Passover is coming, dear Readers!! This means it is spring and time for renewal. As all good Jews around the world are celebrating their freedom, so too is Retirement Yenta. She is freeing herself from her past work files. FREE FROM THESE FILES AT LAST! She no longer is kidding herself into thinking she needs these files for reference. She is pushing them out the door as fast as she can. Don’t let her manic composure fool you, this gal is ready for retirement level ten (aka watching the tides in Miami Beach). So, dearest ones, your Yenta wants you to know that everything has its season and everything has its time. She wants you to know that it has a reason and a rhyme. So, allow yourself to let go.
Oy dear Readers The Retirement Yenta is vlogging! And she is practicing what she preaches, as she has found a great project to wean herself off business – planning her 45th high school reunion. Time to hoot and holler, shake and shimmy and party til the cows come home.
Oy, dear Readers. Your dear Yenta (as you may well know) suffers from anxiety. She does not do well with unstructured time…though she is learning to enjoy it more and more. She’s dealt with some of the unstructured time by creating mini-structures like watching the opening and closing bell on CNBC. But dear Readers, she has found that creating big projects are the best way to calm anxieties and create structure.
This little Yenta is currently planning her 45th high school reunion. She’s doing some of the heavy lifting for the committee and she is loving it. She loves planning a party. She loves managing lists of names and addresses. And you know what, dear Readers? She’s loving reconnecting with her old class mates. She is finding that it is so much better than those “early” reunions (5, 10, 20 years). As RY and her classmates move from the workforce to the retirementforce, she is finding new things in common with old friends. She’s also finding herself feeling pretty darned lucky that she’s survived this long, as about 12% of the class have already “Retired in the Sky.”
This little Yenta wants you to manage your Retirement Anxieties by creating a big project: Plan, Play, and Prevent those anxieties from coming your way.
Retirement Yenta is tired. She is tired of a lot of things. She is especially tired of tatty fabrics that are simply poorly made. Poly blends…cheap cashmeres…ratty rayon. Your dear Yenta remembers that back in the day, a great garment would last and last. Plus, you could patch it up and wear it longer. There was no need to dispose of a shirt after only one season…any shirt you purchased would be around for a good 10 years. OY. It’s the GAP culture out there in retail land. Clothes may look nice at the time of purchase, but after a few washes, they show their true colors…faded. Then a few more wears and they pill, or tear, or become a bit thread bare.
So, dearest Ones, RY wants you to repurpose your old fabrics. Patch ’em up. Mend ’em. Darn ’em. Wear them longer. Then, when you think they are looking beyond repair, consider new ways to cut ’em up and resew ’em. Those old PJs will make an amazing pillow or two. Imagine cuddling up under a creative cashmere scarf made from your favorite cashmere sweater! Your neck will be warm, and your heart will glow from being in the know of all the old memories coming along in tow.
Retirement Yenta has many pairs of glasses. She thinks of her glasses as fashion…they are the finishing touches of her outfit. That said, OY…dear Readers…she wonders where they are half the time, and then she runs around looking for the pair in the right case. Open…then close, pick up another, open…then close again, and on and on. Well, your dear Yenta found the perfect solution for finding the frames for which she is searching: Buy a plexiglass eye wear display case. It sits beautifully in her dressing area, it looks like an art piece with all her funky frames inside, and with one glance, your Yenta can whip out the right pair and pop ’em on her face and look ravishing.
It’s a simple storage solution which adds form and function to your morning routine.
RY would also recommend you consider returning your older frames that you aren’t wearing any longer to your eye care provider. These frames (and prescription swim goggles) can be a great help to those in need.
Retirement Yenta knows one thing, dear Readers. She knows that real estate is almost always a good investment. She also knows that if you are pre-Retirement, you still have money coming in and it is much easier to make a mortgage payment than when you are on a fixed income. Yes, dear Readers, RY knows she has given this advice before (see tip #5 and tip #338.) Your dear Yenta does not have the “Heimers” (Alzheimers). This little Yenta thinks that this is important because in this anticipated inflationary environment, people are investing in real estate now, and prices are likely to go up. Plus, if the Millennials come around to becoming home owners, there is yet another chance for even higher home prices.
