If you’re a retired woman and could give women who haven’t yet retired a road map for transitioning away from work, what guideposts would be on it?
This is the idea behind a book my co-author Leslie Inman and I are currently developing called Voices from the Other Side…of Retirement. It will be a guide for yet-to-retire women, with verbatim insights on what retirement looks and feels like from women who’ve already left the working world.
But unlike most retirement advice for women that focuses on financial planning, Voices will speak to the personal aspects of this transition: the emotional, health, identity, relationship, spiritual, and everyday ups and downs this phase of life presents.
As a member of the Medicare Beauty community, you’re invited to add your voice—and wisdom—to this important project. Here’s how:
How to Submit Your Stories
If you’re a retired woman, tell us your retirement story—the when, why and how of your transition. What has been the most difficult part of retirement and the easiest? How has retirement differed from what you expected, and what do you wish you knew before you stopped working? What advice would you give to other women to help them navigate their retirement journey?
We make sharing your information easy. Simply go to www.retirementvoices.com and complete our online questionnaire. It contains a baker’s dozen questions to prompt your responses on various topics. Answer as many questions as you like, and tell us as much or as little as you’re comfortable with. Do it in one session or several. Just be sure to complete and submit it by our deadline of April 30, 2019.
If your submission is accepted—in whole or in part—you’ll receive a free copy of Voices when it’s published.
The concept for Voices grew out of Leslie’s experience as a serial retiree. When she retired for the third (!) time in 2017, she talked to friends and family about her plans. What they related about their own retirement experiences surprised her.
“Their stories were so diverse,” she recalls. “Some transitioned away from work seamlessly and reveled in their newfound freedom. Some languished, feeling unmoored and without purpose, while others over-committed themselves to give structure to their days. Their paths were really all over the map, and it intrigued me.”
Over lunch one day, Leslie shared what she was hearing, and wondered if it might be fodder for a book—and would I like to partner with her on developing it. Since I was beginning to ponder the when and how of my own retirement, I figured I could learn a lot by being part of the process. I said yes.
An Idea was Born
So we did some initial research, asking our retired female friends questions about their retirement experience. To our surprise (and delight!), everyone said they hoped we were writing a book—because it was the kind of resource they wish had been available when they retired. The only advice they’d been able to find about retirement had dealt with the financial side of the transition.
With Voices, we aim to change that by providing real-world guidance from retired women who’ve navigated the transition from the working world to the next phase of their lives.
Today, we’re in the final weeks of our crowd sourcing initiative to gather this content. To date, we’ve heard from nearly 200 women from 27 states, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Portugal, Australia and a sailboat off Central America.
But to make Voices as robust, valuable and powerful as possible, we need to hear from more women. Women who are willing to share their experiences and insights. We hope you will be one of them.
Because women supporting women is a beautiful thing.
Remember: Go to www.retirementvoices.com no later than April 30, 2019.
About the Author:
Roxanne Jones is an award-winning freelance copywriter specializing in health and medicine. Before going out on her own in 1995, she held PR and marketing communications positions at organizations as diverse as the Boston Water and Sewer Commission, the Massachusetts Medical Society, Boston University and a healthcare software company. She turned 65 in 2018 and is on a glide path (versus a hard stop) toward retirement as she figures out what it’ll look like for her. She lives in Cumberland Foreside, Maine, with her husband and cat.