Posted by Kerry Hannon.
We’re living longer, healthier lives than any previous generations, and that’s a good thing. These “bonus” years after we retire give us the chance to pursue fresh or latent passion. They give us the chance to segue to self-employment, or to pay it forward and devote energy to a nonprofit with a mission that matters deeply to us. It can also be a holistic, patchwork quilt of all of the above.
But you have to dream to get there… and you need to plan. Learning to live your passion is a process. It’s part self-discovery, part active exploration and testing the waters. At the heart of it, though, is a strong financial foundation. When you’re financially fit, you’re nimble to try new things, to take an uncharted path, to take a leap of faith, to give yourself permission to take control of your future.
It’s never too early to start sketching out your blueprint to figure where it is you want to go and what you’ll need to get there. I advise women to start early, to imagine what it is they would like to be doing in 5, 10, 15 years. For many of us, it’s scary. We’re afraid, surprisingly, that we don’t really know what we’re passionate about. We haven't had time to do that soul-searching. That’s ok. It’s hard to envision a shift to a new you, when your identity is so aligned with the work you're doing today.
The good news is time time is on our side.
To me, it’s tantalizing and a time to pause, reflect and map a strategy. What’s next for you? What would pursuing a passion mean to you financially? What kinds of activities will keep you mentally motivated, physically fit, and socially connected to family and friends in your bonus years? For many, this may even include some kind of work.
Is there something you’ve always longed to do, but maybe other priorities got in the way, or you didn’t have the money to give it a go?
Watch the Webcast and I’ll walk you through a series of steps to help you discover your personal financial blueprint and create an actionable plan to turn what in your parents' lives were retirement years into “refirement” years.