Finding happiness in retirement

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Long Flight Essentials

Long Flight Essentials

When thinking about traveling outside of the country, I dread the seemingly endless flight. About 10 years ago, I went to Europe for the first time, visiting Ireland with my then 13 year-old daughter. As we know, flights to Europe leave in the late afternoon […]

Transitioning to Retirement

Transitioning to Retirement

I knew the date of my retirement four years in advance. For the first three years after setting the date, I kept it out of my mind. I loved my job and didn’t want to start imagining myself doing something different. However, as the final […]

Happily Retired

Happily Retired

I retired this year after a career in education. My teaching experience included pre-school through 3rd grade, early childhood special education, and a graduate-level class in school administration. I worked as an elementary school principal and led the professional learning for my school district. Writing as a reflective tool helped me immeasurably. I blogged to become a better leader and I hope my work helped others. As I transitioned to the retired life, writing has come naturally as a way to record my progress as I live a happy life in retirement.

Woman with child in a classroom

I am 63 years old, divorced with 2 adult children, one granddaughter, and a brother. My mother is alive and relatively healthy and independent. I live on the fringe of the city of Chicago in Oak Park, Illinois. I believe that we were all meant to create and so I spend a lot of time exploring inspiration in books, podcasts, and social networks to unleash my own creativity. I am exploring ways to be more fully alive in spirit through connecting with God and those who do His work. I believe that we need to support the less fortunate and I am finding opportunities to volunteer. These networks have expanded my social groups beyond the life-long friends that I stay connected to. I’ve become closer to my neighbors in retirement. They’ve helped to fill the void of the constant chatter that work provided. I prioritize my daily fitness routine at a local gym or outside to stay as in control of my health as possible.

I want my retirement years to be the happiest years of my life. I hope that my writing helps many others live their best life in retirement!

What do you do with all your time?

This is a question that I hear often. I’ve answered it over a hundred times since I retired, but seldom to the satisfaction of the listener. It doesn’t work if I say, “Well, think about what you did last Saturday. I do that every day.” […]


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