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

Essentialism

Quick review I’m doing a 3-part series on how to overcome obstacles and achieve the real, significant and lasting change necessary to live the life you want, both now and in retirement.  It’s a 3-part series, because we’re covering 3 big ideas.  Idea #1 was...

The more of less

Well, we’re one month in.  How is your New Year going so far?  Any progress on your goals or resolutions?  I’m not a huge New Year’s Resolution guy, but I am all in on the idea of living a life that has joy, meaning and purpose. That often requires change (hence the...

35 Quick ideas to make 2017 great

Happy New Year!  What do you have planned?  Need a little inspiration?  Try this: I want more purpose The funny thing about time 15 Practical ways to live a purposeful life Harnessing the power of compounding for an exponentially richer life I want to be happy How to...

A life changing lesson on loss

The Lesson This past week a close friend of mine lost his mom.  She was in the hospital recovering from an illness, but her prognosis was good and the staff was ready to send her home.  A few hours later a blood clot took her life. In a tribute he wrote for her...

How spending changes throughout retirement

When planning for retirement, you need to make a lot of assumptions.  How long will you live?  What will your investment returns be?  How much income will you need?  When it comes to that last one, most people just estimate their first year of retirement expenses and...

Methods vs Principles

I’m still alive!  Sorry I haven’t posted much lately, but life got a little crazy.  Thankfully, things are starting to return to normal, so I thought I’d ease back into the swing of things with a quick post on an unexpected challenge that sometimes arises during...

Climbing Mt St Helens

“Oh.  Sorry.  You’re on the wrong side of the mountain.” That was the response I got when I called the park ranger help line.  The number was conveniently posted on a big “You Are Here” board which I got out of my car to examine because it happened to be right next to...

How and why to make a written retirement plan

The headline from a recent study caught my eye: “Majority of retirement plans done ‘in people’s heads’ or not at all.”  I think the latter is more likely.  Doing a retirement plan in your head is kind of like reciting Pi out to a hundred decimal places or trying to...

What makes a good life?

What makes a good life?  Now there is a question with universal appeal!  Who wouldn’t want to know, in advance, what types of things would make them healthier, happier and more fulfilled? Unfortunately, research shows that we’re not very good at predicting what will...

Routine is the enemy of time

Last year I read a book called The Power of Habit that gave me some insight into what happens in our brain when we develop habits or get into a routine.  I’ve thought about this topic before and had the sense that, while some routine is often necessary, too much...

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