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  • 5 Second-Act Stories (and 5 tips for creating your own)

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    There’s nothing like reading an inspirational second-act story to get you energized about the possibilities for semi-retirement.

    I often write about those stories here on the site. But since I’ve hadn’t had much free time as of late to write, I wanted to share five stories that I recently found on the web. Enjoy!

    1. From Exec Recruiter to Yoga Instructor (Encore.org): Felice Brenner turned her love of yoga into an encore career teaching Pilates and yoga at the VA medical center.

    Takeaway Tip: ”You don’t want to be 70 or 80 years old and then say, ‘I could have, should have.’ Trust the things you love, get training or get motivated and something will happen that will lead you to the next thing.”

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  • Want a Second-Act Career? 20 Helpful Videos


    And the Oscar goes to…Okay, so clearly I am in no danger of being asked to walk the red carpet!

    But I was recently interviewed by Sarah Hiner, President of Bottom Line Publications, as part of a video series called, “Conversations with the Experts.”

    Sarah and I chatted about all things “career” for several hours. It was great fun, and as you’ll soon see, we covered lots of territory.

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  • Consulting as a Second-Act Career

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    I often joke that when I ask people what they want to do in retirement at least half of them will respond, “Consulting.”

    Jokes aside, this response comes as no surprise. Consulting can be a great way to bridge the gap between full-time employment and retirement. That’ s why I wanted to share three key points from a recent NY Times article that highlights consulting as a second-act career:

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  • The Changing Face of Retirement in 2015

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    As we settle into 2015, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at some of the studies about boomers and retirement that appeared during 2014. While I am reluctant to put too much emphasis on any one individual study  (we are talking about 78+ million people after all) the combined data offers some interesting insights into the changing nature of “retirement” in the United States.

    So what does “retirement” look like as we begin 2015? Here are five key takeaways from the studies:

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  • Fun Ways to Mix Work and Travel in Retirement

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    I recently received a note from a new visitor to the website asking the following:

    “ I want to travel, have motorhome – will travel, and would love to get paid for it.  Any suggestions for career changes?  Keep up the great work and hope to hear from you soon.”

    Rather than respond to her directly, I thought it would be helpful to post my answer here, since so many of you would like to figure out ways to blend work and travel during semi-retirement.

    Here are a few suggestions (and no, these tips aren’t just for folks with motor homes):

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