Explore how Sharon is Rewiring in her Retirement
Written with Sharon Whitlock
Many people find that retirement gives them a lot more time on their hands. That leaves some people itching to do something fulfilling with that time. The big struggle comes with figuring out what to do during this newfound freedom.
For the first time in a long time, many people have the opportunity to focus on exploring their interests. There are a lot of ways for people to do that and sometimes all the options can seem daunting but in reality, it is a fun exploration!
A number of people have written books on such topics such as Jeri Sedlar, the author of Don't Retire, Rewire.Join Jeri Sedlar's Guest Speaking Event
Retired And Looking For Answers
Sharon had recently retired and was looking for answers when she found this book.
“I was led to this book while ruminating during the pandemic about yearning for more purpose and passion in my life.”
Through Jeri’s book, which also drew on insights from Roger Whitney: The Retirement Answer Man Podcast, Sharon was able to see her retirement as another stage in life.
For those looking to get set up for retirement, there are a number of great resources out there.
- Roger Whitney's The Retirement Answer Man Podcast focuses on preparations to consider prior to retirement.
- Jeri Sedlar’s Don't Retire, Rewire walks participants through various self-discovery activities to help them explore their interests.
- Communities like Career Pivot help older adults if they are looking for community accountability in their career shifts.
- Explore skills through communities built for older adults like GetSetUp, which allows older adults to learn and keep up with technology. Plus gives them opportunities to learn new job skills and socialize through a variety of activities to explore interests.
Soul Searching In Another Stage Of Life
Thanks to Sharon’s explorations in her retirement she had a breakthrough. She understood that
“Retirement is another stage of life, one must prepare to continue to be satisfied and happy in. That may be as a volunteer, a consultant, an entrepreneur, a paid position, or just pursuing hobbies. Get ready for your reawakening!”
Sharon felt that a couple of key questions from Jeri Sedlar, the author of Don't Retire, Rewire really helped her to rewire in her retirement.
The key questions that most impacted Sharon from Jeri’s book were:
1) If you were to develop a theme for your life, what would that look like? What things, if missing, would leave deficits in your life?
2) What do you dream about? If you had time to yourself with all the resources (time, money, connection, etc) you needed, where would you be and what would you be doing? (Consider these same ideas if you had only 5 years left to live, one year, or three months)
3) What things have you done during your life that make you proud? Add to this by listing your strengths and skills.
4) What are your deal-breakers or things you want to avoid? (Working for someone else, a long commute, relocating, etc.)
5) What are your drivers? (what inspires you!)
Don't Retire, Rewire explores these questions more deeply and other questions with a lot of resources for those on this exploratory journey.
For Sharon, her soul searching through her study of this book brought her a lot of fun and exciting new opportunities. While Sharon has enjoyed some of her past experience, she was looking to do something she would enjoy more like working with dogs. Though ultimately she decided to pursue her voice which she has often been complimented on in presentations and elsewhere.
“At the start of my career, I did some radio and marketing but later took a job at IBM. Now that I’m retired I’m thinking about it again.”
Now she’s looking into opportunities for voice-over work and other voice work and taking up opportunities. She first considered this by listening to a number of podcasts and really enjoying them.
“What I found through this exercise in the book is a combination of finding a skill I have that I can use to give back and feeling a sense of accomplishment. Imagine a person who can’t get a story any other way can get it through listening to my words.”
Plus she’s looking forward to exploring a voice coach and learning more about voice work.
“I’m just beginning my journey and it all started with GetSetUp, podcasts, and this book Don’t Retire, Rewire. One of the things I miss most now from not working is an environment where I can have new experiences on a regular basis and gain a sense of accomplishment. Thanks to these resources I’m able to get some of that back on my own schedule.”
Does this topic and book sound of interest to you like Sharon? Well, join the GetSetUp learning community when Jeri Sedlar comes to GetSetUp!
Living longer and healthier lives demands new and creative planning to discover new passions, purpose and possibilities. Life was challenging before the pandemic and now making decisions and knowing what you want to do next is even harder. Author Jeri Sedlar will guide us in answering the question of what’s next using the highly successful 5 Step Rewiring Process found in her book, “Don’t Retire, REWIRE!” Jeri wants individuals to have the most fun and fulfilling futures imaginable. Through her work and ongoing research over the past 20 years, Jeri knows that we sometimes need a “push” in the right direction to get started. Jeri is focused on helping individuals better understand the tangible and intangible aspects of planning for their next act, regardless of age or stage of life. Jeri’s goal is to help people identify what drives them; to unearth the people, places and things that will keep them engaged and connected with life throughout their life.Book Jeri's Guest Speaking Event