#Retirement is Seeing a Play at 12noon on a Weekday! #retire #over50 #50plus

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What’s on your bucket list? One of my bucket list items is to see a professional play in the middle of the day! We belong to a free discount service called TravelZoo, which advertised play tickets for 50% off at the historic Ford’s Theater in Washington DC. My husband prefers to go out in the daytime, so we found a 12 noon performance of “Jefferson’s Garden” for $15 per ticket! We ate a big breakfast and headed downtown for our mid-day adventure! We were curious about the ages of the attendees. We assumed we would see mostly senior citizens, but we were surprised when we saw a range of ages.

Ford’s Theater was the site of the assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865. The museum offers tours of exhibits on Lincoln’s presidency, the Civil War, and the moments leading up to his assassination. The tickets are only $3 for the tour, so it’s a great deal to experience a slice of history.

We love being able to enjoy activities on weekdays when the traffic is light, the crowds are light, and the tickets are cheap! The only downside to the experience was the seating. There isn’t much room in front of you, and the chairs don’t have much cushioning or lumbar support.

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What to Do About Choppy #StockMarkets! #retired #retirement #over50 #50plus

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If you are retired, or within a few years of retiring, the recent volatility in the stock market must be unnerving … Retirees depend on their savings and investments to fund their lifestyle. Any risk to their nest egg raises red flags! For years and years you work to save for retirement, and one stock market crash can cut in it half! What to do?

  1. Don’t panic and sell into the crash. Remember — a loss is not a loss until you sell.
  2. Think long-term. It may take years to recover from a stock market crash, but as Mitt Romney said, “the market always comes back.”
  3. Calculate your annual living expenses and make sure you always have 2 – 3 years of living expenses saved in an FDIC-insured account.

We are old enough to remember the stock market crash of 1987. We were just starting out in our careers. On Monday, October 19, 1987, my husband called me around 4pm in the afternoon. He whispered to me, “the stock market lost over 500 points on the Dow.” The Dow Jones Industrial Average was only 2,246 points prior to the crash, so a loss of 500 points was a significant loss! At that time, we had a retirement account invested in Legg Mason Value Trust, a mutual fund. The mutual fund lost a third of it’s net asset value on that day. We panicked and sold the mutual fund the next day. We learned a valuable lesson: Stick it out because eventually the market will recover. To learn more about mutual fund investing, click Bogle On Mutual Funds: New Perspectives For The Intelligent Investor (Wiley Investment Classics).

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Love Your Gray Hair So It Will Love You Back! #over50 #beautyover50 #over50beauty

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After taking my Christmas selfie, I looked at the photo and noticed a small gray hair on my cheek. I started to re-take the photo, but then I decided to let that gray hair be. That gray hair says “See me!” My gray hair has a life of it’s own. My gray hair walks into the room before I do! My gray hair announces to the world: “Look at me!” When I walk into a restaurant, the young waitresses look at the top of my head. Sometimes they ask, “Is it real?” Several years ago, I was standing in line at a Health and Fitness Expo, and I could hear two women behind me trying to figure out if my hair color was a new color. I smiled, turned around and said, “No, it’s natural.” They apologized. I said “No problem.” My husband laughed. I wear hats to protect my skin and hair from the sun, wind, and cold. When I wear hats, I can pretend I’m younger than I am because you can’t see most of the gray. However, gray hair pokes out from behind, saying “You will not deny me!” You may ask, “Why not dye your hair?” I can’t. The reason — my Mom. When she was in her death bed at the hospital, a few days before she died, I was sitting in a chair at the foot of her bed. She complained that she really wanted to go to the hair salon. I smiled, and admired her full head of gray. It was like a shiny halo around her head. Mom never died her hair, and neither will I. My gray hair is a testament of a precious gift from my Mom and Dad.

How do I keep my gray hair shining like Christmas tree tinsel?

