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Weekly articles about how to live a secure, fulfilling retirement.

How can I help you?

My primary goal with Intentional Retirement is to help you create a remarkable retirement doing the things you want with the people you love.  That is the driving force behind the articles and resources that are currently on the site, as well as those that soon will...

Designing a retro retirement

It seems like everything old is new again.  Starting with the redesigned Volkswagen Beetle in 1998, there has been a flood of retro styled products that are aimed at helping the baby-boomer generation recapture a piece of their youth.  To wit, The Rolling Stones 2005...

What are you looking forward to?

Chris Guillebeau, one of my favorite bloggers and all around good guys wrote a post with that title yesterday.  After reading it, I thought about the importance of having things on your horizon that you are looking forward to.  That’s especially true for those of us...

Sometimes the best plan is not having a plan

One of my clients called me out of the blue the other day and asked me to change her address from Omaha to a condo in Florida.  A few days earlier she had abruptly quit her job, put her house on the market, and was getting on a plane two days hence and heading to the...

Are you a system thinker?

If you look around, almost everything you see—from planets to people—is made to work as part of a system.  Take the human body for example.  It has the skeletal, nervous, circulatory, muscular, and digestive systems, just to name a few.  All of those separate systems...

How (and why) to retire debt free

It’s almost impossible to open a newspaper these days without reading about your retirement “number.”  That is, the amount of money you need to set aside to fund your retirement years.  While important, the “number” is only one way to skin the proverbial cat.  What if...

9 tips for taking great travel photos

Ask a hundred different people what they plan on doing during retirement and the answer you'll likely hear most is "travel."  There is just something compelling about getting out and seeing the world.  Especially when your itinerary is no longer limited by the...

How to maximize your time in retirement.

Time is money, as the old saying goes.  If true, you may never be so wealthy (in time at least) as you are during retirement.  Gone are the days of having to trade your most precious commodity for whatever the market would bear.  More than ever, you are free to spend...

Should you buy long-term care insurance?

For many people in retirement, their greatest fear is ending up in a nursing home.  Being able to live independently or, barring that, getting into a quality facility of his or her choice is an important end goal.  Unfortunately, this type of care does not come cheap....

10 questions to ask your spouse before you retire.

Your retirement planning should not be done in a vacuum.  If you are married, you should definitely include your spouse in the process.  You would be surprised at the number of couples who are blindsided by differences over retirement dreams, plans, and expectations. ...

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