Enrich Your Life!
Which days are the happiest in our lives? At Retirebook, we think the best days could easily be the days you are living right now. A happy retirement is so much more than how much money you have.
Both my mom and grandparents kick-started their retirement by volunteering in their communities and making friends in the process. I remember randomly calling my grandmother to come over for dinner. She wasn’t sitting there waiting for someone to call, she was getting ready to go out with the friends she met at her volunteer job! We took a raincheck. I loved that about my grandmother. She always had something fun to do.
We spoke to other retirees about what they do to stay happy, engaged, and active. Here are some of their stories about how they found happiness in their golden years.
Forget about losing weight or exercising more! My New Years resolutions for 2015 are focused on travel and enriching my life. Dieting is boring. 1. I'm going to do a better job of keeping a travel journal. Actually, the writing part is going in my laptop and my...read more
Two years ago, I had a life altering event. I lost my job. Never having lost a job before, this was devastating. In my mind, the job defined who I was. After working in the computer field for over 25 years as a network administrator, I was a good one. It was a high...read more
Our 2014 snowbird adventure found us camping in Yuma for two weeks. We questioned why several of our neighbors in the RV park would head out in their cars every morning and not return until evening? "We go for dental care in Mexico" was the reply. They said it...read more
It's a beautiful summer day in Portland, and there's not a cloud in the sky. I am a teenager, and my grandfather is visiting us. I love this guy. He taught me how to fish when I was a little boy, and he always has such interesting stories to tell. Today, he has this...read more
Haven’t we all, even for a moment, thought about just jumping in the car or on a plane and leaving? Just walk away from it all? What freedom it would be to live like a nomad and go where the wind blows us. Stay someplace until the weather changes or another offer...read more
One of the things that concerns all of us is how safe we will be in another country or culture. While horror stories abound on the news, rest assured there are hundreds of thousands of people living and travelling all over the world on any given day of the year. ...read more
What's on your retirement bucket list? Clean out the garage? Take your dog on more walks? How about traveling to all the places you wanted to go, but have never been before? How about spending some quality time watching your grandchildren grow up? Or maybe do...read more
A wealthy friend gave me some great advice the day he retired, and this is what he had to say. “Save early into your 401k, and you can retire early.” I was 22 years old at the time, and I am here to tell you the power of compounding interest is a wonderful thing. I...read more
If you want to find happiness - get a dog. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and all you have to do is look at the picture of my dog above. That is the joy I feel every day. From the moment I brought this little guy home, he has brought me unconditional...read more
Many years ago, on my first trip to the UK, we flew out of Vancouver BC which is not far from home. So many amazing things happened on that trip, but the first thing that happened was at the check-in desk. The clerk put a tag on my suitcase that said World...read more
Hard to believe, but I had a lost husband at Disneyworld. We went there using our airmiles a couple of years ago. Bill had never been to Florida and I'd been several times so it was a whole new experience for him. We stayed in nearby Kissimmee and took the...read more
Imagine what life would be like if you retired overseas. There you are, sitting on your lakeside patio in a warm climate for $500 a month rent. Your total expenses come to about $1200 for two people, leaving some savings to travel back home when you want to go see...read more
I’m standing in the grocery store trying to decide about wine on a budget. My friend drinks red and I’m more into the whites. The prices vary from $2.99 all the way to $49 and I’m sure you can buy it for more in a wine shop. I go through a bottle in about two...read more
Genealogy is something fun for retirement. It becomes addicting and having to leave it to go do anything else will just annoy you. If you have any interest in finding your family's roots, stop right now and get on line with Ancestry.com. Watch the TV show "Who Do...read more
If you volunteer at your community theatre, you will find it provides a creative outlet as well as an instant circle of friends. Not the shy people in town, theatre folks welcome new talent, including set builders, painters, costumers, ticket takers and cookie...read more
How many times have you said “Someday I want to do that!” or “I want to go there someday!”? Then time slips by, life changes, and your dream of adventure or doing something new slips away. How do we make these dreams become “I am going to do that” and “I am going...read more
It doesn't take much money to live - if we try. There are dozens of ways, but here's ten. I just want to laugh when someone says they have a "fixed income" and live on a budget! Whether we work or not, are living on retirement savings, or none at all - we all live...read more