Retirement isn’t just about money. In our show we talk about the other things that will impact you such as: Social and Family Adventure and Travel Volunteer and Philanthropy Spiritual/soul Sex in retirement (I usually have therapists discuss this topic) Helping your parents/sandwich generation issues Baby Boomers are often helping both their children and their parents at the same time. Our goal is to help you have a great retirement, regardless of the amount of money you’ve saved. We want you to Rock Your Retirement!
Pickleball, Purpose, and the Delights of Retirement Exploration
In this episode of "Rock Your Retirement," host Kathe Kline welcomes guest Betsy again, who shares her recent adventures in retirement. Betsy talks about her upcoming trip to Italy during a less busy time of year, detailing their plans to navigate the country using buses and taxis, as well as hiring a private driver for a few days. She looks forward to visiting iconic sites like Pompeii and the Isle of Capri, with private tours and boat trips on the agenda.
The conversation takes a turn towards Betsy's newfound hobbies in retirement, including taking CPR and first aid classes, as well as pickleball classes. They discuss the importance of proper gear for pickleball, specifically shoes designed for either outdoor or indoor courts. Betsy shares her experiences at senior centers and taking brain stimulation classes, highlighting the significance of socializing and staying mentally active during retirement.
Betsy talks about her love for leisure reading and her current read, "The Life List," which explores the concept of creating a list of things to do while young. She also shares her excitement about her recent trip to Dallas, where she bonded with her family and enjoyed swimming with a fabric mermaid tail. The conversation broadens to touch on Betsy's summer getaways to Michigan and Wisconsin, emphasizing the beautiful beaches, dunes, and wineries the regions have to offer.
The episode also includes updates from both Betsy and the host. Betsy discusses her new volunteering work at a food pantry, finding fulfillment in contributing to addressing the issue of hunger. On the other hand, Kathe Kline shares her travel experiences, including a recent trip to Greece and Ireland, along with some mishaps like lost bags and an unpleasant bout of food poisoning. Despite the challenges, both guests emphasize their overall enjoyment of their respective trips.
Overall, this episode of "Rock Your Retirement" showcases Betsy's adventures in retirement, highlighting her travel plans, hobbies, and experiences, while delving into meaningful discussions about staying active, engaged, and fulfilled during the retirement years. The hosts' anecdotes and updates add a personal touch and relatability to the conversation, making it an engaging and enjoyable listen for retirement enthusiasts.
Thriving in Retirement: Betsy's Update on Her First 4 Months of Retirement
In this episode of the Rock Your Retirement Show, Betsy makes a triumphant return to update host Kathe Kline on her exciting journey since retiring four months ago. From embarking on an exhilarating trip to Morocco to settling into the rhythm of retired life, Betsy shares her experiences and offers valuable insight into making the most of this newfound freedom.
Adapting to retirement initially proved to be an adventure in itself, but Betsy quickly found her groove. She discusses the importance of keeping up with appointments, errands, and chores while still finding ample time for self-care and enjoyable activities. A typical day for Betsy involves relishing in a leisurely cup of coffee, engaging in a stimulating Wordle puzzle, and prioritizing her physical well-being through invigorating Pilates sessions or leisurely walks and bike rides.
Ever the seeker of knowledge and enrichment, Betsy makes a point to incorporate intriguing experiences into her weekly routine. She recently attended a captivating photography class at the Apple store, where she delved into the art of capturing architectural wonders. Betsy generously shares helpful tips she acquired, such as utilizing grid lines, employing the rule of thirds composition, and exploring unique angles and reflections.
Betsy's retirement also grants her the opportunity to devote quality time to her loved ones. She visits her mother-in-law at an assisted living facility, cherishing the moments shared together. Furthermore, she embraces learning Italian on the Babbel app, eagerly preparing for an upcoming trip to Italy. Betsy also reconnects with former colleagues and her boss, reinforcing her sheer contentment with the retirement lifestyle.
Amidst her fulfilling activities, Betsy finds solace in simpler pleasures. From diving into captivating books to nurturing her garden, complete with homegrown vegetables, she revels in the tranquility of her own home. Despite her husband continuing to work, the beauty of his remote setup allows him to witness firsthand Betsy's radiant enjoyment of retirement.
As the first four months of retirement pass by, it becomes abundantly clear that Betsy's enthusiasm and zest for life show no signs of wavering. Join us on this episode as Betsy reflects on her remarkable journey and imparts valuable wisdom on embracing the joys and endless possibilities that retirement brings.
A Journey of Retirement: Nurturing Bonds, Overcoming Challenges, and Embracing the Golden Years
In this episode of the Rock Your Retirement Show, Betsy, a retired individual, opens up about the incredible bond she has formed with her elderly mother-in-law. Betsy recounts the recent incident where her mother-in-law suffered a compression fracture in her spine after falling out of bed. She explains how they had to rush her to the hospital and then to a rehab facility. Throughout this challenging time, Betsy has been there for her mother-in-law, assisting her with little tasks and gaining valuable insights into her life and experiences.
