One of the most common questions I’m asked about planning for semi-retirement is, “How do I get started?”
My answer is always the same. You get started by getting to know yourself better. You think about the “big” questions like:
I just returned from a glorious family vacation to the Tetons and Yellowstone. It was a wonderful break in every way – incredible views, fantastic restaurants, and most importantly, a rare chance to spend a week relaxing with our adult children.
My only complaint about vacation is that getting back to work is always so tough (and I love my job). All I want to do is sit here and stare at my trip photos. As my daughter posted on Instagram about this photo of Jenny Lake: #nofilterneeded.
Alas, work beckons. So now back to you and how to get paid to travel…
You know how we metaphorically refer to transitions as “leaving the nest?” Well, this past weekend I had the opportunity to see “our” birds leave their nest. Literally.
Of course, the birds weren’t technically ours. They were a family of wrens who camped out for the summer in a gourd we hung on our deck (pictured above). But still, after spending a summer watching them build their nest and capture bugs for their babies, they sure felt like part of the Collamer family.
Witnessing them take flight was a rare treat; one that I doubt I’ll ever be lucky enough to see again. And as I watched them leave the nest, I couldn’t help but observe that their departure offered a lesson about transitions that applies to us all:
Much of what I write about here is geared towards people interested in doing something new and different during semi-retirement.
But of course, not everyone wants to do a 180-degree change in their second-act career. Some people really love their jobs and would like to stay connected to their professions on a part-time basis after “retiring” from their full-time career.
If that sounds like you, here are nine ways to work on a more flexible basis during semi-retirement - while still using your professional expertise:
According to a recent Merrill Lynch survey on retirement, nearly one-third of pre-retirees hope to work during retirement to give back to society, their communities and worthy causes.
That stat certainly jives with what I hear from clients and readers.
Fortunately, there are limitless ways to give back. But as I am fond of saying, “You don’t need to be Mother Teresa to make a difference in the world. Mother Teresa needed to be Mother Teresa. You need to make a difference honoring your unique gifts.”