Retire – Downsize – Teach

Teaching a class

Having a purposeful activity in place at retirement is one of the best ways of ensuring a long and satisfying life. As comedian George Burns used to say – “I’ll show up as long as I’m booked.” George lived to age 100. Of all the activities available to us when retiring, teaching is one of the most stimulating and useful. The possibilities are endless and the opportunities to help others is wide. If this applies to you or a family member, here are some suggestions on where to start.

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Retire – Downsize – Learn

Never Stop Learning

September always feels like “back to school month” regardless of your age. It is usually a time of renewed energy and anticipation of learning something new. Boomers facing retirement often look forward to completing some unfinished education, testing untapped interests and new fields of learning. Here are some suggestions to get you started if this describes you.

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Retire – Downsize – Volunteer

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Retirement usually raises the following question “What will I do with my time?”. Sometimes the question doesn’t get much consideration until after you retire and your daily schedule becomes more clear. After all, you still have your daily routines, responsibilities and time with family and friends. However, wanting to “keep busy”, “make a difference” or “give back” are very common retirement goals. Here are some suggestions on how to find the right volunteer fit for you.

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Retire – Downsize – Play Music

Music quote

Having a busy life as an adult often means that some of our personal interests get put off until “someday”. Learning or playing a musical instrument is one of the desires of the heart that get pushed aside for more pressing responsibilities. Taking your singing voice beyond the shower may also be a long-time dream. Retirement can provide a great opportunity to unpack your long-hidden musical interests and bring them to the forefront. Here are a few suggestions on how you can get connected and let loose.

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Retire – Downsize – Work!

Coffee and work

Aren’t you supposed to stop working when you retire? Nope. Times have changed. More people who are no longer in their full-time job are now working after “retirement”. The reason for this varies. They are still working by necessity, by choice or by invitation. Here’s what I see when surveying the retirement landscape.

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Retire – Downsize – Paint/Draw

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One of the great artistic pleasures of life is painting. However, as anyone who has tried their hand at painting, drawing or sculpting knows, it takes time. If you are close to retirement and had to push your art to the side in the past, you have something exciting to look forward to. Here are six suggestions on how to light a spark in your creativity after you retire.

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Downsizing Stories – Go South | Health | Debt

Palm trees, blue sky, white clouds

Stories of others who have downsized can be very helpful in when are in a similar situation. Here are three, video stories of couples who downsized for three different reasons:
* to retire and “go South”
* to respond to a health change
* to get out of debt.

How did it work out for them?

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Retire – Downsize – Read

Books in a basket

Avid readers who are on the threshold of retiring are very enthusiastic about their upcoming retirement. They have a backlog of books to start or finish and lists of authors to explore. Pleasant anticipation seems to be their primary emotion. Here are some thoughts for retiring book fans on Reading Time, Space and Location.

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Retire – Downsize – Travel

Travel-Volkswagen-Bug

One of the most popular trends for boomers in the GTA who are retiring is to downsize and do some travelling*. Usually, they are moving to a smaller residence and want to enjoy some their well-earned retirement with a travel vacation. Here are some things to consider if this describes you.

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Who gets the cottage?

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A family cottage is often taken for granted when downsizing and/or planning for retirement. However, a cottage is “that piece of real estate that brings families together but can also drive them apart.” Listen in on a frank discussion between two experienced estate lawyers on how to handle the situation. (Video).

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