Many people struggle to redefine themselves outside of the traditional work and family roles and it can lead to questions about how to live a meaningful life in retirement or even to being afraid to retire and leave the routine and comfort of your job.
While we don’t have all the answers, we have many retirement resources for you to begin your journey. Many of these tools are part of our overall retirement coaching process, but we are also pleased to make several previews available here as part of our Retirement Success Series.
Ten Things to Consider Before Leaving Your Job is an excellent place to start. In it, we explore ways to successfully transition from the daily rigor of work life to the open schedules and freedom of retirement.
Whether you are dreaming about the day you can retire or you are suddenly faced with unforeseen early retirement, putting together a retirement plan can be a powerful way to begin working towards your ideal retirement. Our practical guide to Creating Your Own Retirement Plan includes guidance, a template, and a completed sample plan.
Another great resource for those working to adapt to the new routines and realities of retirement is Ten Steps for Handling Change in Retirement. While everyone approaches change differently, these are some concrete steps you can take to set aside a fear of retirement and begin taking advantage of your new life stage.
Finally, consider taking our quiz to assess how you deal with change and how that affects your personal retirement style. Understanding your typical reaction to change may help determine how to approach the changes coming with retirement.
We hope you find these tools helpful. We are always here to talk more and help guide you through your retirement transition.
“My retirement coaching with Deborah really helped me prioritize what I needed to focus on prior to and after my retirement. It was well worth the time and money well spent in order to devise a plan to prepare for the process of retiring. As a result of my coaching sessions with Deborah I had a well thought out transition for my retirement and made the reality of that final day of work a little easier to accept. Thank you Deborah!”
“Deborah Williams is uniquely qualified to demonstrate leadership and guidance in a profoundly impactful way. During my membership in the “Women in Transition” group, Deborah skillfully led us to think anew by utilizing a new awareness of creativity. My generation of women is looking into an unknown future. We are pioneering our way to a new ‘retirement’ where no one has gone before us. Deborah helped me see a future of grand possibilities.”
"Deborah Williams is an inspiring, well-organized leader. I met with her Women in Transition group several times and the topics were relevant, and the discussions fun and stimulating. Deborah had done her research and offered both handouts and resource lists for individual follow-up."
"The women’s group Deborah began in Seattle was very helpful and comforting as I realized I was not the only person with all these life-changing questions. It showed me that all of us on the threshold of retirement have the same questions and fears. Deborah is the person who can help calm the fears so you can find answers. Good luck on your journey. You will enjoy your time working with Deborah and look back on the hours with fondness.”