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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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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