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!

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Few Put Finances First When Retiring | Squared Away Blog

I read an interesting article today that if married couples are around people who are getting divorced at work and in their social circles, they are more likely to get divorced themselves.

This could be true also for retirees: if you see your colleagues, counterparts, friends and family retiring, would you be more likely to retire, regardless of your financial readiness.

The researched-based article from Squared Away, which is linked below, suggests that there are psychological factors at play when making the decision.  One financial planner is quoted as saying that pre-retirees have a vague idea of where they’re at financially; however, often, he suggests it’s an important change such as a friend’s retirement or deteriorating health that brings about a retirement.

Additionally, I see others who would fall into the category referenced of having more education and resources, working into their late 60’s or 70’s.  Perhaps because they have been more successful at their job and retaining their professional identity longer outweighs their perceived benefits of more leisure time.  What is your experience?

Please comment below on your personal or anecdotal experience of others who are approaching or in retirement.  We can learn from each other!

Source: Few Put Finances First When Retiring | Squared Away Blog

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!