Author Archives: Gail Pentz

Weekend Retirement on Summer Vacation!

Weekend Retirement on Summer Vacation!

Dear 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 tips and strategies from the experts on ways to maximize your Social Security benefits.… Continue Reading

Bouncing Back

Bouncing Back

We all have our go-to ways to help us regain our equilibrium when life’s challenges and adversities come along. Here are some additional tips and strategies from Karen Salmansohn, author of The Bounce Back Book. While we may not have much control over the situations we encounter, Salmansohn lists 75 ways to call upon your… Continue Reading

Going Minimalist

Going Minimalist

I never thought of myself as a minimalist, but I feel like I’m moving in that direction. Having binge-watched a day of HGTV’s Tiny House Hunters, I feel inspired to tackle the job of downsizing our two-story rented townhouse. My husband has been dealing with a case of chronic tendonitis for nearly two years, and we… Continue Reading

Turning Dreams into Reality

Turning Dreams into Reality

We all have dreams we’d like to see come to fruition, but sometimes the demands of everyday life hijack our energy and free time. Author and psychotherapist Jonathan Robinson shares shortcuts on moving forward with our dreams. His book Find Happiness Now lists a number of ways to energize and motivate yourself for turning your dreams into reality.… Continue Reading

5 Quick Tips for Feeling Good

5 Quick Tips for Feeling Good

When your days are packed with activity and stress threatens to overwhelm you, there are quick actions you can take to restore your joy. Psychotherapist and author Jonathan Robinson shares 50 shortcuts in his book Find Happiness Now. We will talk about five of these strategies. Tip #1: Ask yourself the right questions. Robinson asserts that… Continue Reading

The Power of Choice, Part 3

Today we’ll be covering the final five choices in Steve Chandler’s book, Crazy Good: A Book of Choices. Choice #11:  Testing vs. Trusting Some of us think we need to believe in ourselves in order to make changes in our life. Chandler says we don’t need to believe in ourselves to take action. We just… Continue Reading

The Power of Choice, Part 2

The Power of Choice, Part 2

So last post we started talking about Steve Chandler’s book entitled Crazy Good: A Book of Choices. Having reviewed the first five choices, today we’ll be covering his next five choices. Choice #6:  Systems vs. Dreams We all need dreams to inspire us in pursuit of our goals. But Chandler notes that to accomplish our goals,… Continue Reading

The Power of Choice

The Power of Choice

Sometimes book titles leap out at me, and this was the case when I read about Steve Chandler’s book, Crazy Good: A Book of Choices. Chandler lists 15 choices we can make to cause our life experiences go from not just good but crazy good. We will cover the first five choices in this post and review… Continue Reading

Great Sites for Boomers

Great Sites for Boomers

Next Avenue, one of my favorite sites, recently published their list of top sites for those of us over 50. You may want to check some of them out yourself! Here are my picks from the list: Boomer Cafe features articles on lifestyle, health and fitness, money and work, travel and leisure, books, and retirement–a little… Continue Reading

Use Your Weekend to Relax

Use Your Weekend to Relax

Weekend Retirement is all about spending your weekend doing fun activities and finding ways to relax. This post is inspired by the book, 1001 Ways to Relax, by Mike George. Simple ways to enjoy your weekend begin with waking up. George suggests the following ways to ease into the day: Wake naturally from sunlight streaming into your bedroom.… Continue Reading

Focusing on Yourself as You Approach Retirement

Focusing on Yourself as You Approach Retirement

In the last post, we discussed the concepts of health and wealth from Disrupt Aging, a book by Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO of AARP. Today’s post is a continuation of the discussion, this time focusing on self. Let’s consider this topic by answering the following five questions. How will you approach growing older? Jenkins suggests we take to… Continue Reading

Not Our Parents’ Retirement

Not Our Parents’ Retirement

As we look forward to what’s next in our lives, we Boomers know it won’t necessarily look like our parents’ retirement. But what will it look like? What can we expect to see? In Disrupt Aging, Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO of AARP, lays out a vision for retirement that looks at “exploring possibilities, celebrating discovery over decline,… Continue Reading

What’s on Your Back Burner?

What’s on Your Back Burner?

We use the expression of something being “on the back burner” to mean that it’s on our radar but not currently a priority. If you’re like me, there are several items on your back burner. We intend to get to them someday, but they aren’t critical issues at the moment. It’s one thing to have “Organize… Continue Reading

Winning in the Workplace

Winning in the Workplace

If you have avoided office politics over the years, you will want to read  Workplace Poker: Are You Playing the Game, or Just Getting Played? by Dan Rust. This book explains office politics and the strategies you can use to “play the game under the game,” something I never quite comprehended until now. Rust, a career advisor… Continue Reading

Making the Weekend Work for You

Making the Weekend Work for You

Here at Weekend Retirement, we encourage scheduling all your weekly tasks over your lunch hour or before or after work during the work week, in order to free up time on the weekend. We realize that is not possible every week, particularly if you had to travel during the week or had unexpected events occur.… Continue Reading

3 Easy Ways to Foster Change

3 Easy Ways to Foster Change

Are you living your best life, or are there things you’d like to change? Let’s talk about 3 simple ways you can initiate change in your life. Focus on what you do want. We have a tendency to spend a lot of our time and energy on fixing what we don’t like or isn’t working.… Continue Reading

Recognizing and Dealing with Resistance

Recognizing and Dealing with Resistance

Have you ever noticed what happens when you declare you are going on a diet, preparing for a marathon, writing a book, or beginning some other major project? There is a force engaged with equal and opposite reaction to the passion you feel for this endeavor. You can’t see it, but you can feel it.… Continue Reading

Moving from Day Job to Dream Job

Moving from Day Job to Dream Job

“I can’t imagine doing this for the rest of my life.” If this is something you routinely think about your current job, it may be time to consider a change. In his book entitled Quitter, author and motivational speaker Jon Acuff offers tips on how to move from your day job to your dream job.… Continue Reading

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