Reinvent Yourself In Retirement

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are  ~Brene Brown~

We all need to Reinvent Ourselves in Retirement... we are no longer who we were during the child-raising and working years.

Wait -- we are the same person, but we are living different lives and reinventing life makes total sense in that we can become who we were really meant to be.



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I have been listening to the audio version of the book -- The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown.

As the subtitle suggests, this book helps you move from your old work persona to the new retired lifestyle you can really own.

At the end of the book, she writes: "I'm not at all sure this book is about self-help, I think of  it as an invitation to join a Whole-Hearted Revolution. A small quiet grass roots movement that starts with each of us saying 'My story really matters because I matter'. A movement where we can take to the streets with our messy, imperfect, wild, stretch-marked, wonderful, heart-breaking, grace-filled and joyful lives..."

At one point, I wrote about A New Earth, by Eckert Tolle. This book helped me find peace in life. The concepts are not always easy to accept or even accomplish but the peace and understanding of living in the moment are well worth it.

The Gifts of Imperfection is not specifically a retirement book, however, if you read the chapter sub-titles below, you'll see what the author is focusing on. These topics should be really interesting to many retirees.

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Brene writes about "whole hearted living" and some of the chapter titles are:

  • Letting Go of What People Think
  • Letting Go of Perfectionism
  • Letting Go of Numbing and Powerlessness
  • Letting Go of Scarcity and Fear of the Dark
  • Letting Go of Need for Certainty
  • Letting Go of Comparison
  • Letting Go of Exhaustion as a Status Symbol and Productivity as Self Worth
  • Letting Go of Anxiety as a Lifestyle
  • Letting Go of Self Doubt and "Supposed To"
  • Letting Go of Being Cool and Always in Control

Now, If that doesn't sound like a great book to help retiree transition to this new Freedom Lifestyle, I don't know what is! GRIN!

Brene's book was featured by Oprah too! 

I listened only once but will listen a second time -- or buy the print version of the book so I can highlight it as I did with Eckert's book! 

The Gift of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

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