My Retirement Book: Self-doubt crept in.

face to face you are your biggest obstacle



I was probably a little more forgiving to myself during that first year of retirement, but extra discretionary time often leads to more introspection, or an equivalent of what this Huffington Post piece refers to as ‘sensemaking’.

This article highlights research by the University of Cincinnati’s Heather Vough and colleagues who identified a list of the six most common career-ending narratives, including the three most challenging to a retiree’s self-worth:

  • Being discarded
  • Becoming disillusioned
  • Having an epiphany

I experienced a mix of these three and so my first year, while at times leisurely, was more marked by a juggling act of highs and lows and doubts and revelations.

My challenge, and I would guess that of plenty of other retirees, was to write a new script.

More on that in a later post.

Take the time to read the HuffPost piece. I’m betting there will be a realization or two out there if you identify your retirement narrative according to the article’s list.

Retirees’ Creative Reinvention Day 13: And once you’ve made that decision…

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In my last post, I explored, with the help of Jon Acuff, the decision creators must make every day.

Now that you’ve made a decision to create [and possibly to share some of your work], you might saunter further into some unexplored, or at least dormant, traits.

Dani Shapiro, author of Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life,  says: [Note: For every mention of writing, plug in your own creative endeavor.]

“The writing life requires courage, patience, persistence, empathy, openness, and the ability to deal with rejection. It requires the willingness to be alone with oneself. To be gentle with oneself. To look at the world without blinders on. To observe and withstand what one sees. To be disciplined, and at the same time, take risks. To be willing to fail — not just once, but again and again, over the course of a lifetime. “Ever tried, ever failed,” Samuel Beckett once wrote. “No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” It requires what the great editor Ted Solotoroff once called endurability.”

For a more complete discussion, click on over to Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings.


Thanks for reading and stay vigilant for opportunities to stretch your and flex those creative muscles.


Retirees’ Creative Reinvention Day 12: Make a decision…

decision signs

Jon Acuff, author of Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done, recently posted about a decision we make every day. He uses a stage–the place where we step forward–as his metaphor.

Two of his main points:

  • “Your stage might be different, but we all have one…Maybe for you it’s sending an email to a literary agent.”

  • “The exit is easier. It’s faster and more comfortable and a lot safer.”


Thanks for reading and stay vigilant for opportunities to stretch your and flex those creative muscles.


Retirees’ Creative Reinvention Day 10: Laugh at yourself along the way.

Quote of the day:

“After a few more minutes of daydreaming about how fabulous I could become, I look down at the heading on my paper: Janey’s Reinvention Plan. It appears lonely at the top of the page. I should probably add some bullets beneath, but I’ve never been much of a list maker.”
― J.C. Patrick, The Reinvention of Janey

Thanks for reading and stay vigilant for opportunities to stretch your thinking.


Photo-a-day 29: Try gardening. Yes, even in winter.

Even amidst the gray and muck of winter…

when you’re applying for federal wetland protection status, it’s nice to see something new like those mustard greens** emerging from the soil.

Give it a try.

**At least, I think they are. Been a while since I planted them.

Photo-a-day 21: A Not-So-Subtle Message

Enjoy life. It has an expiration date.
Okay, technically, it’s not a photo…


I’m working on a short book about lessons and realizations during my first year of retirement.

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