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Old 03-06-2015, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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People plan. . . God laughs.
It's also been said that God helps those who help themselves. So plans are all well and good but maybe working hard toward them is in our own best interests.
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Old 03-06-2015, 07:45 PM
 
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It's also been said that God helps those who help themselves. So plans are all well and good but maybe working hard toward them is in our own best interests.
Bada Bing!
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Old 03-07-2015, 08:59 AM
 
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It's also been said that God helps those who help themselves. So plans are all well and good but maybe working hard toward them is in our own best interests.
Yeah, God yuks while I trucks, and he can catch up and whup me with his hammer when he gets through ROTFLHAO. Don't pay it no mind, God is just a fancy word for accident in the bathtub.
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Old 03-07-2015, 10:01 AM
 
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Isn't life style choice the reason for retirement and the why of how we plan and decide when.
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Old 03-07-2015, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Florida -
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Retirement typically brings about its own lifestyle change to accommodate the added free time. I personally wonder when people talk about 'downsizing financially' for the sake of retirement. Inflation marches on (even if it is hidden in the form of smaller packages or fewer services) and taxes WILL increase to cover the wasteful spending of the politicians.

IMO, downsizing is a lot like dieting. One imagines that it will be much easier than it really is. House downsizing may be an exception, but, by retirement time, the 'kids' have typically been out of the house for a number of years -- and yet, folks stay on (?) Even in retirement, we like having more space to spread out and to accommodate visitors, and, rather than downsizing for retirement, got rid of the mortgage.

Desirable 'lifestyle choices' don't always cost more money, but, having time and interest to travel, golf and do other things one wants to do, becomes much less satisfying if one can't afford to do them.
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Old 03-07-2015, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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Yeah, God yuks while I trucks, and he can catch up and whup me with his hammer when he gets through ROTFLHAO. Don't pay it no mind, God is just a fancy word for accident in the bathtub.
LOL...okay, whatever you say.
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Old 03-08-2015, 09:46 AM
 
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My husband and I are getting ready to begin our next life adventure; selling the house where we raised our girls in NC, packing up and moving to Florida.

Lifestyle considerations that helped us decide to settle where we will be on the gulf coast of Florida include:

Flat terrain where I can take daily walks in the neighborhood without many obstacles. No more steep driveway or hilly streets or broken pavement with trip hazards. I think this is the thing I will enjoy the most once we move. And it will be key to positively managing a progressive medical condition.

Single story house with no steps in or out.

Open floor plan to accommodate walker/rollator and eventually a wheelchair or scooter.

Low maintenance, small yard. Most yard maintenance will be included in our HOA fee. I always joked I wanted a "concrete" back yard where I could walk safely without falling and do some container gardening. And a Florida lanai is giving us that feature.

Warm weather. I can no longer tolerate cold weather much below 50 degrees. I have a neuro-muscular condition where my extremities pretty much stop working when they are cold. No fun to have your fingers freeze up and have difficulty performing basic grooming tasks any time it is coldish. I'll gladly trade the heat of the summer to get rid of anything resembling a winter.

Proximity to major sports teams for my husband.

Proximity to vibrant arts community for myself.

Downsizing - mostly possessions and yard. We are not downsizing square footage within the house, which kinda surprised us once we made a decision on our new home. It's as big as the home we are leaving. But the new house layout will be WAY better, and provides the extra rooms we would like for his office, my studio, and guest rooms for visitors. And cleaning will be MUCH easier because we are getting rid of so much stuff and will live a pretty minimalist lifestyle in terms of possessions. So much cleaning revolves around managing "stuff". I am done with "stuff".

Going minimalist - as I mentioned above, we are cutting out much of the daily clutter. I've been on my own personal journey the last couple of years evolving from clutter queen to minimalist matron. I like the latter "me" much better. More peace with less stuff.

We are moving away from family, but we will visit, they will visit, and the internet is great for keeping in touch. Our kids support our move totally. They are the best. <3

I struggle with using the word "retirement" because for me, I will finally be able to pursue the career that I've always felt I was meant to pursue - being an artist. So I am not "retiring" but rather finally turning a part-time avocation into a full-time career fueled by passion - artmaking. And I plan on doing that until I leave this world. My mother taught me that even when you are mostly bed-ridden, you can keep your hands and your mind active with creative projects. She died at the age of 94, and was still working on small craft projects from her bed during her last year. I loved sitting with her and seeing her creations. She inspired me so much.

My husband will enjoy his sports, craft beer, and talks about eventually seeking out some volunteer work or a part-time job. He's going to work at his current position for a couple more years after we move, and then will figure out what his passions and pursuits will be in this next life adventure for the two of us.

Ruth
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Old 03-08-2015, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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^^^^^ Ruthinraleigh, it sounds like in your case the warm climate of Florida is not just a preference, but a necessity because of your medical issue. Great that you have found something which fits. So while it is indeed a "lifestyle choice", it is also more than that for you. Best of luck.
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Old 03-08-2015, 10:13 AM
 
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^^^^^ Ruthinraleigh, it sounds like in your case the warm climate of Florida is not just a preference, but a necessity because of your medical issue. Great that you have found something which fits. So while it is indeed a "lifestyle choice", it is also more than that for you. Best of luck.
LOL - it's a necessity if I want to feel good and feel healthy, that's true. Thanks for the best wishes!

But I still call it a choice. My father chose to live his last years with my mother in northern PA in the mountains where the winters are very cold and very snowy. He also had the same condition. His solution to being cold and having extremities that felt like ice was to crank the heat up to 80 degrees in the house. Which made it very uncomfortable for anyone else. Trying to sleep there when I visited was close to impossible.

I want our visitors to feel comfy and enjoy their stay! Which factored in a lot to the floor plan we chose and also the neighborhood we chose. Both will work nicely for us and our needs year-round and for family when they visit.

We could have also chosen to snow-bird to escape colder weather but stay near family. But having 2 houses to manage and maintain was not my idea of living more simply.
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Old 03-08-2015, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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But I still call it a choice. My father chose to live his last years with my mother in northern PA in the mountains where the winters are very cold and very snowy. He also had the same condition. His solution to being cold and having extremities that felt like ice was to crank the heat up to 80 degrees in the house. Which made it very uncomfortable for anyone else. Trying to sleep there when I visited was close to impossible. ..........
Interesting about your parents. It must have been an extremely expensive proposition to heat to 80 degrees in the northern PA mountains. Are you saying that your mother didn't want to move and your father acquiesced, or that is was really his free choice? Inertia can be strong in some folks.
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