(Updated 4/16/2018)

So You’re Retired…Now, what?  A Personal Journey!

When my husband first retired from the corporate world his first thoughts focused on buying a lake home and fishing and golfing forever!

We bought the lake home. He did a little fishing and golfing.

He was only 53 years old but had worked for 30 years for the same company.  His job involved a lot of traveling so he was really looking forward to a life of leisure.  That was in October…

By February, he was climbing the walls!  It’s cold in Minnesota and ice fishing wasn’t the kind of fishing he had in mind.  A trip to Arizona for a month was a lot of fun, but that got old, too.

So we purchased a smoothie concessions business and spent the next several years selling our smoothies at art fairs and festivals in Minnesota.

That took care of summer…winter was another story. So we signed up for some housesitting gigs in warmer climates…California, Washington, Texas, Arizona.

It was so much fun! Free lodging in return for caring for a home and most often a pet or two! A bonus was meeting some lovely people and making new friends.

I wanted something just for myself but wasn’t exactly sure what that would be.  I’ve always loved to write so I decided blogging about our travels and life on a lake in Minnesota would get my creative juices flowing.

It turned out to be a personal journal that covered six years of adventures!

Blogging has become a way of life for me. Thinking that there may be others who are about to retire but not ready to go cold turkey, so to speak, it occurred to me that offering ideas for this new phase of life would be rewarding for me and for my readers.

This blog is the result.

I needed some professional guidance so after some in depth research, I settled on a great learning platform called Wealthy Affiliate. A free website, classes and support are all part of the package. It was just what I needed.  (affiliate link)

If you’ve got a hobby or passion or if you’re knowledgeable in your field (think consulting) or are just looking for a side hustle while you contemplate your retirement, I highly recommend this route.

I’ll be posting income ideas for retirement and updating as I go along. If you’ve got a unique take on post-retirement jobs that I could present to my readers or if you’d like me to research something in particular, please let me know in the comments.

You can read more about me on my About CherylK page.

Thanks for stopping by.  Stay tuned!