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Life After Retirement: How to Make the Most of Your Golden Years

RobertCordrayYou’ve put in decades of hard work and dedication and the big day has arrived. You’ve finally retired. Many years of freedom are now in front of you, ripe for the taking.

So, now what?

It’s a question many retirees struggle with. After a lifetime of working every weekday, having so much free time on your hands requires a big adjustment. Many people simply don’t know what to do with themselves. Here are just a few suggestions that can help make your retirement years happy and rewarding.

Keep a Budget

Hopefully you’ve saved up for these years. Even if you have, the best way to make the money last is by keeping a budget. You’ll no longer have the steady stream of income flowing from a full-time career, so budgeting your expenses is a must. Once you have everything planned out, you’ll know how much you can spend on recreational activities.


Now that you don’t answer to a job, you’re free to travel the world. Think about all the countries you’ve never been to or the famous sites you’ve never seen. You can take big trips around the world or keep things a little closer to home. Either way, now is the time to get out and explore. If you have the finances for it, buying a motorhome isn’t a bad investment if you plan to be on the road for long periods of time.


If you have a passion for making a difference, your post-retirement years can be spent giving back to your community. Volunteering for a non-profit organization will not only keep you busy, it will help you be productive during a time when many people kick back and relax.

Read or Write

With so many hours of free time each day, you can finally get around to reading those books you’ve always wanted to check out. Or you can look into genres you’ve never really read before. Reading can also be a good way to generate new ideas for what to do with your time. As personal care company NuSkin says, “reading frequently will keep your brain engaged and open to new ideas.” In addition to reading, you can also take up writing that novel that’s always been on your mind, or you might start a blog to share your years of experience with the world.

Find a Hobby

Here’s your chance to really dedicate yourself to your life’s passions. It might also be the perfect opportunity to try out new things. Hobbies will help occupy your time and give you something to look forward to each day. Whether it’s hiking, gardenings, golf, knitting, playing cards, or music, you no longer have an excuse for putting off what you truly like to do.

Get a Part-Time Job

Yes, you may have retired from your career, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop working. Having a part-time job doing something you really enjoy can be very fulfilling while also bringing in some extra income. It’s also a great way to meet new people and get out of the house more.

These tips are just the start of an almost endless list of possibilities for post-retirement life. Don’t let anything hold you back from pursuing what you want to do. You’ve earned these years of freedom, so make the most of them.

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Posted by Robert Cordray on April 18th, 2014 in New Directions | 0 comments Read related posts in , , ,

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