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Any advice for the about-to-be retired?

Any advice for the about-to-be retired?

Old 04-05-2015, 09:16 AM
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I will be retired 6 years this Sept. I find I am so busy I wonder how I ever managed working! I am never bored but that is my personality. I can always find something to do. I totally agree with Jeanne S. Make sure all of your affairs are in order and don't over do on volunteering. Just relax and enjoy life. I am pretty frugal and spending is a bit frightening but I am learning to stop worrying so much about the "what ifs". Being a widow makes it a bit harder because I don't have someone to discuss large purchases. I would suggest you get up every day and get dressed and go out sometime during the day. Make new friends but keep the old ones close. Nothing in this world beats girlfriends. I moved to Illinois from NJ to be closer to my grandchildren. It has been a good move for me though finding friends was at first pretty hard. Now I belong to a quilt group, a hand quilting group, volunteer at the library and do lunch with my friends. I found that if I just went about the business of enjoying my life I would run into people that enjoyed the same things. It worked for me!
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Old 04-05-2015, 10:24 AM
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I agree. Enjoy your retirement. If you want to, volunteer a couple of days a week with doing what you would enjoy.
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Old 04-05-2015, 03:02 PM
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Just be prepared to wonder where the time goes. I am busier now than when I worked. Do the things you enjoy, not because you have always done it one way. Welcome to the Club of Pro-cast-n-8ters.
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Old 04-05-2015, 04:38 PM
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Never say no to someone who wants to go to lunch!
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Old 04-06-2015, 03:02 AM
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Welcome to retirement. You will learn to sleep late (if you want) and not feel guilty.
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Old 04-06-2015, 03:34 AM
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Congratulations on your retirement! I have loved every moment of mine. I did think about what gadgets I might want and bought them while still working.
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Old 04-06-2015, 04:06 AM
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Originally Posted by lots2do View Post
Hi quilt buddies,
I have about 46 more school days before I officially retire. Any advice - quilt related or not - is welcomed. We will have our house on the market (fingers crossed for that venture) and won't be settled into our condo in Florida until the fall. I anticipate noticing more changes in the fall when I would regularly go back to school than in the summer.
But, I would welcome any suggestions. (I am so looking forward to more quilting/creating time).
I will be joining you at the end of June. I have been putting aside some projects to work on when retirement comes but some things have happened in the last 6 months that have thrown that into a tizzy. My older son got engaged in Nov, one of my nieces got engaged in Dec, my younger son got engaged last week and My one married niece just texted us that she is pregnant. I better get busy on quilts.
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Old 04-06-2015, 04:06 AM
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In a few months you'll wonder how you ever found time to go to work!
I wanted to be retired so I quit my job the next day after the last child graduated college. LOL. DH will retire next year and we are looking for our new home. We don't want to stay in the area we are in now. I'm looking forward to a new place.
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Old 04-06-2015, 04:36 AM
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One of the things I did was to join ancestry.com (no afiliation). I have enjoyed hundred of hours researching my family tree. I found a civil war soldier relative who kept a journal for 1 year during his tour of duty - the original is housed at the University of Vermont, and I have a transcript of it. I "met" a lady in New Hampshire - our great grandmothers were sisters. I was contacted by a man in France who had a dog tag with my uncle's name on it. Both these people found me though my public family tree. I just wish I had asked more questions of my grandparents when they were alive.
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Old 04-06-2015, 04:47 AM
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Buy everything you need...new sewing machine, fabric, thread, rulers....because after you retire it is harder to find the funds for these extra things....not impossible but more difficult. I added to my stash before I retired and bought two Bernina machines. I would like an upgraded Bernina with a larger throat but unfortunately cannot find the funds for it..such is life...when you have money no time...when you have time no money.
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