Retirement Yenta believes in a healthy fantasy life. Daydreaming has been one of her favorite things to do since she was a wee little Yenta. It has helped her plan as she approaches Retirement Level 10. Your dear Yenta wants you to daydream of the life you would like to have once you have reached Retirement Level 10. She then wants you to run a few rough numbers to determine what it would cost to live that fantasy life. Then she wants you to run some more numbers to determine how much it will cost 5 years, 10 years, even 20 years out (regardless of the economy). This will help you begin to budget and decide if you are ready to begin the Retirement transition. To top it all off, it also will give you something to sing about…like the Monkees!
Retirement Yenta’s second tip states: Weed Out Your Books. Back in the beginnings of your dear Yenta’s blog, tablet readers were just getting started. Your dear Yenta recommended retiring old books like How to Win Friends & Influence People and replacing them with Retirement Reading…things like health & wealth, second home improvement, hobbies, travel guides, medical references, and the classics. This Yenta is has now become a fan of reading on her tablet and loves having her library in the palm of her hand. She is once again weeding out her paper books and going digital. It has long been a regular Yenta Process to weed out books so there is room on the shelf for new reads, but these days, this little Yenta wants to fill her bookcases with tchotchkes, trinkets, and photos of her favorite people (and pugs)…and a few of her timeless favorite traditional paper books that she cannot live without.
Retirement Yenta recommends you wrangle your reading onto an e-reader and rescue your bookcases from the weight of paper books and replace them with trinkets to tickle your fancy.
Once upon a time, long, long ago in a far off land called the Wilds of Connecticut, a little Yenta began to think about Retirement as she grew up and became wiser, she thought more about Retirement. This little Yenta loved the idea of Retirement more than anything. Finally, one day, while living in the Great City of New York, the Yenta saw a movie about blogging and thought, what a great way to ponder her love, Retirement, for everyone to read. The little Yenta donned the title of Retirement Yenta and began this blog and has been writing about Retirement for over FOUR years (can you believe it, dear Readers???!?). Whilst feeling a little nostalgic, RY went back to the beginning and looked at her sage advice. It bears repeating.
Retirement Yenta wants you to Rethink Your Thinking on Retirement. Whether or not you are in Retirement Level 1 or Retirement Level 10 (or even thinking about starting the Retirement Level journey), it is worthwhile to examine what you are doing and thinking. If you are starting the journey, begin to “start living out of your future” and practice for your impeding Retirement. If you are at Retirement Level 10, you might want to look around yourself and see if there is anything that you want to be doing that you are not doing. Is this how you want to live, dear Readers, or can you make your life better by making a few simple changes?
Retirement Yenta says: Rethink your thinking! Read, talk to your retired friends, journal and start imagining how YOUR retirement looks!
Papa Yenta passed away on July 4th, dear Readers. It was a special holiday departure for this WWII veteran.
In thinking back over the past 4 1/2 months, Retirement Yenta has discovered some great things that can be done when taking care of a loved one who is on their final journey. Your dear Yenta started this journey with Papa Y by doing some landscaping. The flowers around the home are now in full bloom and make PY’s place beautiful. Who knew this Yenta has a green thumb? Landscaping is not this Yenta’s thing (Oy! the bugs!!) and she was surprised how much she enjoyed digging around in the garden (well, until she found the dead muskrat from the pond…that was the end of the landscaping).
Another great pastime for RY and PY was to keep tabs on the horses. That’s right, you can’t keep a Yenta away from her Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Steaks. It was also great to be there by PY’s side to enjoy the running of the horses.
PY and RY love their crime stories. Many a day was spent engrossed in Law & Order marathons (this was only one of many marathon crime dramas we enjoyed together).
With all this in mind, dear Readers, Retirement Yenta wants you to embrace your time as a hospice caregiver. It will allow you some good times with your dear ones and it will help you create some fond memories during a tough time.
Retirement Yenta likes to socialize. This is well known to all her dear Readers. What she hasn’t shared yet is how she likes to socialize with like-minded people. Yes, that’s right, Retirement Yenta likes to find a group of friends who are living similar lives and she likes to share secrets with them. Her secret for saving. Their secret for surviving their kids. Her secret for the perfect blond coif. Their secret for saving a buck (or two). The list goes on and on. Oh, dear Readers, you may well know that sharing advice and wisdom is something a Yenta does best, but where does all that wisdom come from? Why, it comes from Retirement Yenta’s friends and neighbors. So, with this in mind, Retirement Yenta is at Miami Beach, getting to know her retired neighbors. So many are from New York City! BUT, there are many that are not. Oh the untapped resources for wisdom. Retirement Yenta suggests you find friends that are at your same or similar retirement level, you will have lots to share with one another, and the possibilities are endless (plus, you can have someone to play Bocci or Shuffle Board with!)
