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 had a rough day or so. This election did not go the way she wanted. But, dear Readers, your dear Yenta wants to remind you of her past Tip #391: Get Out and Vote, and then Get Out!, Now, Readers, RY is not recommending you leave the country (although she has some friends that are seriously searching for ways to emigrate to another country). Your Yenta’s advice was to vote early and to hop a plane to your favorite location and then to watch the returns from there. She also thanked Susan B. Anthony (Suzy B.) for helping women secure the right to vote.
No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, you have to agree this election was historic. Women were able to vote for a female president. How cool was that?
There are more elections to come, dear Readers. So, if you aren’t happy, get out and vote…but for now, kindness is a fantastic cure for what ails you. It will also help combat the ugliness that reared its head over the past year and a half.
RY would like to close by reminding you to get out early…check out the long lines we had in NYC.
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.
That’s right, dear Readers. RY has a clean bum. Your dear Yenta has always been a fan of back door cleanliness, but when her Hubby came home with a bidet seat for their shared throne, RY thought he had gone a little bonkers. This crapper capper came with an electrical plug and a remote control. Your Yenta thought, “Will I know which button to push? Will I get electrocuted from the water splashing all around? Will I push the wrong button and end up on the floor with my pants down?” Dearest Readers, you know these are all serious concerns. Can you imagine the 911 call if one of these scenarios came true? Can you imagine lying there with your pants down and the paramedics trying to resuscitate you? Well, your dear Yenta has solved the problem. First, let your Yenta recommend you get professional installation. It may cost a few extra dollars, but the extra security is worth it! RY’s second piece of advice is to read the instruction manual. Normally, RY is a hunt-and-peck kind of gal when it comes to figuring out how something works, but with this item, she is happy to know she knows what all the bidet remote control buttons do. Now, your dear Yenta feels like a European Queen when she sits high upon her throne. AND, she has electronic helpers to make sure she’s clean once she has finished dropping the kids off at the pool.
RY wants to share this buying guide with you. It has great advice to guide you in choosing the best bidet for your needs. Did you know they have models with adjustable spray width, oscillating cleanse, water pulse cleanse, and turbo/enema wash options? RY and the Dearly Beloved Hubs are happy with the CleanSense model.
Retirement Yenta says: Be good to your Bum and you will want to hum. Buy a bidet, sit on your throne, press “play” and turbo wash those stains away! Your little hiney will be nice and shiny!
Retirement Yenta’s former boss, Jerry Golden, is blogging about Retirement. RY thinks Jerry has some good advice about anticipating Retirement in two stages. Jerry sees the first stage of retirement as being very active, doing things you didn’t have time for before. In the second stage, he suggests you might be dealing with costs of health care, a home aide, or other expenses that you didn’t anticipate. As you know all too well, dear Readers, RY is a believer in various stages of Retirement. She has her own Retirement Levels approach (10 Levels) to joining the Relaxationforce. Your dear Yenta likes to ease slowly into the Relaxationforce, finding time to practice for Retirement. This is a period where one is still working full-time. She then moves to part-time Relaxationforce/Workforce life balance. RY’s levels are fluid and can move to more or less work as one desires. This Yenta is a FIRM believer that you should be prepared to spend a significant amount of your Retirement Income on Pre-Retirement in the Sky (end of life) Care.
So, dear Readers, RY thinks today is a good day to look at your Retirement Levels. Consider where you are in the Workforce (or Relaxationforce) and consider where you want to be in 10 years, 20 years, and how you will prepare for your Retirement in the Sky. Set your goals now. Don’t wander blindly into the Relaxationforce…you might get hit by an old lady in a Hoveround.
Retirement Yenta has said it before and she will say it again. TRAVEL LIGHT. There is no reason for anyone to be traveling to their vacation home or retirement home while lugging around a heavy bag. That’s right, dear Readers. No. Heavy. Bags. PERIOD. It’s not good for your shoulders, neck, and certainly not good for your back. So, why do it? OHHHH, you need your things close by. Right. Retirement Yenta loves her stuff and she loves it to be available in all of her homes. So, dear Readers, what’s a Yenta to do? This little Yenta takes stock of her wardrobe in NYC a week or so before she heads off to Miami Beach. She digs through her closet and says to herself, “Will this be perfect in Miami Beach?” Then she asks, “Did I buy an extra one of these to keep in Miami Beach?” (Because, she likes to keep tennis whites and other outfits in each of her homes.) If she wants it in Miami Beach, and it’s not in Miami Beach, she then ships it to herself. She has a doorman there that will deliver it to her apartment. No carrying necessary! No bad backs necessary! Your Yenta further recommends you not mail anything that is not replaceable. You never know when a bag could be lost and that’s a price you don’t want to pay, no matter the cost!
When packing, RY stuffs some necessities, a scarf, and her important papers in her computer bag, and a few other items in her big purse, and she’s ready to hit the road.
Retirement Yenta wants you to consider what you need and how to save yourself from the pain and anguish of carrying a heavy bag. Mail your travel wardrobe and non-essentials. Carry only necessities and enjoy your freedom from heaving and huffing around a hefty haul.
What are your travel tips? Let us know your thoughts!
The Jewish holidays are in full swing here at Retirement Yenta’s house and throughout the world. This has inspired your dear Yenta to evaluate her life and her relationships with family and friends. Having lived in New York City most of her life, this Yenta finds it difficult to ask for forgiveness. Forgiveness is something that is not intuitive to New Yorkers. Residents of this City have to push their way through life just to survive. So, when these holidays roll around every year, it is a great practice for RY to take stock, evaluate her relationships, and to encourage herself to consider how she could be a better person (and a better Yenta).
Dear Readers, if you are not Jewish, RY wants to recommend you consider following this long-standing custom of the Jewish people. In evaluating your life, and sincerely asking for forgiveness from friends and family…soul to soul, you can learn about yourself, you will (hopefully) become a better person, and you will feel lighter and renewed. Twelve step programs have recognized this as a way for people in addiction recovery to start their new life. This little Yenta knows that one does not need to be in recovery to have that need to start afresh.
Retirement Yenta wants you to refresh, renew, and recover relationships by asking for forgiveness…holding on to the past, is not such a blast…forgive and let go. It is worth it so!