September 16, 2014

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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