So, dear Readers, what’s a pre-Retiree to do? Well, this Yenta believes the first step is to choose your Retirement Community. Where is YOUR happy place? Is it the mountains? The beach? The southwest? The northwest? Europe? Australia? Japan? Once you have imagined your happy place, RY wants you to go there. Spend more than a week in this happy land. Get to know the locals. Get to know what your routine would be. Find out if you have the support system you would need if you were there 12 months a year.
This may take a couple of trips to a couple of different locals.
Once you have found your locale, RY wants you to consider your Retirement Lifestyle. She recommends you avoid homes with a lot of stairs. Think of your elder years, and how your parents’ bodies held up. Make home choices that will give you what you will need.
Finally, make that purchase, dear Readers. Buy it. Buy it, NOW. Don’t wait for the future. The time will never be more right. Retirement Yenta says: Buy your Retirement Home now and use it as a vacation home. Enjoy it now because your time here may be short or you may out live your entire cohort. Either way, have some fun…go out and home-shop and get this job done.
Retirement Yenta went to the movies recently! She loves a good night out on the town. She also loves money (as you may well know, dear Readers). This little gem of a movie combined both for your dear Yenta. This is the story of the “she-wolves” (not she-males) of Wall Street. It centers around a woman who fights for the opportunity to take a start-up public, hoping the IPO will secure her a place at the firm’s highest level. Being Wall Street, there is a tangled web of deception and office politics. Look out, dear Readers! It’s high drama!
Your dear Yenta will leave you with the trailer and her favorite quote: Don’t let money be a dirty word!
Oy, dear Readers, OY!!! The sun, the surf, the chlorine, the wind, the sand…it can do a Yenta’s hair in! That’s right, dear Readers. You know your Yenta loves her summers. She loves her beach. She loves all of these things that are really rough of her hair. So, what does a Yenta do? She takes extra-special care of her hair. Sun, wind, salt water, chlorine, and sand can be very drying for this Yenta’s fine follicles. So, this Yenta gets conditioning treatments and keratin treatments to keep her hair silky smooth, and well-hydrated. This Yenta knows the importance of keeping her locks luxurious so it doesn’t crack, split, and tangle like a rat’s nest. RY can allow herself to get out and enjoy the sun she loves because she knows that taking care of her hair will ensure it grows. Now, dear Readers, get out and enjoy the sun, have some fun, then come home and treat your hair nice, or know if you don’t, you will certainly pay a high price.
Retirement Yenta has been ruminating on her 400th tip: Treat. Yo. Self. She loved her retreat and she has been thinking about one thing recently. The length of the trip was absolutely perfect. Over her many years of travel, RY has learned that, like a fish that’s been out of water too many days, trips that are too long can start to stink. Now dear Readers, RY knows what you are asking: “What about your trips to your Retirement Home?” Well, dear Ones, trips to other homes are a totally different story. In your 2nd home, you are surrounded by your own personal things. There are pictures of the kids, Office Pug, dear friends, your own food, your full Retirement Wardrobe, and even your own tennis racquet. When on the road to other destinations, RY packs light. She doesn’t need to get tennis elbow from carrying a heavy suitcase! She’s saving that one for the courts!
Retirement Yenta says: Make your getaways quick. You will feel relaxed, rejuvenated, and anything but sick. You can then save some time and your own dime for heading to your own beach lickety split, for my dear Readers, variety is the spice of life!!
It’s the best day of the year, dear Readers!
Retirement Yenta recently decided to treat herself to a retreat of Pilates and Yoga led by Stephanie Joiner and Morgan Miller Let a Yenta tell you, dear Readers, it was the very thing this Yenta needed! A few restorative classes, some camaraderie with the youth of today (RY was the oldest person on this trip by 20 years, easily), some wilderness, and some fresh mountain air. It was relaxing and rejuvenating. RY could not imagine how amazing the weekend was going to be before she arrived.
So whether you like exercise, jazzercise, shopper-cise, or even vacation-er-cise, RY thinks you should take some time, relax and unwind. Retirement Yenta wants you to Treat (and Re-Treat) Yo Self on a regular basis. You deserve it. #bestdayoftheyear!