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My Books

I have written three retirement lifestyle books. I have also written dozens of articles on this topic on my website, Retire Fabulously!

The Quest for Retirement Utopia will suggest new possibilities for where and how you might retire. It will help you evaluate each place realistically and dissuade you from making a poor choice. And it will provide you with the resources you need to properly evaluate the places you are thinking about retiring so that you can make the most informed choice. The Quest for Retirement Utopia will help you find the retirement spot that’s right for you!

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Smooth Sailing into Retirement will guide you from your last few months of work through your first year of retirement. It identifies the many ways your life will change and prepares you for the emotions you may experience along the way. At each step, you will receive strategies for dealing with these changes.

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Design Your Dream Retirement will show you how to visualize your retirement in an optimistic, possibility-filled light, and provide you with the knowledge and tools to help you create a plan for achieving your retirement dreams. This book will help you envision, plan for, and ultimately enjoy the best retirement possible.

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About Dave

Thanks for visiting my web site and for clicking here to learn a little more about me.

If I must attach labels to who I am and what I do, then (in no particular order) I am a writer/author/blogger and public speaker (which is the main focus of this web site) and a jazz musician. I created a website called Retire Fabulously!, and I have published three books about retirement lifestyle planning (which, of course, you should buy).

As for demographics, I’m a 62-year-old gay man living in sunny Phoenix, Arizona.  I’m married to a wonderful man named Jeff and we have one dog named Maynard (named after the legendary jazz trumpet player, Maynard Ferguson).

At the end of 2013, I made a big transition in my life.  I ended my 34-year career in the software engineering and semiconductor manufacturing industries by taking an early retirement package.  I had intended to work until I was 60, but this package was too good to turn down.  So just shy of my 57th birthday, I eagerly embarked upon this new phase of my life.

The word “retirement” carries a lot of assumptions and baggage with it for many people, so I prefer to refer to this new phase of my life as my “renaissance.”  It is truly a time when I can rebrand myself, undertake new endeavors that I feel passionate about, and live life (mostly) on my terms.  (Well, that and those of my husband.)

One important element of my renaissance is that I plan to write more.  To date, most of my writing has been centered around my Retire Fabulously! website.  But I intend to write on other topics as well, and those writings will appear here.  This web site will also be used to chronicle the more public-facing happenings in my life, to the extent that I think anyone might be interested.  I envision this content to be something meatier and more permanent than a Facebook post, but not as self-facing as a diary or journal.  We’ll see how it goes.

Retire Fabulously!

 

One of my projects is the Retire Fabulously! web site.  On this site I share ideas, possibilities, wisdom and knowledge based upon my research, observations, and personal experiences.  I have written numerous articles, and I offer a fun and engaging workshop called (not surprisingly) “Retire Fabulously!”

My goal is to help you envision, plan for, and ultimate achieve the best retirement possible.

I’m convinced that for many people, their retirement years end up being a lot like the preconceived notions of retirement that they held during their working years.

If you look forward to your retirement years as being vibrant, fulfilling, and happy – they will be. 

If you think retirement will be dull, boring, and beset with declining health – it probably will be.

Sadly, many people don’t think about their retirement at all, so when the time comes they are unprepared for the psychological adjustments and the choices they need to make.  Most Americans are not saving enough for retirement either, probably because they don’t have any goals to provide the incentive for them to do so.  It’s easy to get caught up in daily life, both mentally and financially, so it’s easy to put off thinking about retirement until the future, if at all.  And I suspect that many people don’t want to think about growing older, as if not thinking about it will somehow make it not happen.

I firmly believe that what we envision and plan for plays a large role in what we will actually experience.

This applies to everything in life, not just retirement.  I believe that what some people refer to as your “golden years” can, indeed, be golden.

I also believe that it’s never too early to devote thought to what you want your retirement to be like.

This is what I hope to achieve with this blog.

My goal is to help you envision, plan for, and ultimate achieve the best retirement possible. 

Most retirement resources are focused on financial planning.  There’s no question that saving and financial planning are essential to a happy retirement.  But there are far fewer resources devoted to envisioning a happy retirement, or how to deal with the changes in your life that take place when you quit working, or to help you anticipate choices you will make, such as where to live.  That’s what this blog is for.

There are even fewer resources that deal with these topics from the perspective of the gay and lesbian community.  While many of the retirement planning issues we face are common to all of us, gay and lesbian retirees face some unique considerations when it comes to legal and social issues, health care, and living in an LGBT-supportive environment.

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