What’s Your Retirement Style?

Thinking about retirement? If so, you know your work life will change. How about the other areas of your life? What’s your retirement style going to be?   

First off, your retirement style is a way to describe the lifestyle you want to lead in retirement. Your lifestyle expresses you as an individual.  As a result, it allows you to feel recognized and gives you a sense of personal identity.

Picture a confident, self-aware woman who transitions from one life stage to another. And retiring from her primary occupation becomes simply a mark in time.  It’s a signal that she’s ready to transition to whatever comes next.

Keep in mind, retirement actually describes a work-related action that initiates a series of lifestyle changes. Therefore, the act of retiring frees up time to explore long-awaited lifestyle choices.

Retirement doesn’t automatically equal endless tv watching and withdrawal from life. Asking yourself “what’s your retirement style” actually gives you reasons to think about the  lifestyle changes you’d like to make. It allows you to define just how you want to live in this next stage of life.

What will your lifestyle look like?  Will you adopt a new personal style, one that is geared towards expressing yourself as a contemporary, no-nonsense midlife woman? Maybe this is the time to embrace your inner artist? What will your financial style be? Will you downsize and follow your lifelong dream to travel or will you finally remodel your home?

Additionally, will your work style become part-time or will you look for look for an entirely new vocation? (Paid or unpaid as a volunteer?)  What about your leisure style? Will you spend more time as a caregiver for parents or help out with your grandkids? Is this your time to explore going back to school or get back into hiking?

Your retirement style describes your way of life as well your style for activities and interests. Retiring offers you a unique opportunity to live your life in a variety of new ways.

Your retirement style encompasses much more than decisions about when you’ll leave the workplace. It  describes a time when you can truly discover who you want to be when you grow up.

So what’s your retirement style going to be? Need ideas? Contact Retirement Style and start a conversation about how you’d like to design this stage of life.

While many people find themselves afraid to retire, few understand the benefits of retirement coaching to help plan a smooth transition. The Retirement Style team is ready to help answer any questions about the retirement coaching process and help you plan for your retirement success.


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  • Gloria Ebbertz

    I can’t wait to retire in three years. What your best advice,to be ready.

  • Deborah Williams

    It depends on whether like to be a busy, busy bee or whether you prefer to live your life at a more moderate pace. Neither is better but it’s likely you have a preference.

    If you like to be on the go, start thinking about all the things you’d like to do in retirement. You may choose to: Volunteer, find part-time work, join groups, socialize, downsize/remodel the house, increase physical activity, travel, etc. Enjoy researching all of the things that interest you and even try them out to see if you really like the activity. This gives you a chance now to experience some of these things so that when you do retire, you can hit the ground at full speed!

    On the other hand, if you’re someone who prefers to take life a little slower, give yourself permission to retire and just relax for awhile. Make slowing down the first thing you do in retirement. Tell yourself it’s okay to not have it all figured out in advance. Make it your plan to slow down first and enjoy the figuring it out as you go along.

    Either way, you will have something to look forward to that is more than just ending your full-time job. High five to you for thinking about it in advance!

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