I retired in 2010, after over 35 years with one employer. It wasn't easy to walk away... I was lost. Read about my retirement here.
Despite this site, I still really didn't know what to do with myself every day. I pretended to keep busy -- but felt empty. I know what new retirement feels like... been there, done that.
Today, I am at peace. I feel content with my retired lifestyle, and have adopted new daily routines.
I've worked with retirees for over thirty years now, (YIKES!) and I know the problems and issues in retirement.
As a Retirement Coach, I feel a deep need to help those who get "stuck" in retirement. Just when we should be living life on our terms, we feel lost. How and why does that happen?
It happens to many, and I've been there too. One day you are someone at work (doesn't matter if you are CEO, Military or Law Enforcement, Nurse, Teacher, Clerk, Custodian) -- you retire and BAM! You suddenly, without warning, feel like a Nobody... and that's simply not right!
Who are you and what are you going to do with the rest of your life? What will you do all day, every day?
Retirement is different for everyone. Some love to travel. Others, like me, want simple lifestyles. Still others want employment in a completely different way.
Getting there isn't always easy... it's not easy pre-retirement to make the decision to walk out the door. It's equally difficult post-retirement when you are in the Now What? stage.
What does retirement mean to you? It's your time in life. You have few obligations. It's your time in life to do what you choose to do -- the problem is you must choose something.
Even if your choice is peaceful easy living, you need gardening, a dog, a hobby or two -- something to occupy your mind and body daily.
You can't sit there year after year with nothing... well, you can but you won't live long as mental and physically you decline, right?
If you feel stuck, there is a way o-u-t... just takes some out-of-the-box thinking and many ideas will pop into view.
There is LIFE post-retirement and depending on what your possibilities are. GOOD LIFE too!
Even if you have a medical issue, it's your choice to look at life in the best way possible. There is still JOY to be found!
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” ― Maria Robinson
In retirement, especially in the first few years, we often get "stuck". We don't know what to do all day, every day, or how to fill all those hours when we previously worked. We no longer feel needed, and we might need a new purpose in life to feel fulfilled.
Coaching is a confidential, comfortable space where you can talk through your thoughts and feelings honestly, without fear of feeling judged.
Afterwards, you can take A-C-T-I-O-N, with or without me pushing you along!
Retirement simply ROCKS after you get back on track... and you might find a completely unexpected lifestyle that rocks your world!
Retirement Coaching will help you, one baby step at a time.
Your ideas, Your momentum, Your new life!
It's time to find your New Retired Self and choose LIFE again!
First, I am retired -- been there and done that! You can read journey on my About Me page here.
I was employed for 35 years for local government, the last 25 years as a Retirement Manager.
Post-retirement, I have continued helping retirees on this site for ten years now.
I retired in April 2010, and I struggled for a few years. The retirement transition isn't easy... and yet, I had a website to run and the ability to feel productive. Feeling necessary in life is something many new retirees have lost.
Second, I've worked with retirees for over thirty years. Whether my help is a small step, or a large leap, into your future -- depends on you and what direction you choose for your life, right?
My Certified Life Coach training was through the Life Purpose Institute. I chose that training specifically to help retirees transition into a new retired lifestyle... wha ever that means for each retiree.
I am a member of the Retirement Coaches Association, so that I am updated on retirement issues (as if this site wasn't enough as I hear from retirees daily).
I Can Help You.
This is your opportunity to talk about whatever is troubling you, totally confidential, and come up with reasonable solutions. We will smash goal after goal until your life feels right again!
Are you ready to do the work necessary to change?
There will be lots of thought-provoking questions and possibly research to do. You must whole-heartedly consider your options, I cannot do that for you... then we can work through your problems, together.
I sincerely want to help retirees find more meaningful lives.
I do not offer refunds as I am spending my valuable time working with you. You control what you get out of this coaching, you control your time and efforts, and I hope you dive into this with the same enthusiasm that I will!
Working Towards Your Best Retirement...