Welcome to my blog about the sunset years, a metaphor for the stage in life when we no longer have a full-time occupation. We’re retired from work. Or we inhabit an empty nest. We may be collecting CPP in Canada or Social Security in the US. We’re free to set our own agendas in the days, weeks, months and years ahead. A daunting prospect, possibly, but also a golden opportunity.
I spent the longest part of my diverse career, 20 years, as the Director of Development at Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Quebec. After taking early retirement in 2007, I became Editor of the University’s alumni magazine, working part-time from home for seven years.
Fully retired since 2014, I live with Glen, my husband of more than 30 years, and a frisky Brittany Spaniel in the West End of Vancouver BC for seven months of the year and in Scottsdale AZ for five. Our son also lives in Vancouver, and my stepdaughter, who’s married with three young children, resides in Toronto ON.
A successful retirement depends upon sound financial planning, for sure, but my blog presumes money is not a huge concern. I will write instead about the emotional and psychological aspects of this stage in life, based on my own experience, discussions with friends and family, and research on the subject.
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