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    Any advice for the about-to-be retired?

    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).
    Thanks!
    lots2do

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    No advice...just say welcome. I retired 8 years ago from teaching...counted down every day that year! Recently moved to Oklahoma...love every minute!
    Retired teacher, loving it.
    Love quilting also.

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    congrats on your retirement. since you are moving to a new area and may want to 'explore' the area, i would suggest volunteering for things like meals on wheels or transporting to medical appointments. i've met some great people that way and you learn how to get around your new town.
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    Congratulations! I would get some info on quilt groups and quilts stores close to where you are moving.

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    I left a job I loved and worried about retirement. That lasted about a minute. You will know what you want to do - if you get bored you can explore your surroundings. All I knew was that I was going to the gym 3 mornings a week and then I branched out made a few new friends and still left enough time for myself. I mainly do what I want with no pressure on myself. I think you will see how it goes and plan accordingly. Some people will quilt all day long - some will be outside in the fresh air and there are many options in between. So go with the flow and enjoy!!!!
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    Do what makes you happy!
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    Enjoy your retirement!! I have been retired almost 8 years now and am loving every minute of it!! Take some time to explore what you want to do. I had so many things I wanted to do that i overcommitted myself the first year---mainly with community volunteer activities. Eventually I got better at saying "no" and pared it down to a schedule I enjoy without overdoing it. Allow yourself to enjoy "piddling" as I call it---sitting in my Jammie's at 10am reading the paper is OK!!! Keep up some socializing with friends, don't let yourself get isolated and lonely. My husband never made the effort to make guy friends and rarely leaves the house. I have made lots of suggestions of things for him to do, but he seems to prefer staying home, but I also think he gets lonely especially when I travel. I don't think that is particularly healthy.
    Also get a good handle on your finances and get comfortable with responsibly drawing down and living on your retirement income and savings. We worked hard and always had the "save" mentality---it was harder than I thought to get comfortable with spending savings now. Also, if you haven't already, get all your affairs in order---wills, advance medical directives, power of attorney, etc---you never know when the need for those will arise.
    Have fun!!!

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    Well, the first thing I did when I retired was sort my button box. I guess I needed something easy and mind numbing to recover from my stress filled job. Then over the first year I 'tried out' many different groups, without committing myself to anything. Now, 5 years later, I have a nice balance of things I do. I have two weekly commitments that I try very hard not to miss - too much fun. I also have a few once a month commitments. This seems to be a nice balance for me of social time, solitary time, time with family, etc.

    I think it really helped me to try things out that first year, without making any long term commitments to any group, so that I could leave the group gracefully.

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    Don`t worry about it. If you are like most of us on this board, I`ll bet you have some quilting projects , maybe a little yarn, needle point, embroidery work, I just made a picture of beads, I crochet a lot, this winter I made 40 neck scarves to give to homeless shelters ( not a good idea for Florida) I still have yarn left, so I made 2 afghans also for shelters, I still had yarn left, so I made large double thick hot pads to use to set large hot kettles & dishes on. I made baby quilts from pastel scraps, they go to our Golden house, In a few days a man `s family is giving him a benefit, because he has cancer, and can`t keep up with bills, so I give what I can in most of the above items mentioned. I`m sure you will find an out let for any of these things. Also do not forget, you were a Teacher and you could help some one with a learning disability, people who need better under standing of our language to fill out papers. Man I would like to live where it`s warm, but just can`t leave the snow birds, kids, grand kids, great grand kids & friends I`ve had since first grade.

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    Take it a day at a time and enjoy each to it's fullest. Like Jeanne S stated though make sure you have all your affairs in order. Then move on and enjoy. Congratulations!!

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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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    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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    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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    Welcome to retirement. You will learn to sleep late (if you want) and not feel guilty.

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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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    Quote 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).
    Thanks!
    lots2do
    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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    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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    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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    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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    All good ideas, but let me add that when you move to FL, there is a different mentality (at least in this FL town). The volunteer issue is huge! So prepare yourself. There is peer pressure no matter what age! Many, many places here depend on volunteers, and bless them for giving their time. Just be ready to be 'called upon' and have your answer ready.
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    I retired almost 15 years ago. I do not know when I found time to work. I have been really enjoying retirement and quilting too. My advise is don't do too much. That is don't commit yourself to too many things. Your time will be theirs not yours. I don't mean not to do any volunteering or things with family. Just pick and choose. And always remember to have time for you and your family. The best time is now. Enjoy

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    Join a gym, if you don't belong already, and go EVERY day that you possibly can. I was a member but didn't go regularly and ended up with sciatica. Quilting is fun but the repetitive motions involved can be really hard on your back and hips. After about six months of severe pain, I finally went to the doctor, got a good dose of steroids, some physical therapy and relief. While I was feeling good, I went back to the gym, signed up with a personal trainer, and got active and serious about exercise and diet. It's been a year. . . I look and feel so much better and can enjoy my sewing much more than before.

    It doesn't have to be a gym, but some physical activity every day is very helpful.

    Enjoy your retirement. I retired a couple of years ago from the Corporate rat race and I've never looked back!

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    I retired many years ago and we moved - not close to any relatives. We're "scattered" all over USA and in the event of a death, it's a long way back. Sorry, but I enjoyed family quite a bit and we do correspond by internet e-mail, but it just isn't the same. I saw a letter to Dear Abby(?) years ago where they had moved to her husband's retirement dream area and when he died - she was "stuck" there. She joined church, etc. to meet people, but they were pretty much family oriented and she hadn't made any close friends. Just a thought - don't move too far from relatives; it makes travel time very difficult.
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    After you are settled, make yourself get out. I would be a hermit if I could LOL. I volunteer at least one day a week and thinking about adding another. You could say, I am NOT a joiner.
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