Kudos to Marc Miller for identifying the truly best baby boomer career websites. Baby boomers are a unique generation with reinvention aspirations as they pursue their passions as well as for many the need to work well beyond the traditional retirement years given the extended life cycle and variances in financial security. And, for those who may be facing the challenge of a downsizing here are some realistic expectations:
We waste so much time lamenting lost opportunities, regretting what we didn’t do and telling ourselves what we can’t do that going after that unrequited dream is buried under our own negative self-talk. But, there’s hope! John Tarnoff’s wonderful article, How To Get In Touch With Your Inner Hero, tells you how “positive projections” can open new doors to reinventing one’s self.
…MY BLUE CANVAS SHOES!!!!!!
My parents realized their dream of owning a home and giving my brother and I roots after leading a gypsy life as army brats but the price of the house was that they both had to work two jobs each. Six days of ships passing in the night for 51 weeks but somehow every year they saved enough money to take us on vacation to Cape Cod. And, the night before the road trip began my father took us all to either Klein’s or Korvette’s to buy matching blue canvas shoes from a huge bin filled with them. Sometimes the string holding pair sizes was broken so we had to bob for a matching left or right but the excitement was so great that it became part of the fun. The family shoes were the emotional trigger that we were truly departing in the morning for vacation as a family. Dorothy may have been able to click her heels together three times to get to Kansas but those blue canvas shoes were magical in their own way.
Rather than settling down in traditional assisted living facilities, some are turning to shared homes and cohousing communities. Read the insightful article by Teresa Mears in U.S.News Money.
Live Fast Die Old is a motorcycle safety campaign launched by Road Safety Scotland and the Scottish Government, in support of Police Scotland’s enforcement activity. The entertaining video is a creative roundabout to highlighting the need to negotiate left-hand bends safely (the cause of 1 in 3 bike fatalities). Baby vroomers will especially enjoy the video!
Tom Sightings has written an insightful article for On Retirement entitled 7 Baby Boomer Housing Trends To Watch that provides a look into what this generation is thinking about when it comes to where they want to live their retirement years. There’s not the go west to the sunbelt exodus that has occupied popular notions. Nice job, Tom!
Maryalene LaPonsie lets baby boomers in on the secrets to happy retirement in U.S.News Money. Read the article. It will get you thinking and it’s a great checklist for putting everything about retirement in balance.
“Kudos to Katie” Levingston for a wonderful AARP article about baby boomer memories. It’s a wonderful trip down memory lane! Read the article
Laurence Kotlikoff did a great job for Fortune topping his own information and coming up with the 44 Social Security Secrets All Baby Boomers and Millions of Current Recipients Need to Know-Revised! Kotlikoff takes a Sherlock Holmes approach to revealing things that no mortal could sanely uncover in the voluminous rules contained in the Social Security Handbook and which can make a major difference in retirement benefits.
Kudos to Tim Askew for a wonderful article entitled, Second Acts and the Aging Entrepreneur. For this former London Records exec from the ’70s, the reference to Mick Jagger is music to my ears. Tim writes that, “There are actually more companies founded by codgers than by kids these days” and I am proud to an AARP card-carrying, motorcycling codger out to impact the world. Right on, Tim!