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Thinking About Retirement...

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

I've been off the last week. It wasn't really a vacation, had to take a little recovery time off for health reasons. But it has shown me something. I am ready to retire. I have started the process, I've set it in motion and plan on the end of next year. But I didn't know for sure if I was really ready for it. I am. I believe that it will be something I will enjoy and I won't be curling up in a corner getting ready to die. There are things I still want to do and would enjoy the time off to do it.
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 8/28/2013 12:24AM

    Ken and I are both enjoying our retirement. There is so much we can and do together.
I think you will enjoy your retirement and doing what you want when you want. Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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AMARILYNH 8/21/2013 3:48PM

    I retired 6 years ago and I can truthfully say I have LOVED every minute of retirement. My only thought about working now is wondering how I EVER had time to work? I consider walking and staying healthy to be my full time job (when we aren't traveling) now - I LOVE retirement and so does my DH (who retired 5 years ago).

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KMICHA 8/21/2013 3:24PM

    If you are able to swing it financially, go for it!! There are SO many other things to do!!! emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 8/21/2013 3:20PM

    My dad used to always tell me, "You'll know when it's time." I have to say I was worried because I've worked my whole life.

My husband retired nine years ahead of me, but since I taught we had lots of time to travel because I only worked 180 days during the year. He finally convinced me to quit two years ago and I can't believe I was worried I would be bored! We travel much more extensively (both overseas on tours and domestically in our travel trailer). We also volunteer when we can and stay busy with our hiking and gardening clubs and taking classes at the fitness center. We visit our elderly neighbors and keep things spiffy around the house, and .... all kinds of things! Retirement has been the biggest blessing!

Good luck! I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how much you enjoy it!

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AJDOVER1 8/21/2013 2:58PM

    I can't imagine being at that point financially.
I wish you all the best! It sounds like you're going to be smart about it and really make retirement work for you!

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GOOZLEBEAR 8/20/2013 7:23PM

    I love retirement and so does my DH. We are free to do whatever we want to and most of the time when we want to. The main thing that controls our activities are doctor's appointments!!!

I'm sure you will enjoy it!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/20/2013 5:48PM

    I love retirement. It has been a blessing to me and my health. I have more time for my family and pets. Plenty to keep me busy.

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LETHA_ 8/20/2013 12:31PM

    You are going to love retirement. Don't even worry about it. If you have a moment where don't know what to do with yourself, send me a sparkmail and I'll make you a list of fun things to do.
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DONNABRIGHT 8/20/2013 8:42AM

    I was scared to death to retire but now I don't know how I had time to go to work. I've never looked back! You'll do fine!

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NANCYPAT1 8/20/2013 6:55AM

    Mr too - but I have a while yet

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DIANE7786 8/20/2013 5:06AM

    My husband loved everything about his job. When friends and co-workers retired he couldn't see the point. It seemed boring. They said he would know when he was ready. One beautiful day last spring he was driving into work and decided he was ready. He waited two months to be sure. During that time he had his annual physical. His doctor said successful retirees have daily routines including sleeping, eating and exercising at about the same time. They also have a calendar of planned activities. Watching TV should be planned. It's important to look back and see that days are filled. Retirees who wake up not knowing what they will do that day often do nothing all day. That becomes their very unhealthy routine. His advice made the transition easy. He's happy. Me too. I wish you a successful retirement.

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SUSANBEAMON 8/20/2013 12:54AM

  When you start thinking about retirement, your spirit is giving you a heads up. When I started to think about retirement seriously, I started planning. There are many things I want to do, and 'm dong them now.

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