It’s kinda funny seeing people’s reaction to us when we say DeWayne is retired. Some people ask if he joined the military when he was 12. Others ask “He’s going to get a job, isn’t he?” even though the tone is more of an expected statement rather than a real question. When I say “Only if he wants one,” they look very confused.
I realize it probably has to do more with the word “retirement” and what we think that means or when we think that normally happens in someone’s life. Honestly, we haven’t really liked the word ourselves, but hadn’t come up with anything better.
Recently I was reading “The Not So Big Life” and the author shared a definition of retirement that I really like.
“Retire from doing things that have no meaning or joy in them anymore.”
With this new definition, I have personally been retired for years because I committed myself to follow my joy and create meaning in everything I do.
I am really excited for DeWayne to fully step into this way of being and living with me. And I want to invite you to do the same. You don’t need to wait to be a certain age, or to have a certain income, a certain dollar amount in your savings or investments, or when your kids are older. And in our case, we didn’t have to know what was next. All we knew is that we wanted to live in Portland. Once you let go of all the excuses, you realize it can be sooner than you think.
And here is even better news. You don’t have to make big, tough decisions to retire. Just commit to follow your joy and bring more meaning into your life. If you don’t know what that is, create space and experiences to explore what that may be right now. Maybe it is learning to play an instrument, or picking up one you used to love playing. Maybe it is taking a class to learn how to paint, photography, make furniture, garden, write. Maybe it is traveling? Or volunteering? The list is endless.
If you are unhappy with your work, where can you bring more joy and meaning into it? Where can you practice being retired?
If you know it is time to leave, where can you remove pressure and feelings of being stuck. Where can you begin to remove debt? Where can you simplify your life? Where can you become trained in something you love? Where is your gut and intuition guiding you now that you are allowing yourself to even have the conversation with yourself?
Once we knew DeWayne wanted to retire at 20 years, we had 5 years to prepare for the transition. Even early on, we were both counting on me to make up the financial difference in his retirement pay with my businesses. This put a lot of pressure on me and my business and it felt very heavy. Once I realized this, I was able to let it go and trust that we could manifest it in other ways. We didn’t need to figure out “how” it was going to happen. We just kept the big vision, took inspired action, and listened to our inner guidance.
YOU can do this. Really you can. And I am here to help. I look forward to sharing more about our personal experience with you.
Enjoy manifesting your next chapter, whatever that looks like for you.
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