Friday, April 22, 2011


Have you ever heard that expression --The only person who likes "change" is a wet baby?

We all know how true that is and most of us will do anything to avoid a major life change. Yet, here I am at 63 willingly taking on one of life's most stressful changes -- moving!

See, I've had that nagging sense of wanderlust for quite awhile since I currently spend 3 to 4 months a year either in Summit County or St. Louis and feel like I've been using my home as nothing more than a crash pad for the past few years.

So, last week I put my house up for sale and have now started that dreaded process of cleaning and giving away or pitching most of my stuff, because my new retirement lifestyle does not include owning a big home. I'm creating my dream retirement lifesytle around what I love most --4 months in the mountains, 4 at the beach and 4 in St. Louis with my family and friends.

OK -- I know you're probably thinking that I've gone off the deep end, but "WHY NOT?" After all, at age 40 I took a huge leap of faith by moving to Germany and leaving behind all my family and friends. At that time, I had never lived anywhere but St. Louis, so it was really difficult at first. I didn't know anyone, didn't speak the language, and felt very lonely and depressed for a few months, but it turned out to be the best adventure of my life.

Are you a Boomer who's afraid to follow your dream because 'fear of change' is holding you back? If so, and you really want to make a major change in your life, then check out the book "Take the Risk" by world-renowned neurosurgeon, Dr. Ben Carson.

I'll keep you posted and would love to hear from you about any dare-devil life changes you've made since retiring or are working on!


Thelma Mariano said...

Yes, change is scary for most people. And moving is one of the scariest propositions because it upsets all our daily routines.

But you are making this change as a personal choice based on joy and not on fear. For this I applaud you.

About me - I retired from the corporate workforce at 49 (timing affected by the illness of my mother) and ended up giving motivational workshops and doing personal coaching. I had never spoken in public before but I found that when I came from my personal truth, it wasn't that difficult. (You can see my workshops at .)

Rosie said...

Thanks for writing. I'll check out your website. I've given workshops for years and agree with your feelings. Rosie