As Betsy navigates the world of retirement, she also sheds light on the nursing shortage and the lack of volunteers in nursing homes and hospitals. Betsy's dedication to prioritizing her own physical well-being is evident as she actively engages in Pilates. She draws inspiration from the incredible strength and health of Martha Stewart, who, at 81 years old, continues to defy age-related expectations.
Additionally, Betsy shares her experiences at the park district gym and her fascination with the new show, The Golden Bachelor. This unique dating show challenges ageist stereotypes by featuring contestants who are over the age of 60, showcasing that love and companionship are not limited by age. Betsy also delves into the concept of Swedish death cleaning, reflecting on her life and pondering what truly holds importance.
Host Kathe Kline expresses gratitude for Betsy's willingness to share her retirement journey with listeners. She encourages audience members to share their own stories in the show notes or via email. Join Kathe and Betsy for the upcoming episode of the Rock Your Retirement Show as they continue to explore the multifaceted world of retirement.
Retiring with Adventure: A Moroccan Journey and Lessons from Berber Nomads
In this podcast episode, Betsy shares her retirement story, which started with a heartfelt send-off from her co-workers and a happy hour with her husband. She then embarked on a trip to Morocco and was pleasantly surprised to learn that it could be an affordable travel destination. While there, she immersed herself in the local culture by bargaining with shopkeepers, visiting nomad camps in the Sahara, and going to a Hamam, a public bath. She also indulged in the unique and vibrant cuisine of the region, which left a lasting impression on her.
Betsy was inspired by the well-traveled older people on her trip, who gave her valuable advice on retirement. They taught her that age is just a number, and that one should pursue their passions and explore the world. Betsy also discussed the nomadic lifestyle of the Berber people and how they have to pack up and move to another area when the grazing grounds dry up in their current location.
In the later part of the podcast, Betsy recommends that retirees should check local gyms, senior centers, and universities for free or discounted classes, as these can bring joy and fulfillment in retirement. This podcast episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in learning about the joys of retirement, discovering new destinations, or exploring new cultures.
Embracing Retirement and Reconnecting with Old Friends: A Look into Betsy's Next Chapter
In this episode of the Rock Your Retirement Show, the speaker shares their excitement for retirement and the plans they have in store. They understand that retirement isn't just about stopping work and plan to stay active and involved in their community. One way they plan to celebrate this milestone is through a retirement party or going away party at work. The speaker also has friends who are retired or retiring soon and plan to take up new hobbies and interests outside of work. They also discuss retirement plans with their husband, including where they want to live and how to spend their time.
The speaker also shares their recent experience of reuniting with old college friends on a girls' trip. They realized how nice it is to catch up with old friends and create new memories together. The listener gets a sneak peek into the speaker's upcoming plans, including a trip to Morocco and a retirement celebration. All of these events will be discussed more in-depth in the next episode of the Rock Your Retirement Show. This episode is perfect for anyone looking for inspiration on how to make the most of retirement, reconnect with old friends, and create new memories.
Planning for Retirement: Adventures, Volunteering, and Staying Connected with Betsy
In this episode of the Rock your retirement show, host Kathe Klein interviews Betsy, who is close to retirement. Betsy shares her excitement for her upcoming retirement, which she has been planning for years. She talks about her plans to try new things and have adventures, and how she is looking for ways to stay active and engaged in her daily life.
Betsy is waiting until she is within six weeks of her retirement date before giving her notice at work to avoid any potential issues. She discusses how her friend Sherry, who recently retired, is encouraging her to stay active and try new things. Betsy also reflects on the challenges of adjusting to empty nest syndrome as one of her children has recently left for college.
Betsy shares her plans to take a big trip and reunite with family members in Northern Ireland. She also talks about her desire to stay connected online after retirement and how she is monitoring the stock market for a Santa Claus rally in December.
Overall, this episode provides a glimpse into the exciting possibilities and challenges that come with retirement. Betsy's enthusiasm and determination to stay active and engaged in her daily life serves as an inspiration to those preparing for retirement or going through a similar transition.
Great Podcast, but…
I really miss the old format of an actual live discussion/interview with guests. It looks like the last one was with Edd and Cynthia on April 3. The new format - where the host describes the interview, interspersed with quotes from the guest said, is too packaged and slick. Less real. Good information, still, but off putting. I’m hoping you go back to the previous format, which was awesome.
Rock On - to health and vitality in our next phase
I am loving the podcast both the past year with Barbara Mock’s journey and Kathe’s very informed and well delivered topics. I’m now 5 years from an early retirement and appreciate all you share (such sage advice) and look forward to each podcast which I enjoy on my daily walks in nature. With gratitude
Episode 254. Barbara’s RV experience part two
I have been loving these interviews with Barbara Mock. I have learned so much (non financial part of life )from her experience this past year. Now I am eagerly awaiting more updates and pray a single person will volunteer to be next on the retirement process! When you are married you have this experience together-what do you do as a single person? I have a list of to-do items in my head for about the first 6-months -but after that ?? Can you discuss this in a podcast as well?
It is such a breath of fresh air to have a retirement podcast that is not all about finances!! Keep up the great work!