The second adjustment was in the wording just under the Satisfying Retirement blog name. What used to read "Helping You Create an Exciting and Productive Lifestyle After Work" now lacks the last two words, After Work. Big deal, right?
Why did I bother? Maybe I am a slow learner, but almost 11 months after starting this blog it has become obvious to me that a growing percentage of folks who have retired from their primary job have no intention of giving up work completely. Various studies show that anywhere from 20-43% of all retirees want to continue to work part time, start their own business, get another full time job, or even combine periods of leisure with periods of employment. Probably due to a combination of factors, to many the idea of stopping work at a certain age never to get a paycheck again seems outdated.
Most retirees (and those moving in that direction) are not satisfied to play 18 holes of golf a day, watch TV until falling asleep in the easy chair and call that a satisfying retirement lifestyle. We are eager to find new passions and hobbies, volunteer our time and talents, develop and strengthen relationships, travel extensively, and effectively manage our financial health. We are also not ready to give up making money and being stimulated by work.
So the two missing words at the top of the blog are quite significant. It means I am able to include more posts that reflect the desire, or need, to stay employed in some fashion. While the mission of this blog remains to help us develop our own version of a satisfying retirement, that vision will now include how into integrate work into your retirement lifestyle, if you so choose. That subtle change allows me to expand my horizons and you to receive and share a new category of information.
I am at work developing a series of posts for this blog that will deal with
- The reasons many of us want to work after retirement
- Part time work and retirement
- Starting your own business: why?
- Cycling: work for a while, travel and leisure for a while, then back to work
Watch for this new series over the next several weeks. I hope the addition of this topic helps you better achieve your goal of building a productive and satisfying retirement lifestyle.