Then in early April, she reappeared with a new effort, Life out Loud. Her first post set the stage for what she was going to do with her new creative outlet. Then, she promptly left the country for a month-long vacation. A few days ago she reappeared with a fresh post. I like her new focus so much I decided to share it here.
What Suzanne did was identify the individual parts of her whole self that she considers significant to to well-being. This is her list:
The Care And Keeping Of My Whole Self
Physical Self - Taking care of my body through regular exercise and a healthy diet
Spiritual Self - Spending time in contemplative thought, prayer, and expressing gratitude
Financial Self - Being mindful of the bottom line and practicing fiscal responsibility
Family Self - Responding to the needs of family and honoring my commitments
Creative Self - Experiencing joy through self-expression
Social Self - Maintaining healthy relationships with friends; enjoying social experiences
Community Self - Being socially responsible through volunteer efforts
To my way of thinking this is a a tremendous road map for a happy life and a satisfying retirement. As has been discussed on this blog many times, I find too many resources for retirement spend virtually all their time on the financial side. Certainly, that part is vitally important. But, the cliche, "money can't buy you happiness" can be extended to include..."or a satisfying retirement." The other areas of our development are every bit as important.
In my just released book, Living a Satisfying Retirement, nearly 50 people make it very clear that a happy transition is dependent on developing every aspect of one's life. Without creativity and a way to fill one's time, a strong family relationship or circle of friends, a sense of community, and taking care of your health, the best-laid financial plans will not produce what you desire.
i am glad Suzanne has begun blogging again and allows us to accompany her on her journey to care for her whole self.