International Women’s Day 2018 - What are you doing to #pressforprogress?

Think only younger women need to #pressforprogress in achieving gender parity, or that you’re too old to champion this movement as you age? Think again! There has never been such a positive global movement of advocacy, activism and support for women as in 2018 and those approaching, or in, retirement have an equally vital role to play.

It is so important to #pressforprogress at every age.

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To retire or re-wire? How to reframe your retirement

Retirement is a gloomy word. It is derived from the French words ‘re’ and ‘tirer’, meaning to draw back and suggests that the best part of our lives is over once we are no longer working. It insinuates that retirement is simply a time to sit back and wait for the inevitable.

But what if we framed it differently?

Growing research in the field of neuroplasticity demonstrates that the brain is not static. It continues to evolve and adapt, i.e. rewire, as we age. What would you rather do – retire or rewire?

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You hate your job: Is retirement really a silver bullet?

There are people who hate their job and are counting down the days until they can retire. They share with glee that it’s only 673 days until they retire and are quick to point out the shortcomings of their job, their manager, the organisation and even their colleagues. You might know one of these people. You may even be one yourself!  They assume that as soon as work is taken out of the equation, life will be great. They idealise retirement as an endless holiday, free of worry.

The challenge is that for many like this, the dissatisfaction with their job can be all-consuming and it is not until they retire that they realise how strongly their job (and the associated complaining!) formed the basis of their identity.

How to take action to ensure that retirement does, in fact, bring you (or someone you love) the joy you seek.

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The simple trick to creating a meaningful retirement for yourself

It’s all well and good to say that you need to find purpose in retirement but for some this is well intended but frustrating advice. They have stepped away from work, caught up on sleep, cleared out the corporate wardrobe and now want to know what retirement can look like on a day-to-day basis. They want REAL examples because without work these are now a lot of waking hours to fill!

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The essential thing you need to do in your first year of retirement

It is great to have principles to live by such as ‘take each day as it comes’ and ‘focus on the good’ but what do they actually mean and what do they look like on a day-to-day basis in retirement? How do they help you to fill your days purposefully?

The challenge with relying on principles alone is that you run the risk of simply drifting through retirement. There is no impetus to jump out of bed each day. Your goals do not need to be all-consuming, after all freedom is what you seek in retirement, but they will provide you with something to work towards and thus give meaning to your days or weeks. It may be finishing that watercolour painting, collecting funds for your chosen charity, taking the 4X4 to the tip of Cape York or recovering from a hip replacement. What is it that motivates and interests you?

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Trying to find your perfect purpose in retirement? Why not just give something a go!

So many people struggle with finding their purpose in retirement and spin their wheels as a result. They see other people doing amazing things in retirement and they believe that they have to get it ‘just right’ from day one. Unfortunately the fear of making the wrong decision means that they do nothing other than muddle through each day, waiting for the inspiration to strike.

Rather than waiting to uncover the perfect 'thing', get started and do something meaningful each day! Want to know how? Try these tips below.

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5 things to do in the first month of retirement

Without planning for your day-to-day ‘operating rhythm’ of retirement, the honeymoon period will come to an end and you may be left feeling restless, empty and lonely.

Fill your mental toolkit with strategies to help successfully navigate the transition into retirement and set yourself up for a retirement you will love to live! Here are five tips to get you started in the first month of retirement!

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Navigating Christmas party conversations when you’re struggling in retirement

You’re at a Christmas party and someone asks you “so what are you doing with yourself these days?” or assumes “you must love not working anymore”. You know that you’re supposed to glow and respond how fantastic life in retirement is. But inside you cringe. The journey into retirement is proving to be rockier than you anticipated and you haven’t yet found your feet.

4 tips to keep the conversation light and you feeling good!

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Is an expat retirement your dream? 3 things to plan for before making the move

If your wildest dreams came true, where would you choose to live your retirement? Interestingly not all of us would choose to remain where we are even if it meant being further away from loved ones.

Whilst endless summers, brisk mountain air or simply living debt free may seem like nothing more than a pipe dream, a retirement abroad is becoming more common than you may realise.

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Will your health allow your dream retirement to become a reality?

For many people, this end of the year will be more exciting than usual as not only is the festive season almost upon us but it signals their decision to retire as well. This might be you. You have saved well and are confident that your financial position will enable you to do all of those things you dream of when work no longer consumes your waking hours! But what about your health, have you prioritised your health in planning for retirement?

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What are your non-negotiables in retirement?

The wonderful thing about retirement is that the Baby Boomers finally have the opportunity to become the ‘Me-Timers’. After balancing a busy career, family and social commitments for so many years, they finally get to focus on the things that light them up. That might mean learning to play the saxophone (I’ve only had the darn thing 20 years!), selling up and making that tree change, or trekking through Patagonia.

I am a strong advocate for possibility thinking, living one’s dreams and creating a full and exciting retirement, but I also want to ensure that people approaching retirement are set up for success. I want to ensure that their dreams and goals are achievable.

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Life in Retirement: Make Each Day Count

The trouble with life is that you never know when your time is up.  You just never know what might be around the corner. Too often we hear stories like ‘my wife and I were planning a big trip around the world…and then she was diagnosed with terminal cancer’ or ‘we were so looking forward to spending more time together in retirement but after just one month, my husband dropped dead’. There are many tales of unfulfilled retirement dreams and grieving families.

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If ageing is such a privilege then why is it a dirty word?

Old age should be something that each and every one of us aspire to. As Helen Mirren so aptly put it “you only have two options in life: die young, or get old. There is nothing else.” If this is the case then ageing is a privilege. So why is it such a dirty word?

Why do people, and women in particular, do everything possible to slow the ageing process? We are told that we need to purchase ‘ANTI-ageing’ face creams, make those wrinkles disappear, and dye our hair.

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When retirement has a negative impact on your mental health...

There are a number of reports which indicate that retirement can have a negative impact on your mental health. That the loss of status, connection, identity and drive can lead to depression, and that this is particularly prevalent amongst men. This is not surprising given that retirement represents a significant life change and can result in much upheaval to life as we know it. It does, however, beg the question is the transition into retirement the sole catalyst for poorer mental health or is there something else at play?

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Competitive by nature? Get ready for a rocky road into retirement...

You’re great at what you do, and that is a fabulous attribute to possess. Your organisation is privileged to have you. The challenge, however, is that research has found that people who are naturally competitive and assertive during their career can experience greater difficulty in adjusting to the workplace. The very attributes that made them successful during their career are the same ones that can work against them in retirement...

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