Weekend Retirement Blog on Summer Hiatus

DSC00475Dear Reader,

WR is taking a summer vacation! Remember to look for ways to automate your repetitive tasks and schedule errands during the work week so your weekends are free for fun and adventure.

We’ll be back in the fall with more tips and strategies for enjoying retirement living on the weekend.

-G.

Your One Wild and Precious Life

Your One Wild and Precious Life

“…Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Years ago I heard this line in passing, but did not realize it was the last line of a poem, “The Summer Day,” by Mary Oliver. I found the poem this week and was once again struck by the… Continue Reading

Designing Your Own Retirement Community

Designing Your Own Retirement Community

In previous posts I have discussed various options in retirement living arrangements, from paring down and living in a tiny house to retiring abroad. Today’s post focuses on building your own retirement community. Over time I have watched friends beyond my generation deal with living arrangements in their later years. While most have chosen to age in place,… Continue Reading

Chore-free Weekends

Chore-free Weekends

One of the tenets of Weekend Retirement is that you spend the time doing what is fun or exciting or pleasurable because you have addressed errands and household tasks earlier in the week. Professional organizer Maria Gracia, founder of the company, Get Organized Now, agrees with this concept. In a recent newsletter article, No-Chore Weekends, she lists… Continue Reading

Energy Management

Energy Management

In past posts I’ve written about managing your energy, both from the standpoint of daily habits to making changes to your personal environment. In today’s post I want to share some ideas from Brian Johnson, creator of Philosophers Notes. I recently listened to his Getting Stuff Done 101 presentation, and learned about a number of… Continue Reading

Identify and Eradicate Tolerations

Identify and Eradicate Tolerations

Ever notice that it’s often the little things that either make your day or suck the life out of you? Some things you can’t control, and you have to find ways to reframe how you look at them. But there are other situations and cirumstances over which we do have control. The next time you… Continue Reading

Make Decisions the Easy Way

Make Decisions the Easy Way

I have always wondered how some folks can make a quick decision with limited information and total confidence that it was the right way to go. I have recently learned that decision-making doesn’t require all the facts and hours of consideration. According to Supercoach author and success coach Michael Neill, you simply ask yourself: Do I want to? If the… Continue Reading

Questions to Ask for Effortless Change

Questions to Ask for Effortless Change

This is the year I’m looking for quick wins and easy changes. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to bring about change without working so hard. A number of questions are based on the book Easier Than You  Think, by Richard Carlson, Ph.D. What’s great about my life? We tend to focus more on what is wrong… Continue Reading

Living the Dream

Living the Dream

I recently spent a week living the dream–hubby and I vacationed in Oahu. We did not set an alarm or plan any activities that required rushing around to make them happen. We spent time at the pool, on Waikiki Beach, touring the island, doing a little shopping, taking naps and reading. Yes, we read on… Continue Reading

Be the CEO of Your Life

Be the CEO of Your Life

Many of us have spent our careers, working in the trenches for corporations, small companies or nonprofits. We have directed our efforts to support company mandates and have had little say in terms of how the company is run. Playing the role of CEO was not even on the radar for us. I know I have always been happiest… 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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