Reconciling our different retirement dates and dreams

My wife dropped the bombshell last night that she was considering putting off her retirement to “somewhere between 60 and 65”. She turns 57 in a couple of weeks’ time and she’d previously talked about 60 as a likely date to, at least, cut back her hours. There’d been nothing hard and fast about that,Continue reading “Reconciling our different retirement dates and dreams”

I’ve got the February retirement routine blues

Woke up feeling decidedly glum this morning.  Despite my avowed love of February, the truth is it’s starting to drag.  For the third day in a row Storm Ciara rages, the weather out there continues to sound windy and wet and from the haven of my centrally-heated bedroom it feels decidedly cold.  I’ve got aContinue reading “I’ve got the February retirement routine blues”

I'm transitioning – my emotional retirement journey

I’ve had a month now to properly muse on my life and what’s happening to me as I approach my 60th year.  It’s big, I’ve decided, it’s very big.  This year as I leave the relative oppression of the world of work and move to the theoretical freedom of retirement, I’m making a massive transition.Continue reading “I'm transitioning – my emotional retirement journey”

February, my favourite month, time to party

February is the kindest month … those words have potential, might make a good start to a poem!  I like February, in many ways I think it’s the best month, full of hope and mercifully short.  Without doubt, January is the worst, dry and blue and wet and cold.  February, by contrast, feels like theContinue reading “February, my favourite month, time to party”

January’s done, so is a third of a percent of my life

So there goes January, it dragged for the first few weeks then all of a sudden these last few days have flown by. That’s one-twelfth of 2020 and, by my calculation about one-third of one-percent of the rest of my life. If I’m lucky enough to live the average lifespan of someone in the UKContinue reading “January’s done, so is a third of a percent of my life”

Gave yoga a go, never again!

Went to a beginners’ yoga class last night, a New Year’s resolution thing.  I do lot of cardio work, particularly running, but wanted to mix it up with something different so tried yoga.  I’ve read a few things over the years promoting the benefits of varying your fitness routine and of yoga itself so wasContinue reading “Gave yoga a go, never again!”

Bridget Jones and the glories of morning wood

There’s only four letters difference between my diary and the considerably more famous one of Bridget Jones.  Her first entry in the wonderful modern-day classic book by Helen Fielding – much better than the film – started like this: “January – an exceptionally bad start.  129 lbs. (but post-Christmas), alcohol units 14 (but effectively coversContinue reading “Bridget Jones and the glories of morning wood”

My vital retirement routine

After two long weeks of holiday, yesterday marked the full return to work for many people in the UK. It also marked the return of my semi-retirement routine, something I’ve learned is a crucial part of staying sane when your life is no longer dominated by work.  It took me a listless few months toContinue reading “My vital retirement routine”

Doing Dry Friday – 10 tips

Tonight’s the night! For many doing Dry January our first Friday night will be the big test.  I found it hard this time last year but I got through it and lasted the whole month.  Dry January was so something I’d thought about doing for a long time but never stuck to it for moreContinue reading “Doing Dry Friday – 10 tips”

New hobbies and goals for 2020

Well here I am in 2020.  My 60th year, sixth decade on planet Earth gets underway.  On way back from long weekend city break which was the usual mix of good and bad, one day I’ll truly find the secret of booking the perfect holiday.  Horrendous 11-hour day of travel for three hour flight, veryContinue reading “New hobbies and goals for 2020”

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