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Seven Strategies for a Fulfilling and Happy Retirement

May 02, 20242 min read


A great deal has been written about the importance of financial security in retirement. Many of you are diligently navigating this path, while others have begun to tap into the lifetime of savings you've accumulated.

A common concern is determining how much you can safely withdraw each month. This is crucial, as any retiree will tell you. However, there's more to the story of retirement than just finances.

Making the Best of Retirement: Seven Disciplines

1.     Ease into Retirement: If possible, consider transitioning from full-time to part-time work. This not only stretches your savings but also eases you into full-time retirement while keeping you professionally active.

2.     Maintain Social Connections: Keep in touch with former colleagues and stay active socially. Whether it's through community events, volunteer work, or shared hobbies (I vote for pickleball), these connections can greatly enrich your retirement life.

3.     Set Goals: "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail." Setting goals helps you take control of your future and chart a new course for your life with purpose and direction.

4.     Prioritize Health and Happiness: Your wellness should be a top priority. Engaging in regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy diet, and staying socially connected can greatly enhance your quality of life.

5.     Stay Mentally Active: Just as you exercise your body for physical health, keeping your mind active is crucial to staving off cognitive decline and fostering mental agility (I love audiobooks).

6.     Count Your Blessings: Focus on the positives in life. Regularly reflecting on your achievements can boost your mood and overall well-being.

7.     Structure Your Days: A lack of routine can lead to aimlessness. Structuring your days can help you maintain focus and purpose, making your time both enjoyable and fulfilling.

Retirement offers a unique opportunity to redefine your life on your terms. It's about more than just financial planning; it's about crafting a lifestyle that brings joy and satisfaction. As your advisor,
I am here to help guide you through both the financial and personal aspects of this exciting new chapter.

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Ric Komarek, CFP®

Ric Komarek is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and became licensed as an investment advisor in 2007. In 2010 he launched his own Registered Investment Adviser firm. Ric teaches popular classes at Shasta College on retirement, social security, and medicare

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