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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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Enjoy Peaceful Bliss at the Beach! #over50 #travel #retireyourway

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It’s the day after the Memorial Holiday weekend in Virginia Beach, Virginia. One would think the beach and beachtown would still be overflowing with vacationers, however it is surprisingly very peaceful … Why? The weather is cloudy with a light rain … a perfect opportunity to enjoy peaceful bliss at the beach! Listen to the waves crash on the shore. Listen to the seagulls chirp. Feel the ocean breeze on your face and in your hair. Look at how far and wide the ocean extends … as far as the eye can see … Stretch out your arms and see if you can match the vastness of the ocean. The ocean is a natural stress reliever. If you are unable to travel to the beach, take a virtual trip to the beach! Watch and listen to the beach video below …



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Squats + Shoulder Presses = Total Body #Workout! #health #healthy

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I used to work with a young man who had a sideline business as a personal trainer. He told me that the best exercise anyone can do is squats. Squats work our largest muscles, which are our leg muscles. When we workout our leg muscles, it burns the most amount of fat. Therefore, at least twice per week, I do 3 sets of 10 squats. To work my upper body, I hold 3 pound weights and do shoulder presses when I stand up. The effect is a total body workout! In between the squats, I walk to give my muscles a break. It’s an efficient use of time because it only takes a few minutes, and an effective workout because it works the largest muscles. My goal is a 30 minute workout, which includes the 3 sets of squats and walking. Let’s get healthy at The Fifty Plus Network!

Of course, check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program. Alert1 Medical Alert Systems has a variety of senior care technology products to alert your loved ones or 911 if you have a medical emergency.

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Consider #RealEstate for Your Next #Career or #Business! #over50 #50plus

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Do you like looking at houses? Do you keep track of the good schools in your town or city? Are you aware of the good neighborhoods and not-so-good neighborhoods in your city or town? When you see a home for sale or a new residential development, are you curious about the asking prices for the home(s)? If you answered yes to any of these questions, real estate might be a good career or business choice for you! According to CNN Money, the U.S real estate market is hot again! Interest rates are still low, and unemployment is at a 10-year low of 4.5%. This might be the perfect time to consider a career or business in real estate. Typically, when we ponder a career in real estate, we automatically think “real estate agent.” However, there are many different types of careers or businesses in the real estate industry, such as:

  1. property manager
  2. rental manager
  3. real estate investor
  4. real estate analyst
  5. property maintenance (cleaning, painting, repairing, installing)
  6. home inspector
  7. mortgage broker
  8. insurance agent

Some of the aforementioned careers or businesses require a license or certification. Other careers or businesses require no official credentials, such as property management, rental manager, and real estate investor. “Over50” individuals have decades of experience, which can be the most important factor when considering a career or business in real estate. To determine if real estate is the right business for you, click here. To learn more about career opportunities in real estate staffing, consulting, mergers and acquisitions, click here.

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6 #Businesses to Start with Little to No Cash! #over50career #50pluscareer

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Even if you have a successful career, and are in the “over 50” category, it still behooves you to consider an additional stream of income. You never know when your employer might merge, initiate layoffs, or offer early retirement. Due to technological and geopolitical changes in the economy, businesses must adapt to a constant state of change. Sometimes businesses will add employees to account for extra demand for their products or services; and sometimes businesses will eliminate employees to reduce liabilities. Some jobs may be lost to the increased use of robots. Fast food restaurants are already using robots to replace humans. Geopolitical changes in the economy result from trade agreements negotiated with other countries, such as NAFTA. Typically, the first employees laid off are workers over 50 because their salaries and benefits are higher than younger employees. If you are over 50, it is prudent to prepare for uncertainty in the economy by creating an additional stream of income. To learn more about 6 businesses you can start with little to no cash, click here. For more on preparing for economic change, click here.

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3 Reasons to Visit #Historic Places in Your #Hometown! #over50 #travel

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Do you like to travel? Most of us do! Have you ever thought about visiting historic places in your own hometown? Why would you do so? We have 3 reasons:

  1. Educational and Cultural Experience
  2. Inexpensive
  3. Time-Efficient

Educational and Cultural Experience

All cities and towns have historic sights … you just have to look for them. Start with the Wiki page for your city or hometown. It will provide the history for your area, and it will identify interesting historic sights to visit. It is an opportunity to learn something new and grow new brain cells!

For instance, the Wiki page for the Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes indicates that the church was built in 1874. Imagine what the country was like in 1874, 9 years after the end of the Civil War. It gives you a perspective on life and where you are today!

Inexpensive

If you are visiting historic sights in your own city or hometown, transportation costs are minimal because you are driving or using local transportation. You may have to buy a ticket to tour the historic sight. If you are a senior citizen, ask for a senior discount!

The cobblestone streets and historic buildings near the historic statehouse provides a quaint and peaceful environment to explore … perfect for over 50 travelers.

Time-Efficient

If you are visiting historic sights in your own city or hometown, it should take less than 1 hour to arrive. Become a tourist in your own city or hometown!

