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Being semi-retired is difficult. There aren’t the demands, rewards, expectations of a real job but there isn’t the freedom to do something completely different either. So I’m interested in articles that propose processes for making these life changes.

Five Steps for Finding Your Post-Career Passion

  1. Establish Your Goals
  2. Make a List of Ideas
  3. Develop a Master Plan
  4. Take Small Steps
  5. Reward Yourself Along the Way

Passion is a pretty strong word.

Many of our friends who are successfully retired are involved in several activities regularly

    active and social – sailing, hiking, tennis, golf
    volunteering – museums, youth groups, service organzations
    family
    part-time work in area of expertise
    social organizations – yacht club, dancing
    frequent travel
    projects – tractor restoration, home improvements, gardening
    reading, writing – book clubs, newsletter
    financial – investing

from Covey – 7 Habits
Principles of Balanced Self-Renewal
http://www.profitadvisors.com/7thhabit.shtml

Physical – health, exercise
Social / Emotional – personal leadership, empathetic communication and creative cooperation
Mental – reading, writing, organizing and planning
Spiritual – commitment to your value system, personal mission statement

I heard an interview with the former editor of JAMA shortly after he had been let go from that position. When asked what he was going to do next, he replied that he didn’t know what he would do but he was sure that it would be interesting and important.

I prefer things to be project-oriented, rather than ongoing processes or operations or service delivery. For example a fellow hiker is active with Meals on Wheels. Delivering meals is a process, staging the annual fund raising event is a project.

So here are some projects that might be considered interesting and important.

problem solution
producing a deliverable – book, seminar
event planning and staging

Volunteer Match
provides listings and links to hundered of organizations and thousands of volunteer jobs
http://www.volunteermatch.org

military muesums – USS Hornet, Jeremiah O’Brien, Western Aero Mueseum

Tech Awards – interesting problems looking for solutions, implementation

books – observation and commentary, research

research / investigation – this time in financial history, pumping / jamming to keep stock market indicies up artifically?

Cheap travel

Everygreen Club – members are 50+, must host in order to participate
http://www.evergreenclub.com/

Affordable Travel Club – members are 40+, must host in order to participate
http://www.affordabletravelclub.net/howitworks.htm

Lindblad Expeditions – natualists
http://www.expeditions.com/

Elderhostel is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing extraordinary learning adventures for people 55 and over. From New Hampshire to New Zealand, South Africa to South Dakota, Elderhostel offers you a world of educational opportunities – at exceptional values.
http://www.elderhostel.org/about/default.asp

Tauck Tours – bus tours with good accommodations – not cheap though
hiking buddies took central europe tour sept 2006
http://www.affordabletours.com/Tauck_Tours/

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