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Old 06-22-2016, 01:14 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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I'd love to reinvent myself from working woman to active retirement woman. Am willing to relocated to enjoy life to it's fullest. Suggestions are most welcome.
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Old 06-22-2016, 08:15 AM
 
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Hi Scarletjo. I think people on this board would be more than happy to help, but you definitely need to give some details on what kinds of activities you're interested in and what geographic areas appeal to you. I'm about to make this transition myself and very much looking forward to letting my "inner child" back out. She's been captive in an office for way too long! Give some details and I'm sure you'll get some good feedback.
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Old 06-22-2016, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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OP, you are going to have to be WAY more specific or you'll just get a random list of places, many of which will be totally inappropriate for your particular desires. This is a super common type of question on this forum and we all sort of cringe at what will be coming next...ten pages of people suggesting places and then you saying why this one or that one doesn't meet your particular desires. So let's start off with your basic parameters please. Such as....

desired climate?
city vs suburban vs rural vs planned development (sun city, the villages, etc)?
house or apartment?
buying or renting?
east coast, west coast, or north, or south?
budget?
types of activities you enjoy or would like to try?
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Old 06-22-2016, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Idaho
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I'd love to reinvent myself from working woman to active retirement woman. Am willing to relocated to enjoy life to it's fullest.
Scarletjo,

If you are not already, how about becoming an active working woman and trying to live as full a life that you can be before transitioning into an active retired woman? There is no need to reinvent yourself!

I have a smooth transition from working to retirement. In the last 7 months of retirement, I have neither the time nor the need to pick up any new activities or hobbies. I am just having a blast doing more of the things which I have always enjoyed doing (flying, rowing, hiking, traveling, learning, building/fixing etc.). I also have a long list of things which I used to enjoy doing (gardening, reading, photography etc.) to pickup again when I have the time or the opportunities. Since I have always enjoyed learning or doing something new, there are endless new activities for me to try out.

I know that it's not easy to pick up new hobbies or develop new interests while you are working. If your job or career does not allow you enough free time, try to see if you can change your career or job. Sometimes, the job commitment could be due to your mind set. Some people just could not delegate. Some people waste time day dreaming wishing that they could be doing something else instead of being more efficient. Being more organized, efficient or innovative can either help you to get the work done quicker thus having more personal free time. Being satisfied with your job can make your feel less tiring, more energetic to engage in hobbies, outside work interests.

It's very vague to state that you are willing to relocate to enjoy life to it's fullest without identifying or knowing what you want to do!!

IMO, you have to start 'living' life, develop hobbies, interests, find your passion while you are still working. When you retire, you can find the location where you can do all the things you have enjoyed doing as much as you want without work constraints.

My last suggestion is to stay healthy. Your vitality depends so much on your level of health and fitness. It's great if you can find a hobby which keeps you strong, fit while having a fabulous time. My daily rowing on the river does wonderful things for my mind, mood, spirit and body!

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Old 06-22-2016, 09:55 AM
 
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I cannot begin to tell you what you might find important. I can tell you what my wife and I consider important. Both of us like being outdoors in beautiful locations. We do a lot of travel to the national parks and other great locations. Both of us like photography and put lots of effort into it. Both of us enter juried shows and try to get out work into galleries. I have taken up archery again and am building my skill to a competitive level. My wife is a great poet and belongs to several groups of writers. Both of us like museums. I am more of a loner but my wife also likes events, street fairs, concerts, etc.


I find that whatever I do, I do with passion. I try to learn as much as possible about my areas of interest. I try to become an expert and achieve at the highest level of my capability. I never look for "activities" to occupy my time. I have enough passionate interests to last more than one lifetime. My recommendation would be to find those things that you are passionate about and become obsessive and enjoy them to the fullest.


I do have a second recommendation that has greatly influenced my life in retirement. My wife and I live very close to a major OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) program. We can select numerous courses in a wide variety of topics that interest us. When we are not traveling we usually are signed up for four courses per week. Unfortunately there are not that many large OLLI programs. When I was planning to relocate that was high on my list of requirements. The fellowship of others with the same interests is highly rewarding. BTW, OLLI is nothing like auditing college courses. The subject matter and presentation are entirely geared for the interests of retirees, not for those looking to gain a degree and career.
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Old 06-22-2016, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Based on the information provided look for an over 55 community between 10,000 and 20,000 residents with lots of activities and in an area where you can also get involved with the community if you like.
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Old 06-22-2016, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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Based on the information provided look for an over 55 community between 10,000 and 20,000 residents with lots of activities and in an area where you can also get involved with the community if you like.
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Old 06-22-2016, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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Hi Scarletjo. I think people on this board would be more than happy to help, but you definitely need to give some details on what kinds of activities you're interested in and what geographic areas appeal to you. I'm about to make this transition myself and very much looking forward to letting my "inner child" back out. She's been captive in an office for way too long! Give some details and I'm sure you'll get some good feedback.
Sadly all to often some newbie will post once and that's it.
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