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January 13, 2014


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Even before I retired 5 years ago I had found some ways to use my spreadsheet skills in my hobbies and volunteer work. The best was being able to create an Excel spreadsheet to help me run some small school Scrabble tourneys. The spreadsheet figured out W/L records, point spreads in each game (and cumulative spreads), and the pairings for each round, all rather quickly so we could get the games going as soon as possible.


Wonderful blog read, thanks so much Syd. And congratulations on again being published in the WSJ . . . incredibly impressive!

Favorite childhood activity: Lacing up my rollerskates and taking off, or throwing my leg over my bicycle and pedaling off. Not much has changed. I'm still happiest when I'm in motion, and retirement allows to do so for hours a day if I wish.

Just this morning, as my husband and I finished up a long hike under beautiful, sunny skies, I realized that 2 and 1/2 years in, I no longer think of my life as being an early retirement life. It's just my life, and it now feels normal.

As long as I resist giving in to my lazy side, my activities keep me consistently stimulated and satisfied. Work did this for a long time, until one day, to my surprise, it didn't. Which is when I retired.


Great post Syd and in the Wall Street Journal! I can only dream of such a think. I think you hit the nail on the head with this one. It should be on all recent retirees list for things to read.

I have been retired for going on 14 years now and it took me a while to learn these lessons on my own but I have managed to recreate those things I enjoyed in the corporate world into this version of my life. Thanks for helping me realize that...

Retired Syd

deegee: It's much more fulfilling when it's actually for something you are passionate about, right?

Tamara: It's no surprise to me that your favorite childhood activities were the physically active ones!

RJ: Thank you! It's not necessarily intuitive, is it? When we picture retirement, we generally think of a lot of relaxing, leisure time, right?


I enjoyed reading your article in the WSJ! And as you noted earlier, it is very timely for me and my upcoming retirement due to our company relocating to Salt Lake City.

Honestly, my job has never defined me, and it is not very stressful, we have a good working environment. However, after being at the computer all day for 5 days a week, for many years, some of us older folks are developing aches and such due to repetitive stress. I am really looking forward to stepping away from work and incorporating more movement, variety and healing in my life.

Thanks for the tips on how we can retain some of the positive things we got from our corporate jobs, and continue them into our new freedom filled lives.

linda vaughn

It is always such a pleasure to get a notice of your blog in my mailbox. I really do want to print out all your blog posts and put them in a little booklet so I can thumb through them. It's like you're writing just to me, and describing just the types of things I'm going through. Thanks for the great post.

Retired Syd

Diane B: Well I wish I could say that retirement solves that aches and pains stuff, but age just keeps marching forward I guess.

Linda; Thank you for making my night!

Mary M-S

Excellent post! Glad I saw this in the WSJ, congrats :-)

Looking forward to reading more!!

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