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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I’m not so sure about this… making sense of the transition into retirement

Often when we think about change we think about going from state ‘A’ to state ‘B’, e.g. from working to retirement. The shift into retirement should be simple, right?! So why is it that some of us struggle to navigate the change, especially in the first few months?

The first thing to know is that if you are feeling a little lost, overwhelmed or unsure, you are not alone! The transition into retirement can be a tricky thing to navigate.

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Why retirement planning is different for women

It’s a question that’s been asked of me a couple of times lately. Without doubt robust retirement planning is critical for everyone and the earlier you commence the better, particularly in terms of the financial component. But what about the non-financial elements -things like social connection, health & wellbeing and relationship dynamics? Within these there do appear to be nuances that are specific to women, and I don’t mean in a Men are From Mars, Women are from Venus kind of way. It’s just that – nuances. This is not a bad thing, it is simply something that I believe is important to recognise and respond to in preparing for life after work.

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How to Build Your Legacy

In a year that has seen multiple, seemingly unexpected deaths in the celebrity world, most notably that of David Bowie, it has caused many of us to take stock and consider, how will I be remembered? Whilst it may not be on the world stage, all of us have milestones and achievements that we should be proud of and remembered for.  Have you stopped to think what you want your legacy to be, and how your friends and family will remember you when you’re gone?

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