equipped to share our gifts with the world (and especially the quality of effort we bring to the workplace).

You can begin enjoying a retirement lifestyle this weekend. Let’s get started!

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