I had a blast speaking at the AT&T "You Matter - Getting Retirement Ready" webcast this week. It was great running into old friends and colleagues as I walked down to the complex, entered the beautiful familiar lobby and on the the auditorium. I was honored to share, with thousands of former colleagues, how I prepared to retire and what I've been up to since then. That was just a few days ago, and I've already changed my language from Getting Retirement Ready to Getting Ready For What Comes Next. If you've been reading my blog, you already know that I am constantly working on my self-talk.
Retirement Ready, But Not Retired!
I am not really retired. I got retirement ready, retired in 2016, and within months moved into a whole new work thing. In fact, I created a number of new work streams. First, I work hard coaching clients on achieving their goals and dreams. And, it seems like I am either writing a speech or giving one every time I look around. ( I forget to announce my appearances on my website, but I'll get better about that.) Blogging and writing in a variety of media require planning and time, too. Plus, did I tell you that I'm writing a book that should be complete, but isn't yet? Throw in some fun excursions, volunteer hours and family time - and I am fully productive. Busier than I ever expected to be in my "what-comes-next-retirement". The good news is that every bit of it sets me on fire every single day! This work challenges me differently than my previous corporate work. I love that I get to do only what I absolutely enjoy doing. There is no drudgery in my day. Don't get me wrong, I loved working for AT&T and had a fabulous career. It's just so cool that now I can leverage the best of my talents and interests every day, and still take a nap on a Wednesday afternoon if I want to. Perhaps I will inspire some of you to Get Retirement Ready - meaning get your finances in order - and then like me, Get to Doing Whatever You Darn Well Want To! Retirement Ready - But Not Retired. Reinvented!