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3 #TravelTips for #Over50 #Travelers! #over50travel #travel

When we were young and newly married, we visited Virginia Beach at least once per year, sometimes twice per year! Virginia Beach was and is a magnet beach spot for young folks! Even though we are now over 50, we still enjoy visiting Virginia Beach. We just have to take certain precautions to ensure our “comfort.” We love the Hilton brand, so we usually stay at a Hilton hotel when we travel. When we were in our mid 40s, we stayed at the Hilton Oceanfront when it was a brand new hotel in the center of Virginia Beach! We were excited about being among the first to experience the new Hilton. As we started to wind down after we checked in, we noticed the Sound Stage next to the hotel. For some reason, we weren’t concerned about it until we were ready to go to sleep around 10pm. At that point, we realized we were no longer “spring chickens.” We were irritated that our sleep pattern was being disrupted!

So, our first bit of advice to our “over 50” nation … book a hotel that is not in the center of all the action! Typically, when you make a reservation, you are not thinking about the amount of noise present, or an entertainment venue might be next door. In our opinion, the hotels on the northern part of the beach are quieter.


Our second travel tip for “over 50” travelers has to do with the hotel floor selection. When we visited New York City during the holidays, we stayed at the Hampton Inn Times Square. The price was right, and we love the free breakfast! However, when we checked in, the front desk gave us a room on the 29th floor! At the time, we were tired and not thinking well, so we accepted the room on the 29th floor. To learn what happened in the middle of the night on the 29th floor, click here.


Our third travel tip for “over 50” travelers has to do with our health … stay hydrated! We just learned that one of our uncles was recently in the hospital for 3 days because he was traveling and not drinking water on a regular basis. He developed a kidney infection that affected his blood sugar and blood pressure. He didn’t want to drink alot of water because he didn’t want to stop every hour for a bathroom break.

To summarize our 3 travel tips for over 50 travelers:

  1. Search for accommodations that are away from the center of activity
  2. Request a hotel room on the 7th floor or below
  3. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water

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3 Ways to Prepare 4 New President & #Economy! #business #businesstips

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No matter who you like and/or who you voted for, there will be a change at the top leadership position of the free world! That change introduces “uncertainty” into the economy and financial markets, so there will be volatility. There may be job losses in your industry based on new policies. We all must prepare for change, and here are 3 ways:

  1. Beef Up Your Emergency Fund
  2. Create an Additional Stream of Income
  3. Learn the U.S. Tax Code

Beef Up Your Emergency Fund

Try to save money wherever you can. How? Take a look at all of your discretionary spending, which is money you don’t have to spend. For example, you don’t have to buy a coffee everyday. Make your coffee at home using Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Coffeemaker, Black, SK13. Spend $25 on a coffee maker and it will pay for itself in 5 days! I am a huge proponent of taking your lunch to work every single day. For inexpensive lunch ideas, click here. Instead of drinking a soda or fruit punch with your lunch, drink water. Water is healthier and it’s FREE! Taking your lunch and drinking water will easily save $10 per day! That’s $200 per month and $2,400 per year! Your emergency fund should cover at least 6 months of expenses just in case you lose your job or incur unexpected expenses.

Create an Additional Stream of Income

Generate extra monthly income. How? Take a look at your passions and skills.

  1. What are you really good at? What do you love doing? What would you do even if you didn’t get paid for doing it?
  2. Can you provide this product or service to others, and would they pay for it?

If you have elderly or very busy neighbors, they probably need help around the house. They may need help running errands. Think of ways you can make their lives easier, and how much you can charge for that service. You can build a customer base in your own neighborhood! Minimize advertising expenses by using word-of-mouth and old-fashioned flyers! What types of services can earn extra money?

  1. Cut grass
  2. Teach classes in your area of expertise
  3. Cook meals for an elderly neighbor or client
  4. Tutor children or young adults
  5. Run errands for an elderly neighbor or client
  6. Fix computers
  7. Provide transportation to an elderly neighbor or client
  8. Program electronics such as alarm systems, cable or satellite TV, thermostats
  9. Powerwash house siding, decks, and sidewalks for homeowners
  10. Gardening (pull weeds, fertilize grass and plants, prune shrubs)

Learn the U.S. Tax Code

Donald J. Trump is our president, and the Congress (House and Senate) remain controlled by Republicans, so you can believe they will change the U.S. Tax Code to help businesses, large and small! Once you decide what type of product or service you can provide, and get paid for, form a small business. Learn about Schedule C of the U.S. Tax Code. Read it and study it, over and over again. If there are terms you don’t understand, google the terms. Read books such as Start Your Own Business, Sixth Edition: The Only Startup Book You’ll Ever Need. To save money, go to the library and borrow the business books. Make sure the books are no more than 1 – 2 years old because the Affordable Care Act has had a universal impact on the U.S. Tax Code.

To summarize, extra monthly income will help you weather the storm, no matter what policy changes occur when a new president takes office. To learn more about career and business options for folks over 50, click here.

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