Retirement by Design

Image & quote by Charles Eames on design for accomplishing a purpose Artists, musicians, architects and other creators have a purpose in mind when they create a song, a sculpture, a building.  As the quote from American designer, Charles Eames says, design means having a plan for arranging all the elements to accomplish your purpose.

With a song:  the instruments, notes, mix, tempo, lyrics etc all come into the design of the song.

With a sculpture:  perspective, size, texture, material, finish all form the ultimate design.

Retirement by design means planning to arrange all the elements of your life:  family, work, travel, leisure, health, spirituality, and even work,  to accomplish your purpose.

Retirement by Design means planning to arrange all the elements of your life: family, work, travel, leisure, health, spirituality, and even work, to accomplish your purpose. Click To Tweet

To accomplish your purpose, you must design your retirement around a plan that organizes all the elements that are important to you.   How will you live your retirement? How will you use your retirement? How will you design your retirement to accomplish your purpose?

The answers to these questions will help you decide how to spend your time and money each day.  You may want to begin by writing out a purpose for your retirement and then condense it to a Retirement Mission Statement.  Make your mission statement as personal, and direct as possible.

Writing your retirement purpose and mission will require introspection and analysis, and should be reviewed regularly, at least every 6 months.  Then you will be able to use your mission statement to:

  • provide clarity
  • set priorities
  • recover from set backs
  • provide direction in your life
  • in making make decisions and staying focussed on what’s important to you
  • you to respect your values and time
  • accomplish your purpose in retirement.

To begin your personal introspection,  write down your answers to  the following questions:

  1. Who am I?
  2. What do I like to do?
  3. How do I want to make a difference to myself or others?

Take some time with this exercise.  Set it aside and review it in 5 or 7 days.  Make adjustments if necessary and then read it every day to see how it feels.  Revise as necessary.  Share it with others, and post it below in our comments section.

If you have already have a plan for your retirement purpose, or a Retirement Mission Statement, please share it with others in the comment section below.

Do you need some help?  A retirement coach can help you work through the many facets of planning for retirement that can lead to designing your retirement purpose and personal retirement mission statement.  Click here to learn more about retirement coaching options and how to get started.


Designing Your Retirement

with a Plan towards Your Purpose!

Read more about Charles Eames.

Planning & Living your Retirement Dreams

Getting to retire feels a bit like winning the lottery.  Will it actually every happen to me?  If I don’t ever have to work again, what would that feel like?   What would I do with all that money and free time?

Then, you look around at all the retired people and they seem to be doing the same things.  Living somewhere warmer, (BC if they’re from Alberta, Arizona or Mexico if they’re from BC) and looking for friends to do things with.

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Maybe they are living their dream or maybe they are just living someone else’s plan.  Maybe they are happy, maybe they are not.

Knowing how you want to spend your retirement time and money, is important. What would you do if you won the lottery? What would you do if you didn’t have to work anymore?  Go ahead, Dream!  Dream Big and then make plans to make it reality.

This website is about planning and living your dream.  My kids remind me how I always told them:

Dream the Plan,

Work the Plan,

Reap the Benefits of the Plan.

Ok, so it’s not that poetic, but it’s who I am.  I’m a planner and I like to think of myself as semi-retired at 46.  I started a business that I love nearly 20 years ago and it became my sole income when I left my six-figure corporate job with a plan to have more balance in my life.

Plan to have your best life possible in retirement and you will. Don’t and you may not.  Don’t leave your retirement to chance.

Whether you are 10 years or 3 years away or already retired, it’s not too soon or too late. Bookmark this blog and we’ll help you plan and live your best retirement!

Retirement is your choice!

cropped-67p1pgk2_400x400.jpegAn interesting thing, is that as people I know reach retirement age, they seem to hesitate and later to flounder wondering what to do.  Is it possible that all the emphasis has been on financial planning with a belief that they will never retire?

Until one day, they’re retired.

This website intends to help inspire the planning process, the positive anticipation, and a courageous approach to living your best life in your retirement, whatever that may look like.

To begin, we must not get hung up in the word retirement.  It has a lot of baggage.  Whatever it will mean for you, firstly, don’t let anyone define what your retirement should look like, or when you are ready.

To begin, we must not get hung up in the word retirement. It has a lot of baggage. Whatever it will mean for you, firstly, don't let anyone define what your retirement should look like, or when you are ready. Click To Tweet

Welcome to Retirement Dreams, a community of information, inspiration, and intention setting for your own meaningful, purposeful retirement.

This is the time of your life! So many people find themselves in retirement, wondering what to do with their time, talents, and money.  Too many people return to work, not because they need the money, but because they don’t know how to fill their days without the schedule of work.

Visit this site often and learn from other pre-retirees, retirees, career-changers, coaches, and professionals. We invite you to be a part of this community, explore and share how to help other live their retirement dreams!