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Changing relationships can wreck havoc in retirement. Positive relationships are an essential ingredient to being happy in your work and in your retirement so if the change is a negative one it has to go!
For those of us fortunate enough to retire with our spouse it can come as quite a shock to realise that we have different ideas about what our life together in retirement will be like.
The wife thinks Ah more time with the family, baby sitting, lunch with the girls, volunteering, resurrecting hobbies (the list is endless!) while the husband looks forward to more time together. Result? Grumpy old man syndrome! [Read more…] about Changing Relationships in Retirement
At every stage in life we all make choices that best suits what we think are important.
Being retired is no different. When you ask someone “What do you do?” and they reply “Retired” we may well fall back on our stereotypical views on retirement. They could anything from Caribbean cruises to sensible clothes and “Nana Naps”.
Retirement is no different to any other stage of life. One size does not fit all! If you are in any doubt take a look at the contributions from my “Roving Retirees”
Relationships, however are the one constant. Unless you are living completely off grid we all have to get along with others.
Being retired there are some dynamics we don’t have to deal with crying babies teenage angst come to mind! Such is life that these have been replaced with retirement alternatives. [Read more…] about Retirement and Changing Roles
Financial planners will tell you that your starting point is a financial retirement plan in order to secure your retirement income. If you have already decided that this is a priority then get it out of the way, but, remember it is not the only goal for a good retirement. A positive retirement needs a more stable foundation than money in the bank. Let’s face it money has a habit of disappearing! If you already know that money doesn’t buy happiness or if you haven’t got enough spare cash to interest a retirement income then read on! I want to share a starting point that should come before you start talking planning, (remember my Plan A) and before you start talking to a financial adviser about your retirement income.
“If you already know that money doesn’t buy happiness or if you haven’t got enough spare cash to interest a financial retirement planner then read on!”
Where to start then? Well we start with where we are now communicating. If you are retiring with your spouse then you start by talking to each other. Talking about your expectations can uncover a few surprises. Dealing with the fall out of changing roles and relationships is not a good place to begin your retirement plan. If you are a solo retiree you need a friend or family member to be your sounding board. Choose wisely! Planning for your retirement begins with knowing what you want plus what your spouse wants! Sounds simple but one of the main frictions in retirement is assuming you know the expectations of your significant other.
“Planning for your retirement begins with knowing what you want and, if you are a retiring couple, what your spouse wants”
In “The Best Way To Start Your Retirement” you will find 8 steps should follow before you retire. They are guaranteed to minimize retirement conflicts and give you the opportunity to find your comfort zone.