Retirement Yenta is writing to you, her dear Readers, to remind you of something very dear to this little Yenta’s heart. It’s not all about the money. Yes, that’s right, money is not everything. Recently, your dear Yenta had the opportunity to do some volunteer work for a friend. It was just the type of project that gets this Yenta’s creative juices flowing. Retirement Yenta had a GREAT time and really enjoyed meeting new people. Then, dear Readers, she took off on vacation. That’s right, it’s that time of year again. Time to zip off to Miami Beach. While Retirement Yenta was at the airport, she was thinking about this post and how excited she was from the project…that’s when it dawned on her–PASSION. It’s all about PASSION (NO, not about the Stephen Sondheim musical…and not about sex…we are talking passion for what goes on in your life). Your dear Yenta has known this deep in her heart for a long time, but it really hit her like a ton of bricks this particular day. Your dear Yenta’s work and her passion for it has driven her for a long time…not the money. With this in mind, Retirement Yenta wants to suggest you reevaluate your life. Do you have a passion for it? Do you get excited about what you do? One doesn’t need to work in their passion, but it certainly needs to be a part of one’s life.
It’s almost the New Year and the time most people decide to change their lives in some way or another. Well, Retirement Yenta was about to hop online to write her New Year post when she read something disturbing. There it was in black and white…someone complaining about all the positive, make-your-life-happy writings about retirement. Well, dear Readers, your dear Yenta does not want to mince words here. Retirement can be hard. Retirement can be depressing. But the one thing that your little Yenta has learned about life over the years is that it is about making choices. The choices you make influence how you perceive your life. You can chose to be let retirement get you down, or you can do things to keep it from being so depressing and hard.
Retirement Yenta is telling you to make choices that make you happy. Make choices that will help you enjoy your retirement. For example, like any good yenta, this Yenta likes to give advice. So, what has your dear Yenta done to aid her in giving advice? She started her Retirement Yenta blog. The advice can be spread beyond the bounds of her friends and neighbors. Retirement Yenta has dear Readers in North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Canada, and around the world! This makes RY a happy camper. Retirement Yenta also loves the beach, so when she cannot be at the beach, she shampoos in Suave coconut shampoo. The smell brings her back to the Miami Beach Tropics.
So, dear Readers, Retirement Yenta wants you to take this week to think about what makes you happy, both big and small, and she wants you to think of new ways you can make choices to bring that happiness into your life. Sure, you can choose to let life get you down, but why not turn that frown upside down? The choices don’t need to be large ones…they can be as small as some cheap (but yummy smelling) shampoo, a facial, wearing a favorite sweater, or playing a game of mah jongg.
Retirement Yenta (who is apparently becoming a windbag, oy this post is long) says: Chose one small thing that makes you happy and do that for yourself today. You deserve it.
Turkeys, Oi Gevalt! Retirement Yenta cannot stand such foul birds. While growing up in the Wilds of Connecticut, she lived near chicken farms, and that has forever turned her against the birds. During her teenage years, driving down the highway behind a truck full of cooped up chickens (or turkeys) was a hazard…feathers flying, the smell…you get the picture. Besides, dear Readers, the way these birds are treated is simply inhumane. Today, your dear Yenta suggests you boycott turkey and create a new holiday tradition: Chinese food, while gambling at your local casino. There is nothing like it when this little Yenta gets on a roll, and especially when she is on a roll with an egg roll in her mouth. YUM. Retirement Yenta says: Gambling and Chinese food make for a great day of thanks. While your rolling the dice, you can talk turkey (for only a little chicken feed).
Retirement Yenta skipped a grade in elementary school…this caused her to take an extra math class and caused her to miss her beloved art class. Hrumph. This little Yenta thought she was going to be a great artist one day. She still does. As your dear Yenta practices for retirement, she is also trying new ways to express her inner artist. This Yenta’s blog is only her first step to expressing her creativity. Retirement Yenta believes everyone has an artistic side. She also believes everyone should express the artist within. It’s good for the soul, and relaxes a stressed mind. So, whether you like painting, sketching, writing, needlepointing, singing in the shower, playing the guitar, or duck hunting, Retirement Yenta suggests you practice for retirement and express yourself.
Retirement Yenta has known her fair share of old geezers. In her mind, they fall into two camps: 1. those who are involved in living life, and loving learning 2. those who have sat down and are a’waiting to retire in the sky. Well, dear Readers, you can guess who your dear Yenta wants to hang out with. That’s right! This little Yenta loves to spend her free time hanging out with those retirees, pre-retirees, and semi-retirees who have the desire to go out and do something or learn something. The conversation and the activites are always active and lively. Studies have also shown that those who stay active in retirement are less likely to…uh…shall we say “age poorly.” Retirement Yenta says: “Stay interested in life, and stay interesting to your friends!”