  1. Omega 3
  2. Scalp Moisturizer such as Dudley’s Hair and Scalp Conditioner, 4 Ounce
  3. Water Hydrates Skin, Scalp and Hair
  4. Special Shampoo and Conditioner for Gray Hair such as Clairol Shimmer Lights 16 oz. Shampoo + 16 oz. Conditioner (Combo Deal)

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Saying Goodbye to Your #Career … #retire #retirement #retireinspired

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When I left my job for the last time, I drove away with a tear in my eye. I played a sad song on the CD player, drove down the street, and prayed that I made the right decision. My mind still wanted to work, but my body was tired. Job stress was affecting my health. When I was younger, I could ignore or shake off the stress. In my mid 50s, I started feeling the effects of stress. I had to make a choice between the nice paychecks and my health/life. I had worked so long and hard to establish my career, and advance through the corporate ranks. I didn’t want to give it up, but I had to. I did not want to push the limits, and end up on a gurney in an emergency vehicle heading to the hospital! I wanted to walk away on my own terms with my head held high.

It has been one year since I retired. I don’t regret my decision at all. During the past year, my focus has been my health. Every single day, I focus on getting enough rest, eating right, drinking lots of water, exercising at least 30 minutes per day. I try my best to stay calm, but I have had some challenges. My husband and I retired at the same time, so we are both in the house at the same time (smiles). It is a huge adjustment. We talk alot so we can work though the logistics, misunderstandings … The one thing I miss about the workplace is the social interaction. I miss some of my co-workers, so I try to stay in touch via email, and having lunch every now and then. For a delightful book on getting older and better, click Over 60 and Picking Up Speed: A Spring Chicken Tells How Not To Make A Career Out of Growing Older. For more on mid-life career changes, click Mid-Life Career Rescue Series Box Set (Books 1-3):The Call For Change, What Makes You Happy, Employ Yourself: How to change careers, confidently leave … you hate, and start living a life you love,.

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Do You Take Your Daily #Vitamins? #health #healthy #healthtip #healthtips

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When I was working, I took my daily vitamins every morning before going out the door. When my schedule changed, it disrupted my routine. I started forgetting to take my vitamins, and if I did take them, I couldn’t remember that I took them! When I had my recent annual physical, my neglect showed up in my blood test results: low vitamin D, low vitamin B, low iron … An alarm went off inside my head! Now that I have an iPhone, I setup alerts using the Reminder tool. Next, I checked my Nutrilite Daily Multivitamin to make sure it had 100% of the vitamins and minerals I need.

I have heard doctors say that there is no evidence that vitmains help, but I have all of the evidence I need. My doctor wants to see me again in 6 weeks, so I must be vigilant about taking my vitamins every single day! Have you taken your vitamins today?

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Diamond Jubilee Gala! #givingback #charity #activeretirement

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“Giving back” feels good. Helping those who are less fortunate is a noble thing to do. If you can have some fun while raising funds, that’s a bonus! The Diamond Jubilee Gala brought together local politicians, business owners, and citizens to eat, socialize, dance, and honor high school students who are striving to succeed. Most of all, we enjoyed the dancing because it gives us an opportunity to exercise and have fun! It also reminds us of our first few dates, when we danced the night away! Take a look at the new line dance called the Wobble. These are over 50 folks who can stay in step with each other and the music by the Blue Notes Jazz Band!

The ballroom decorations were absolutely stunning!

An enormous crystal chandelier dominated the ballroom!

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#Retirement is #Walking Around the #Lake on #Weekdays! #retireyourway

Retirement gives you the freedom to schedule activities during non-peak times. For example, the lake is very popular on the weekends. The narrow walkway is filled with joggers, bicyclists, strollers, dogs, children, and their parents. However, on the weekdays, the walkway is wide open! You can walk with your arms extended and open to the awesome nature surrounding you! After working for decades, your body clock is so tuned to postpone activities until the weekends. Once you retire, it seems like a revelation when you can schedule recreation on the weekdays. You feel like you’re playing hookie! Years ago, I read the book Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus: The Classic Guide to Understanding the Opposite Sex,which said that connecting with nature is an excellent way to reduce stress. Paraphrasing John Gray, “nature absorbs your stress.” One of the most special retirement moments is the moment when you realize you can schedule fun activities on weekdays!

While driving around Newport News, Virginia, we discovered City Center at Oyster Point! It was Memorial Day weekend and the Navy band was performing near a gorgeous lake! We took a nice, relaxing walk around the lake a enjoyed the free concert!

