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What’s Intentional Retirement all about?

Are you ready to:

  • Reimagine retirement
  • Stop deferring your dreams
  • Live the life you’ve always wanted

Great!  I will show you how.  For too long, retirement has been treated like it’s just another “life stage.”  It’s not.  It’s a lifestyle philosophy.

Why should living the life you truly want to live depend on how many birthdays you’ve had or whether or not you punch a time clock?  How in the world has it become acceptable to defer your dreams and push the best things in life to the very end?

I think there’s a better way.  The ideal retirement is not about age, work status or money.  It’s about control.  It’s a gradual shift from doing what you have to do to doing what you want to do.  That process takes time and it won’t happen unless you’re intentional, but the good news is that it can start today.

What’s next?

If you’re on board so far, I need you to do three things:

  1. Read this post: How to Retire Today.  As the title suggests, it explains how you can retire today—yes TODAY—using an iterative process that gradually takes  control of your life away from the Man (damn the Man!) and puts it back where it belongs.  To summarize: The Man = Bad.  You = Good.
  2. Download a free copy of my manifesto, A Brief Guide to Retirement Bliss. Then ease into a comfy chair with your favorite caffeinated beverage and read about the secrets of a remarkable retirement.
  3. Sign up for our Free Retirement Toolkit and email updates.  The toolkit is full of great resources and the updates will send you one or two key articles per week on things like travel, investments, lifestyle design, Social Security, Medicare, housing, hobbies, estate planning, mini-retirements and finding personal fulfillment.

Once you’ve done those three things you’ll have a pretty good idea of what Intentional Retirement is all about.  More importantly, you’ll have a better understanding of what you really want out of life and you’ll have the tools you need to create a secure, meaningful retirement doing the things you want with the people you love.  Sound good?

One last thing.

Joe HearnBefore you get started, I want to formally introduce myself.  You can read the long version over here, but for now I’ll keep it brief.  My name is Joe Hearn and I’m a writer, newspaper columnist and financial planner.  I’ve been helping people plan for retirement for nearly 20 years and I created Intentional Retirement for anyone looking to move beyond the conventional so they can live an intentional, meaningful life.

If that resonates with you, I’d love to have you around as part of our little community.  Feel free to check out some of the things I’m doing to keep life interesting (a.k.a. My 50 by 50 List), visit our Store or browse the Archives for several years worth of articles.  Finally, don’t be a stranger.  Touch base anytime if you’d like to say hi or if there’s ever anything I can do for you.

~ Joe

 

Important:  Just to be clear, this site is in no way related to my employment at Teckmeyer Financial.  It is simply a place for me to aggregate my writing and make it available to anyone who finds it useful.  The information at the site and in our products is general in nature and is not intended to be advice for your specific situation.  For that type of advice you can contact a trusted adviser or contact me at the investment firm where I work and we can talk further.  In addition, some of the links to products or books that I discuss or recommend at Intentional Retirement are affiliate links.  This means that, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a small commission if you decide to purchase a product through one of these links. That being said, I recommend the products because I’ve used them and they work, not because I make a few bucks. Please don’t buy anything unless it will help you accomplish your goals for a meaningful retirement.