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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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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