Retirement: What Do I Do Now? 

So far this month in our blogs on retirement we’ve looked at factors that may influence when you retire, some considerations with your “why” in retirement, as well as aligning your expectations with reality.    Now we need to talk about the most popular topic, and in many cases what people wrestle with the most in retirement…what do I do …

Retirement: Expectations vs. Reality 

Setting and managing expectations is one of the simplest, yet trickiest, processes on the planet, particularly if we are managing our own! People who manage others’ expectations can probably claim to be able to execute anything, provided the expectations set are realistic. After all, most of the time it’s just time and money…and those are two commodities that can be isolated …

Retirement: The Question of “Why?” 

When I googled “why retire?”, I came across an article from “Senior Lifestyle” that outlined the 7 top reasons to retire. Here are the headlines:  While I thought some of the content was interesting and useful to consider, I believe a better answer to “why retire” comes from considering the work of Simon Sinek, noted author and speaker. He developed …

Retirement: Caution…Timing is Everything 

In 1599, William Shakespeare first used the phrase, “timing is everything”, in his play, Julius Caesar.  While I don’t have proof to this point, given Shakespeare’s many references to Biblical truths, it wouldn’t surprise me if he had Ecclesiastes in mind. There we’re told in chapter 3, verse 1:   “There is a time for everything, and a season for every …

Retirement: Will You Know When the Time is Right? 

When you hear the word “retirement”, what comes to mind? Here are a few fun perspectives I’ve found:  Hmmm, please read that last one again. I think there might be a couple of different angles to it. First, you could read it to mean that God’s retirement plan is not of this world and has eternal ramifications. Or, you could read it …

Retired or Re-Fired?

During the past 70 years or so, the subject of retirement has gained ground rapidly in America due to health and economic advantages we are now afforded. People are living longer, and many are now able to retire for as many years as they have previously worked. In fact, one of the fastest growing populations segments in America are those …

Too Old for a Job from God?

Jeff lost his job and found the God who provides.  His true story from the newly published book, Jehovah-Jireh, begins with this lie echoing in his mind… You’re too old. They didn’t say it that way, but Jeff knew exactly what they meant. Comments like “I bet a thirty-year-old got that job,” or “Finding a job isn’t easy for people …

The Surprising Truth about Retirement – Part 2

"Retirement by 401(K) 2012, on Flickr"

Last week I shared some surprising truths about retirement, including needs and challenges.  This week, let’s focus on opportunities to embark on a new adventure. Re-Hirement  Instead of just retiring, re-hire!  You may or may not need the money, but most people need to do something productive and valuable. Reevaluate your life, future and hope.  You are not the same …

The Surprising Truth about Retirement – Part 1

"Retirement by 401(K) 2012, on Flickr"

At midnight March 31, I pulled the plug on my Primus Consulting business. A month earlier on my 70th birthday, I announced it was closing after 28 years in business.  The website is now down, and the email no longer works.  I am continuing to notify past clients and associates, settling accounts, liquidating assets and preparing for its corporate funeral. …