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Mon., July 22, 2013, 9:03 a.m.

Advice, please

After 23 years of working for the same organization, I have resigned my position and am now…home. Retirement? Refocus? Renewal? Rethinking possibilities for the future? Relaxing? Time will tell. Seem to be having trouble with the relaxing thing.

If there is no other formal employment (aside from writing projects), what steps should be taken for a healthy, enjoyable retirement or transition time?

Here is what I have been told so far:

  •  Make no long-term commitments for one year (Johnny)
  •  Think of retirement as simply choosing when and how you want to work (Johnny)
  •  Stay involved in some things as it adds to longevity and makes life interesting (Bill)
  •  Don’t be in a hurry to create a new routine – it will emerge (Mitzi)

     What helpful advice do you have to offer when someone ends work and lands at home?

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