The Healing Journey Through Retirement

Does thinking about retirement make your head swim? Puzzled by what you should think about first? In addition, what will you do with all that extra time? Is a new career in the picture? Give journaling a try to make sense of it all.  Phil Rich’s and Dorothy Sampson’s book, “The Healing Journey Through Retirement,” is a wonderful resource for journaling. It guides you through the thinking process about transitioning to retirement with prompts like these:

  • What tasks are most relevant to you now in your retirement or retirement planning?
  • Describe what you want to do in the next ten years?
  • What special interests, training or hobbies do you have that you can blend into a new job or business? 

“The Healing Journey Through Retirement includes useful information about complex emotions and decisions associated with retirement. This is designed to get you thinking about the transition and to encourage your journaling.  While you may not like writing in books, you can still use this book as a reference. So if you love buying journals and keep trying to motivate yourself to write, you’ll find this book is just what you need to build up some writing mojo. After all your efforts to journal, you may have finally found the perfect motivator!

Subject matter in the book runs the gamut from expressing your feelings about transitioning from work, to discovering a new vocation, to how your perceptions about money will impact retirement. Also valuable are prompts to get you thinking about how your personal relationships will change as your age.

As a retirement life coach, I like to use questions such as the ones in this book to help my clients visualize how their retirement will feel and play out. As a result, I’ve used questions in the book to jumpstart my thinking about midlife transition. It’s been very helpful to me in planning for “what’s next.”   Because most of all, I’ve learned a lot about myself just by answering the questions.

Feeling stuck when you think about your retirement life?  Seems like the perfect time to give journaling a try. You’ll be amazed at what you discover when you allow your mind to wander and explore new possibilities.

Does journaling help you sort out what’s going on in your head? Please add your comments. I’d love to know if it has helped you.


Many readers find themselves stuck in planning for retirement. Retirement Style offers a number of resources, including our 30 Day Journaling Challenge, to help you get unstuck in working towards your best retirement. If you would like to speak to a certified retirement coach about your personal journey, please contact us.

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