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marielangworthy@att.net Transforming Retirement

In my former life as an educator, supervisor, and administrator, I identified underachieving adults, empowered them, turned them loose, and watched them grow professionally. Now in my 21st century life I have created a new niche, 'shifting gears' with my own on-line business, Super Writing Services, (www.superwritingservices.com), where I work at my love/hate gift and passion for writing.

As New Cabady Press editor-in-chief, I specialize in the grueling 'spit and polish' process of word-smithing the potential next 'great American Pulitzer Prize literary piece' ... or ... a future New York Times best seller beach book! Not one to shy away from multitasking, I also teach a variety of adult ed courses throughout Connecticut, and continue to supervise future teachers with the University of New Haven's School of Education.

In the meantime, I admit that I'm still 'a work in progress' - trying to figure out what I'll do if and when I grow up and grow old. I 'shoulda, woulda, coulda' become a film editor or a cartographer! In the meantime, I continue to welcome the adventure of each new day.

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How to Avoid Boredom in Retirement

By Marie Langworthy, NABBW's Transforming Retirement Associate You have waited for and anticipated your retirement for most of your working life. Now you’ve arrived, with all the time in the wor…By Marie Langworthy,…By Marie Langworthy, NABBW's Transforming Retirement Associate You have waited for and anticipated your retirement for most of your working life. Now you’ve arrived, with all the time in the world to do all those things you promised yourself you would accomplish during this newly found life of leisure. Fast forward six months... You’ve reorganized your closet, thereby enriching the Goodwill store with volumes of outdated outfits. You’ve cleaned the garage, finding so many treasures you had once considered lost. You have indexed all your music CD’s and DVD’s into a…

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Setting Life Goals for Retirement

By Marie Langworthy, NABBW's Transforming Retirement Associate “What!?” you exclaim? Goals?  I’m through with goals.  During my entire work career, I needed to be focused on establishing …By Marie Langworthy,…By Marie Langworthy, NABBW's Transforming Retirement Associate “What!?” you exclaim? Goals?  I’m through with goals.  During my entire work career, I needed to be focused on establishing goals – so much so that I determined that my only goal in retirement would be to not have any goals!  Perhaps you need to rethink your strategy. McLain & Lovejoy, in their March 2015 article, “The Importance of Goal Setting for Retirees,” remark, “The first step to goal setting as a retiree is to think about what matters most in your life, so that you can live with purpose.”  I…

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How to Have Fun in Retirement

By Marie Langworthy, NABBW's Transforming Retirement Associate “Let’s have fun!” I’ve been told that this is the mission statement for Disneyworld. And having fun is one of the many fantas…By Marie Langworthy,…By Marie Langworthy, NABBW's Transforming Retirement Associate “Let’s have fun!” I’ve been told that this is the mission statement for Disneyworld. And having fun is one of the many fantasies and expectations we have about life after retirement. In my family, the embodiment of that “have fun” mandate was our retired Aunt Hannah. Whether playing bridge, or baking her coveted chocolate nut squares, or treating one of her nieces or nephews to the latest Broadway play, Aunt Hannah would smile and say, “When did I ever have time to work?” In fact, it became the family…

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You’re Retired! Now What?!

By Marie Langworthy, NABBW's Transforming Retirement Associate Nowhere to go on Monday morning! No colleagues to meet for lunch! No money to pay for lunch! Guess what? News Flash! You are not alone…By Marie Langworthy,…By Marie Langworthy, NABBW's Transforming Retirement Associate Nowhere to go on Monday morning! No colleagues to meet for lunch! No money to pay for lunch! Guess what? News Flash! You are not alone. On a daily basis, thousands of boomers are grappling with these same three bogus realities. Jamie Chamberlin, in her January 2014 article, “Retiring Minds Want To Know,” observes that “Too few people consider the psychological adjustments that accompany this life stage, which can include coping with the loss of your career identity, replacing support networks you had through work, … and …

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Tips for Baby Boomers — Retirement and Panic (Part 1)

By Marie Langworthy, NABBW's Transforming Retirement Associate Until now, you may have thought panic attacks -- if they even existed -- were reserved for "weaker folks." You know, people like: …By Marie Langworthy,…By Marie Langworthy, NABBW's Transforming Retirement Associate Until now, you may have thought panic attacks -- if they even existed -- were reserved for "weaker folks." You know, people like: Fathers-to-be in the OB-GYN room OR Prima donnas at their stage debut   Likewise, you may have been known for your equanimity, your "sang froid" attitude, your ability to remain composed and cool as a cucumber, assuredly confident that you could handle anything that came your way. Convinced that sudden breakouts of "flop sweat" were solely the domain of: Diving Olympians as they vie…

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Facing Retirement Without Savings (Part 1)

By Marie Langworthy, NABBW's Transforming Retirement Associate Yikes! Water! Water! My hair’s on fire! Oh, it’s not my hair! It’s my bank account! I have completely smoked it! I inadvertently…By Marie Langworthy,…By Marie Langworthy, NABBW's Transforming Retirement Associate Yikes! Water! Water! My hair’s on fire! Oh, it’s not my hair! It’s my bank account! I have completely smoked it! I inadvertently incinerated it during these last 30+ years of career building. If it’s any consolation, you have loads of company in your current miserable dilemma. Alana Semuels, in a February 22, 2018 The Atlantic article, “This What Life Without Retirement Savings Looks Like,” says that "… the median savings in a 401(k) plan for people between the ages of 55 and 64 is currently just $15,000, accor…

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Boomers: AARP Offers a Treasure-Trove Website You Can Easily Mine

By Marie Langworthy, NABBW's Transforming Retirement Associate Sure, most of us are familiar with the more popular, standard offerings of the AARP Web site (https://www.aarp.org), such as auto and …By Marie Langworthy,…By Marie Langworthy, NABBW's Transforming Retirement Associate Sure, most of us are familiar with the more popular, standard offerings of the AARP Web site (https://www.aarp.org), such as auto and health insurance and political advocacy, but have you recently spent time exploring its wealth of information and opportunity, other than the traditional “retirement services.” AARP Travel extends to car rentals, hotel/motel accommodations, cruises, international flight and vacation packages, restaurants, and entertainment venues. For example, did you know that members can receive a 15% di…

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