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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.

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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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5 Ways to #Refresh & #Rejuvenate at the #Beach! #fitness

Going to the ocean is like going back to the source. Watching the waves crash to shore, feeling the sand vibrate and move beneath your bare feet, shows the powerful force of the ocean. Watching, listening, and feeling the power of the ocean is mesmerizing. Whenever we want to refresh, rejuvenate, and reduce stress, we head to the ocean! Here are 5 ways to refresh and rejuvenate at the beach:

  1. Take a deep breath of salty air. (Inhale and count to 7. Hold for 7 seconds. Blow out while counting to 7.)
  2. Dig your toes into the wet sand.
  3. Close your eyes and listen to the waves crashing to shore.
  4. Get up early and watch the pelicans hover over the ocean looking for breakfast.
  5. Watch the dolphins play in the morning. Virginia Beach has schools of dolphins that are very active in the morning. At the Ramada Inn on the north end, we could eat breakfast and look out of the huge picture window to see the dolphins! How exciting!

To save money, take a day trip to the beach. If you can drive to the beach in 4 hrs or less, make the trip and come back the same day. When I was a child, my Dad loved taking us to Ocean City. We would wake up on a summer Saturday morning and he would say, “Ready for the beach?!” Of course we were! We grabbed our towels and pillows, and raced to the car! Great memories …

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Welcome to The Fifty Plus Network! #over50 #50plus #over50lifestyle #50pluslifestyle

The Big 3 for those of us over the age of 50 are: Health, Career/Business Options, Retirement. The Big 3 will be the focus of our website, thefiftyplusnetwork.com. The impetus for the website came from an article on career challenges for “over 50” employees. One of the interviewees said she wished there was a place to network about issues important to folks over the age of 50. Thus an idea was born! Our goal at thefiftyplusnetwork.com is to become an online meeting place to encourage and help one another, and to share ideas and tips. To join The Fifty Plus Network:

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What’s on Your #BucketList? #over50 #50plus #retire #retirement

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Remember the movie “The Bucket List,” when Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson were living out their dreams! They developed a Bucket List of things they always wanted to do. How much fun is that?! Spending a day or two dreaming about everything you always wanted to experience, giving no thought to limitations … My Bucket List includes horseback riding. I’ve always had this dream of learning to ride a horse and galloping away! Maybe it’s because I loved Westerns as a child. One of the advantages of aging is that you can begin focusing on everything you always wanted to do! What’s on your Bucket List?

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