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), a wedding officiant, a jazz musician, and a presentation skills instructor/coach. I write a blog called Retire Fabulously!, and I have published two books about retirement lifestyle planning (which, of course, you should buy).
As for demographics, I’m a 61-year-old gay man living in sunny Phoenix, Arizona. I’m married to a wonderful man named Jeff and we have two dogs, Missy and Maynard.
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.