Now that you’re retired... or just have more time on your hands... what's next?
Many people, on retiring, often feel at a loose end. While working they felt as though they were ‘organised’. They had routine, a daily schedule and always thought that when they retired, life would just happen for them. Some retire and then spend that retirement catching up on all the hobbies they did part- time but always wanted to do more of like gardening or painting. Some retirees are just not sure what they want to do.
Perhaps they are spoilt for choice or don’t know what’s really ‘their thing’. I knew that feeling really well and fortunately applied a little lateral thinking and started a series of books filled with mini-autobiographies written by people in their 50’s, 60’s and 70+ These people knew happily what they wanted to do or kept on doing something they’ve always done and that may be very inspiring but how does that help you?
I am currently putting together a small group of people who have put their hands up for
a little help in this area. They would like to get together to discuss how to find that purpose, activity or interest now they have more time on their hands.
If this describes you and you would like to know more then please message me, either through FB - JulieAnkersWrites or via email. I look forward to hearing from you.
More about the workshops!
A lot of the over 50’s hit a certain point in their lives and are stumped with what they are going to do for the rest of their lives. As one who has experienced this feeling of bewilderment, it’s like the process of peeling an onion...a layer at a time.
We all don’t know exactly what we will do after paid employment. Some do and feel as though they’ve been waiting all their lives to focus on gardening, yoga, painting or perhaps writing that book, voluntary work, travelling etc. Some try it and feel underwhelmed, others overwhelmed and the result is that many of us remain in a quandary. What to do next? Where to start? How do I know if I’ll be any good or will be bored again like the last time? How do I discover THAT passion or enthusiasm? And then there are the other third age issues like health, downsizing, unresolved family matters. It’s exhausting to contemplate and often helps to either discuss with others or a confidante.
Often we need a goal but how do we determine what that goal should be?
A few of my readers have asked me about the workshops I intend to run based on some of the pointers in the books. One of the questions posed was ‘why workshops’?
The simple answer is that I run across people around my age all the time who either aren’t spending their retirement in a fulfilling way or find that their lives lack balance. They want to plan a meaningful retirement – i.e. one that has MEANING for them, and for others it’s often about resolving certain issues so they can move forward and feel at peace in this very important time of their lives.
In order to help with overcoming these challenges, I will be facilitating workshops and offering strategic life coaching sessions.
I’ve also been asked about my interest in coaching and conducting workshops and what this has to do with writing age positive books. It may seem like a professional leap, but I see this as a natural progression from what I am currently doing.
Before I was a writer, I was a speaker and trainer. For a number of years I was a corporate trainer, then a training manager (working in Australia and overseas), before I started my own speakers and trainers bureau and also diversified into running workshops for mature age employees – which became a passion!
After some 23 years I moved to the mountains and started publishing books ... compilations of stories written by men and women in their 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond, about what they are doing at this stage of their lives, how they are feeling about it and what keeps them motivated.
This has motivated me to go to the next step of offering workshops and coaching to those readers who have read the books and are now saying ‘I’d like to be motivated like that’ or ‘Where do I start?’ or ‘How do I work out what I need to do?’.
Which brings me to my next big adventure! Workshops and coaching will begin when the distancing restrictions ease. Watch my Facebook page or my website, www.julieankers.com, for updates and announcements.