If there's one thing I've learned over the course of the many, many trips we've taken throughout the USA since retiring, it's that there are a whole lot of opinions about my native state of California from a whole lot of people that have never lived here. For the most part I find it endlessly entertaining, such as being asked what it's like to live among movie stars. Well, we don't actually because most of them live behind locked gates in very exclusive areas. Or, if it's true that we can sunbathe year round? Sadly, no, though for sure you can do anything other than sunbathe year round!.
And while much of what I've heard opined about is accurate, such as traffic - yep, we have it, but primarily because 10% of you all live here! - much of it is not. For example, doesn't our whole state catch fire every year? Well, no, though the news makes it sound that way. Remember that we're a pretty darn large piece of real estate, so even if a story about C…
We have had several occasions to be with new retirees in the the last few weeks, the result of our circle of friends finally beginning to reach retirement age and join us 'out here.' It's been such fun to see their excitement at finally being able to walk away from the stress of the workplace, and to hear of their plans for how they intend to spend their new-found time, including spending more time pursuing outside endeavors with us, yeah!
All of which has served to remind us how far we've come in the seven years since we've been retired, me first at age 48, then hubby a year later at age 56. Initially our biggest concern was the financials of retirement, as would be expected, but now, having aged to 55 and 63 respectively, our ongoing health and energy occupy far more of our daily concerns than our finances do. Our finances are pretty much on autopilot at this point, with our spending patterns pretty well established. Our health and energy however, are definitely…
I was honored recently to be asked to write a blog post about the experience of relocating in retirement by Sue over at the most excellent Sizzling Toward 60 & Beyond. In that the post just went live, I'm happy to share news of it here, in the hopes that you'll hop on over using the link below, and enjoy perusing it as much as I enjoyed writing it!
And after you've read it, I hope you'll continue to return to Sue's blog, which I list in my blog roll here. The array of topics she covers all relate to thriving in our 50's, 60's and beyond, and it is consistently one of my favorite reads.
The article has also just been listed here on The Blogger's Lifestyle as well, a blog full of interesting links to articles about living large in our 50's and beyond. Well worth checking out!
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