Wednesday - September 18, 2019
 

How to Avoid Boredom in Retirement

July 27th, 2019

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 Fast forward six months… You’ve reorganized your closet, thereby enriching the Goodwill store with volumes of outdated outfits.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 sophisticated... Read More

Setting Life Goals for Retirement

July 2nd, 2019

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.”  In... Read More

How to Have Fun in Retirement

June 28th, 2019

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 joke that,... Read More

You’re Retired! Now What?!

January 7th, 2019

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... Read More

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

November 14th, 2018

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... Read More

Facing Retirement Without Savings (Part 1)

October 12th, 2018

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,... Read More

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

September 6th, 2018

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% discount... Read More