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.

Plan for Happy Retirement: ensure Positive Aging

Plan for Retirement to ensure Positive Aging.

Retirement financial planning is and has been available for years. We’ve all saved our pennies, moved them around, counted them repeatedly and planned for our “golden years.”

But what about the “what am I going to do all day part?  Sometimes, lack of planning results in boredom or loneliness.

What’s been missing is a planning guide for everything in retirement life but the financial information. Our “Baby Boomers Guide to Retirement…50 Tips to Freedom” workbook is not about finances or investments or savings.  Continue reading Plan for Happy Retirement: ensure Positive Aging

Relationship: Treasure those you love

Treasure the relationships with those you love.

Pam’s last post talked about the importance of keeping our relationships positive;

“Treasure those you love. And do it “on purpose.”

That includes all those we hold dear; in-laws, parents, children, siblings, grandchildren, dear friends, aunts, uncles uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, friends, spouses and anyone else your heart embraces. Continue reading Relationship: Treasure those you love

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.

Continue reading Positive Aging: Positive Relationships

Healthy Aging equals Exercise Wake up Call!

Healthy Aging equals Exercise Wake Up Call!

Pam’s October 3rd post “The Healthy Aging Way to ease into Exercise” and her September 30th post, “Move it or Lose it” mentioned “Dixie was a gymnast.”  That’s true but certainly not by today’s standards.

In 1961 at Clairemont High School we had a gymnastic team that competed with other high school girls and boys around the area.  None of our schools had ‘uneven parallel bars’ at the time but we had mats, a balance beam, and a “horse/vault. It was fun and competitive and great exercise.  Kudos to Southern California for encouraging sports for both genders ahead of the rest of the nation.

As you can see by these ribbons, I didn’t set any world records (but this was before everyone who showed up got a ribbon.)

Exercising early in life influences exercise as adults.

 

Exercise in High School gymnastic competition.
Exercise in High School gymnastic competition.

Anyway, that started me thinking about my childhood exercise activities leading up to High School. My parents were physically active.  Dad played football in high school and mom was a “tumbler” and earned a letter “T” to show for it.  They remained ‘active’ throughout their lives.

My early school years were in Southern Indiana, followed by a year stint in Seattle, Washington. From there, in 1956, we moved to the Denver, Colorado area for my middle school years. Then we moved to San Diego in 1959 for high school.  All of these locations found us trying some sport or exercise relevant to the area. Continue reading Healthy Aging equals Exercise Wake up Call!