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May 02, 2010


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Syd, I hate to see this, but I'm afraid I'm somewhere between group 2 and 3. I've never been in the "slow group" before and feel like I'm missing some critical retirement gene at times.

Thanks so much for the book recommendation. I have Zelinski's book but there seemed to be something missing there for me. Perhaps because the last time I read it, I was still working a lot and dreaming of retirement. I'll pick it up and re-read it.

Just skimming through the first chapter, the author diagnosed me to a T. I also note that at the end of the first chapter, he gives a hint of what's to come - the Enneagram. I've found the Enneagram to be the most helpful personality diagnostic and personal growth tool of all personality typing methods. Looking forward to reading the book!! (This will have to be my one book of the month purchase).

My name is Jacqueline and I am an achievement addict. :-)


I'm definitely in group 1, although with some issues. I treasure the freedom to meet all those priorities I set pre-retirement, including spending time helping moms with medical care and other challenges and visits to help with grandkids. I am thoroughly enjoying diving into my to-do list of things I have always wanted to do but did not have stress-free time for while employed. But my goals are modest, and I sometimes think I am "falling short" by choosing this puttering-about way of life. But, hey, I am sticking with it until I get tired of it!


As my job basically involves blogging and a little graphic design (two things I love doing), I can't ever see myself fully retiring! Maybe cutting down a little but never stopping!

Retired Syd

@Jacqueline aka achievement addict: Well, maybe you'll win the free copy and then you won't have to tap into your book budget!

@LC: I also need the book that, as far as I know, doesn't exist: How Not to Feel Guilty About the Puttering-About Way of Life.

@Forest: Well your un-retired life sounds a lot like my retired life. Well except no one pays me to do the stuff I love doing. If only I had loved doing accounting . . . .


Thanks Syd, too late, I bought it already. And what's wrong with me that I like doing accounting?? :-( I feel like somebody's paying me to play sudoku sometimes. I just need to have less poverty of imagination for how I can get those same needs met in a non-profit kind of way. I've got a few ideas up my sleeve already - thanks again!


What? You didn't LOVE doing accounting?! :-)


Ok, I take that back. I've 'been served' by Jacqueline!


I would be interested in a read!


Depending on the day I can be in any of the three groups.


I am definitely in the first group. Even in my final 17 months of working when I reduced my weekly work days from 3 to 2, I felt that working got in the way of doing my other things. Because of the long, tiring, awful commute, I could not do my daytime stuff or my evening stuff. The only way I could have unfettered access to both every day was to retire altogether. And I am soooo glad I did in late 2008 at age 45.

Retired Syd

For those that didn't win the contest, there's a second chance over at: http://blog.canadian-dream-free-at-45.com/2010/05/14/book-review-the-retiring-mind/

fred doe

retirement is a work in progress. just like your life. except your free to do as you like and that kind of freedom can scare some but don't be scared. it's just you living your life.

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