8 Tips for Living a Balanced Life in Retirement

Are you overcommitted?

You know those balls we’re balancing in the air at all times – the ones that represent what we must do and what we really want to do?  The ones we imagine ourselves managing so efficiently while we live our retirement dream?  Well, mine are not behaving very well at the moment; they seem to be crashing down on my head and falling to the ground in a heap.   What happened to the nice, balanced life I had planned for retirement?

Want a balanced life? Learn to be selective with your commitments.
Want a balanced life? Learn to be selective with your commitments.

“Planning” is probably the operative word here.  Part of my original plan was to “say yes” to pretty much everything during the first year of retirement.  Perhaps that was not a good idea.  I said yes when my nice part-time job asked me to do more.  Lots more.  I said yes to being the co-captain of the tennis team.  I said yes when the opportunity for a second tennis team came up.  I said yes when the neighborhood Christmas party needed a co-chair.  I said yes to dance lessons and an early-morning exercise class.  Not to mention all the regular stuff.  You get the picture.  You’ve probably been there.

Now I’m in search of the balanced life and the quiet mind.

I’ve been researching how to find both, so I’m sharing my new plan – complete with some tips for how to make this all different. Continue reading 8 Tips for Living a Balanced Life in Retirement

Health: an unexpected reason for retirement.

My Unplanned Retirement Story: Health

Dixie's Floating Home on the Columbia River
Our Floating Home on the Columbia River

I retired at age 57. As I said, I’m 72.  I didn’t plan to retire then.  Unplanned retirement reason? Health. Continue reading Health: an unexpected reason for retirement.

Positive Aging: Positive Relationships

My husband and I just got back from dance class, (that would be Active Older Adult dance class) and we didn’t do so great on the two-step spot turn.  There we were – navel to navel – and I just couldn’t seem to end the turn on the correct foot.  Oh, well . . .

Life is a dance and the goal is Positive Relationships.

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Move It or Lose It: Healthy Aging

My Own Story

Like a lot of Baby-Boomer women of my age, I never really played organized sports as a kid.  Before Title IX, there just weren’t a lot of opportunities for girls, and it was decidedly uncool to be sweaty and red-faced from exertion.  So I tried to avoid it.   I wanted to look like Twiggy (something I never came close to accomplishing), but it never occurred to me that exercise might help me with that.  Suffice it to say that I spent lots of time sitting down.  Dixie was different.  She was a gymnast.

Walking promotes healthy and positive aging!
Walking promotes healthy and positive aging!

Fast-forward a few years.  As a young wife with two small kids, I still spent lots of time sitting down, but now I smoked while I sat.  One day I dropped my car off for a tune-up and was horrified to find that I had trouble walking less than a mile home.  I had to sit down on a neighbor’s stoop to wait out a side-ache!  You’d think that would have made me act, but it didn’t. Continue reading Move It or Lose It: Healthy Aging

Baby Boomers march to their own drumbeats!

Baby Boomers – let’s say you are retired, or semi-retired, or working only because you’ve decided it’s what you want to do instead what you need to do, then comes the question. What are you going to do now? You have forty freed-up hours a week. Following the decompression that comes from leaving a work week filled by others, you might wonder how you will arrange this next phase of your life.

Bany Boomers have always marched to their own beat!
Baby Boomers march to their own drumbeat!

In today’s rapid paced life most opportunities, not directly related to “your career,” are labelled as “back burner.” Sometimes, the back burner never gets revisited, while the front burner gets “burned out.” Now you have the time for all the burners. Continue reading Baby Boomers march to their own drumbeats!