mini retirement case study

Mini-Retirement: How a long-time reader is making it work (and so can you).

Mini-retirement defined: With traditional retirement, you save the good stuff for that 20-year period at the end of life.  The idea of mini-retirements takes some of that 20-year period (say 5 years), breaks it up into 1-3 month chunks and spreads it out over your working years.  A mini-retirement is longer than a vacation, but […]

moving from vocation to avocation

Success secrets: Moving from vocation to avocation

As you enter retirement, the temptation to do nothing can feel pretty strong after years of drinking from the fire hose of daily life. Unfortunately, doing nothing is not a good strategy for long-term fulfillment. It can be rejuvenating for a while, but it will get boring. Your goal should not be to do nothing. […]

should I pay off my mortgage before I retire

Should I pay off my mortgage before I retire?

Hardly a week goes by that I’m not asked the question: “Should I pay off my mortgage before I retire?”  The answer, of course, depends.  On math.  On your situation.  On your personal preferences.  Let’s look through some of the key variables to consider and then I’ll tell you what I’m doing with my house […]

fundamentals of intentional retirement

5 Fundamentals of an Intentional Retirement

Quick Note: I’m having a limited time, 50% off sale on our flagship product, The Ideal Retirement Design Guide.  Read more at the bottom of this post. At Intentional Retirement, we look at retirement a bit differently.  So do our readers (You’re awesome!).  Those differences are woven through our DNA and they show up in […]

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Two studies show how to boost your memory and extend your life

The biggest fear BEFORE retirement is money.  Pre-retirees worry about whether they’ve saved enough and if it will last.  The biggest fear AFTER retirement, however, is health. Once retired, people worry most about getting or staying healthy so they can do the things they want and have a good quality of life.  So, depending on where […]