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Life in Retirement

4 Reasons to Retire Abroad in Sunny Aix-en-Provence, France
13 hours ago

4 Reasons to Retire Abroad in Sunny Aix-en-Provence, France

For our grandparents, retirement was short, boring and lonely. Our grandmas considered themselves lucky if they made it to their 70th birthday and the average life expectancy for our grandfathers’ …
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8 Suitcases to My Name: My Extreme Downsizing Experience and What it Taught Me
2 days ago

8 Suitcases to My Name: My Extreme Downsizing Experience and What it Taught Me

I never expected to cry over a lost suitcase, but, this is exactly what I did when the airline told me that one of my 8 suitcases had gone missing. …
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Dear Boomers: Is Your Generosity Making You Poor?
4 days ago

Dear Boomers: Is Your Generosity Making You Poor?

If you are a Millennial reading this title (unlikely, I know!), you’re probably thinking “What the heck is this old woman talking about? Boomers are selfish and rich. They destroyed …
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Older Adults Are Spending Epic Amounts on Home Renovations… But, it Won’t Matter if We Don’t Do This!
1 week ago

Older Adults Are Spending Epic Amounts on Home Renovations… But, it Won’t Matter if We Don’t Do This!

For most of our lives, home renovations involve making our home more exciting, inviting and valuable. New decks make room for summer BBQ fun, kitchen refreshes give us room to …
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4 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Retiring Abroad as an American
3 weeks ago

4 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Retiring Abroad as an American

Almost 10 years ago, I left my comfortable life in the U.S. behind and boarded a plane to retire abroad… first in the U.K. and, eventually, in Switzerland. As I …
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Not All Retirement Stress is Bad – So, Throw Some Piranhas in the Fish Tank!
7 months ago

Not All Retirement Stress is Bad – So, Throw Some Piranhas in the Fish Tank!

Almost all of us want to reduce the stress in our lives as we enter retirement. After decades of screaming kids, performance reviews, road rage and social pressure, we are finally ready to relax and take it easy a bit. On the one hand, this is a perfectly natural desire. After all, stress is bad, right? Why wouldn’t we want to live stress-free lives in retirement?
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43 Inspirational Retirement Quotes to Help You Get More from the Best Years of Your Life!
7 months ago

43 Inspirational Retirement Quotes to Help You Get More from the Best Years of Your Life!

The concept of retirement has changed over the years. In the past, most retirement quotes, for example, focused on leaving your work behind, relaxing and enjoying “the best years of your life.” Now, with people living longer, the way that we look at retirement is changing. For starters, the idea that retirement is a destination is falling out of favor. Instead, an increasing number of seniors are choosing to work in retirement or start their own business. Here are our favorite retirement quotes.
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How Selling Your Car When You Retire Could Give You $70K When You Need it Most
7 months ago

How Selling Your Car When You Retire Could Give You $70K When You Need it Most

When I ask people in their 50s what they are most looking forward to in retirement, you would be surprised by the number that say, “Not having to commute!” As someone who spent 2 hours a day traveling between Seattle and Redmond, I totally get this perspective. There is something genuinely soul-sucking about breathing in exhaust fumes, dealing with angry drivers and worrying about whether you are going to make it to your first meeting on time. Good riddance, I say! Read More

Sharing These 4 Money Mistakes Will Kill My Image as “Super Grandma” (But, I’ll Do it Anyway!)
7 months ago

Sharing These 4 Money Mistakes Will Kill My Image as “Super Grandma” (But, I’ll Do it Anyway!)

Like most children, my grandkids think of me as a superhero. I am a bringer of gifts and laughter. I am their “baba with a backpack” who Skypes them from mountain tops and cruise ships, desert villages and London hotels. At their ages (8 and 2), I’m pretty sure that they are the only people in the world who think I am perfect… although that will probably change when they get a little older! Read More

Down with Downsizing: The Art of Rightsizing Before and During Retirement
7 months ago

Down with Downsizing: The Art of Rightsizing Before and During Retirement

Few trends have captured the imagination of soon-to-be retirees with as much force as downsizing. In fact, if you read most retirement blogs or books, downsizing feels like it is almost a prerequisite to moving into the next phase of your life. The truth, as I have found by managing a community of 500,000 recent retirees, is more complicated.  Read More