Re-Imagining Retirement: What’s your Secret Sauce?

On the theme of thriving, I’m just stopping by to test your personal understanding of yourself. What’s your Secret Sauce? What makes life work for you? Or, what do people frequently come to you for? For me, thinking about this for myself makes me feel warm inside. Does it for you, too? Sure, it could be…

Re-Imagining Retirement: What needs expanding?

Joyce Major started sensing a need to expand her heart. In her mid-50s and selling real estate in Seattle, she became uncomfortable with her life. Her two sons would be leaving college and home soon. What came next for her? As it turns out, she dreamed a dream of doing community service projects around the…

Re-Inventing Retirement: The first secret you must discover

I was recently delighted to read John Izzo’s book, The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die. It is a wonderful mix of personal, storytelling and reflective wisdom as he shares what he learned during his research. He asked people who were living a happy life, “What are the secrets?” Death is a poignant topic…

Re-Imagining Retirement: Feeling invisible

The transition into retirement often holds several momentous “aha’s. One is when you realize you no longer have a reason to get out of bed! Another is who do you socialize with during the day, when your colleagues are all at work? Here’s a tough one: How do you know if your day was productive?…

Re-Imagining Retirement: Experience the ideal

I’m kinda weird and perhaps idealistic, since a profile test I took a long time ago classified me as someone who falls into “Experience the Ideal” type of person. They explained it as being someone who brings “the heavens down to earth or things that are abstract down into some tangible form or expression. And,…

Re-Imagining Retirement: Hope

Good Friday was a day I took as a holiday, when my job started allowing personal choice holidays. For me it was a combination of deliberately marking springtime, the earth coming back to life and reflecting on new growth, in addition to the spiritual meaning. Honoring all of it. What things do you honor? Stand…

Re-Imagining Retirement: Consequential happiness

I recently was putting serious time into trying to come up with a new name for a project I was working on, when I came up with consequential happiness, as a possibility. I liked the ring to it; however, it would probably need some explaining, right? I’m actually amazed and disappointed, at the same time,…

Re-Imagining Retirement: Longevity planning

Longevity planning, I feel, is the answer to the extensive debate and controversy about the need for a new perspective and language on aging. Today’s Boomer retirement is certainly not going to follow  “our parents’ idea of retirement.” Like the rocking chair or couch potato images just don’t fit anymore. Should we be called senior,…

Re-Imagining Retirement: Love, Play, Listen

Years ago, I was drawn to the marvelous work of Bernie Siegal with his book Love Medicine and Miracles and his others. In recent times, Elizabeth Gilbert wrote of her quest in book. Today I propose a new title of Love Play Listen! I want a simple easy recipe for isolation and Love Play Listen…

Re-imagining Retirement: New Trends

I have spent the major part of seven months this year driving for Lyft to cover the investment I made to inspire possibilities and purpose in retirees through my podcasts. I love unique moments and asking good questions; I’ve experienced both many times over with my Lyft riders.  How richly rewarding it’s been! Now, according…

Re-Imagining Retirement: Legacy

I just finished reading Marc Freedman’s new book How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations. Wow! I’ve heard of Marc over the last couple of years, but hadn’t given him any real consideration, ‘cause I doubted his impact, due to him looking so young!! (What makes him an expert?) Well, like…

Re-Imagining Retirement: The courage to be yourself

How often have you needed great courage to be yourself? Express your uniqueness. It’s risky, right? And yet comparing ourselves to others, is paralyzing. Instead, revitalize yourself by warmly recalling the things you have done well. It’ll give you mental strength, according to Andy Shaw, to move forward. Courage requires stopping and looking fear in…

Re-Imagining Retirement: Gratitude

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.”  Maya Angelou A recent video I watched by Shawn Achor, the author of The Happiness Advantage, excited me! I’ve felt it is such a personal choice to…

Re-Imagining Retirement: Time

Time is too slow for those who wait, Too swift for those who fear, Too long for those who grieve, Too short for those who rejoice, But for those who love, time is Eternity. -Henry Van Dyke Time is a precious commodity. Free. Freedom. Yet also priceless. How do you value time? Do you think…

Re-Imagining Retirement: Possibility

I get excited about the possibility of fully engaging everyone’s potential, unique gifts and skills. There are millions of various combinations possible in expressing them around the world! So, I was blown away with the superb stories of breakthrough practices for bringing creativity into all of life in The Art of Possibility. Written by Rosamund,…

Re-Imagining retirement: Talent and time

If one has a talent and cannot use it, one has failed. If one has a talent and only uses half of it, one has partially failed. If one has a talent and learns to use the whole of it, they have gloriously succeeded, and won a satisfaction and triumph few people will ever know….

Re-Imagining retirement: Transformation…all around us

Transformational forces are all around us. In the spring, what appears dead, comes alive again as the daylight lengthens and the air is warmed by the sun. As new relationships happen in our neighborhoods, fast friends come alive with shared fun, food and experiences. As my humble efforts are invested in bringing people with similar…