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#Retirement is Taking Leisurely #Walk After Dr’s Appt! #retired #retireyourway

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American employers typically provide 2 weeks of vacation and 1 week of sick leave in benefits packages. If you have a doctor’s appointment, you need to use leave to go, which means at least a few hours away from the job. I usually made my doctor’s appointments in the morning, so that I could work about 5 hours in the afternoon. Rush hour traffic, waiting for the doctor to see me, ate into my leave, which caused a little stress/tension. The old saying “time is money” was always present. As soon as my appointment was over, I would rush to my car, and head to work. If I had to drive downtown for my appointment, it made for an extra long day. Now, when I have a doctor’s appointment, I can actually enjoy the surrounding area! For instance, I just had a mammogram in a suburban office park. For the first time in my life, I left the appointment and took a leisurely walk around the block. It’s early Autumn so the flowers are still blooming. Office parks usually have very nice landscaping, so I admired all of the lovely combinations of evergreens, coleus and flowers!

During the past few years, doctor’s appointments have made me a little anxious. Not that I am over 50, I must be afraid of what I am going to learn! Taking a leisurely walk after the appointment helps calm my body … The bright yellow Chrysanthemums bring a smile to my face!

Walking is fantastic exercise, and it’s free! It’s good for our cardiovascular system, and builds muscles in our lower bodies. Our primary focus at The Fifty Plus Network is health and wellness. Follow our Healthy Lifestyle board on Pinterest below.

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When you are finally able to enjoy your #home & #garden all day long …

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Think about it … for more than 30 years, you work hard and save to purchase your home. Just about every day, you have to get up and go somewhere, like work or school or both! You never truly have the time to lounge around and enjoy your home … until you retire. When you retire, you have all day long to enjoy your interior decorating, or change it. When you retire, you have all day long to enjoy the art on the walls, or change it! When you retire, you have all day long to enjoy your newly remodeled kitchen or bathroom. When your retire, you have all day long to downsize and declutter. When you retire, you have all day long to walk outside and check on your garden to see what’s blooming, and what needs help. When you retire, you have all day long to look up at the sky, and watch the clouds float by. When your retire, you have all day long to take a walk around the lake on a weekday.

When you retire, you have all day long to pursue hobbies that bring joy to your life. You can spend all day long perfecting your craft.

When you are retired, you don’t have to request permission to take vacation days. You just get up, pack, and go! When you are retired and go on vacation, you don’t have to worry about the work piling up while you are away. When you are retired, you don’t have to call in to your boss when you aren’t feeling well enough to work.

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7-Step #Vacation Strategy for No #Weight Gain! #weightmanagement #weightloss

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We just returned from vacation and the first thing I did the following morning is get on the scale! Vacation offers lots of opportunities to overeat, especially when dining at all-you-can-eat restaurants. For years, I gained weight during every vacation, but now I have a 7-step “no weight gain” strategy that works!

  1. Eat 2 meals per day instead of 3 meals
  2. Start breakfast with a bowl of oatmeal
  3. Top off breakfast with fruit
  4. Minimize carbohydrates (muffins, bagels, donuts, bread)
  5. Minimize breakfast meats (bacon, sausage)
  6. Snack on fruits and a handful of nuts for lunch
  7. For dinner, eat fish and vegetables with minimal carbohydrates

The Cafe Amalfi Restaurant at Hilton Beach Club offers a breakfast buffet for $17, which includes everything! I begin each breakfast with a large bowl of oatmeal (with raisins and a teaspoon of brown sugar), which provides fiber for “regularity.” For those of us who are over 50, staying “regular” while on vacation is a top priority! The buffet includes omelets, so I order an “eggbeaters” omelet with green pepper, onions and tomatoes (no meat or cheese). I love muffins but they are high calorie carbs, so I eat half a muffin. I estimate half a muffin at 150 calories, so I know I need to work off 150 calories that day. I top of breakfast with fruit, such as red, sweet, juicy watermelon!

I skip a formal lunch, but when I get hungry in early afternoon, I snack on a banana (for pottasium) and handful of heart-healthy cashews. For dinner, I eat fish, such as salmon, haddock, grouper, red snapper, or scallops. Vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, and salad provide nutrients and fiber. I love bread, so I eat it in “moderation” at dinnertime. As soon as we get back to the hotel, we exercise! Walking and riding stationary bike works off the bread calories!

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