A side from financial concerns, the No. 1 question that most impending and recent retirees struggle to answer is how they will fill up all their time. While spending time with family and relaxing are priorities for most folks entering the post-career chapter of their lives, these aren’t enough to fill up the bulk of your newly acquired free time. Cultivating a hobby is a great use of your time at any age, but especially during retirement. As Dick Van Dyke once said, “To me, retirement means doing what you have fun doing.” Here are three questions to help you discover a hobby that’s right for you. Do you have a dormant passion? Work has a tendency to put our other interests on the back burner. Maybe you painted for pleasure during college but put the canvas away to focus on your career. Perhaps you were once a chess fanatic, and today you find your board gathering dust from lack of use. Now is the perfect time to rediscover those once-beloved activities. What have you always wanted to do? Discovering new hobbies is just as rewarding as rekindling old ones. Have you ever heard about a pastime and thought, “I’d love to do that, if only I A GUIDE TO PICKING A POST-CAREER HOBBY Newand Rediscovered Passions in Later Life
had the time”? Former NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe opened a winery after retiring from football. While you probably don’t have the financial resources of a professional athlete, there’s nothing stopping you from pursuing a newfound passion at the same velocity as the footballs Bledsoe threw. Is there a cause you want to support? Volunteer work can be incredibly fulfilling, especially when you have the time and energy to devote to it. Many older adults find that giving back to the community adds meaning and purpose to their lives. The best way to figure out how to donate your time is to think about a cause dear to your heart. From there, find a reputable organization that supports said cause, and see what you can do to help.
Retirement is the perfect opportunity to throw yourself head-first into something you’re passionate about. So what are you waiting for?
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Sheryl Keeme, Marketing Director and Assistant Law Firm Administrator How long have you worked at Keystone? This spring, I will celebrate my fourth anniversary of working for Keystone. It’s been inspiring to help hundreds take care of their “stuff” and watch Francisco map out his vision to grow Keystone. What do you enjoy most about your job? I love people. So my favorite part of my job is interacting with people who need our help. I am fortunate to be the first person who meets many of our clients. We have the warmest, nicest clients around. Has Arizona always been home? I moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, in 2000 from Beaver County, Pennsylvania, just outside of Pittsburgh to take a position with the American Cancer Society. It was the best decision I ever made. No more snow! What do you like to do in your free time? Hmmm. I like to keep busy. I run a ghostwriting freelance business to help people write their own books. And I love to cycle on my road bike, kayak the Salt River, cook, taste wine, travel, read, and hang out with family and friends. What’s an interesting fact about you? I have ridden century bicycle rides (100 miles) in Santa Barbara, San Diego, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and three in Arizona. I was also fortunate enough to bike beautiful Provence, France, on a Bike and Barge Tour. It was fantastic! In November, I am riding in the Tour de Tucson, which is 50 miles.
This month, get to know one of the newest and one of the longest-serving members of the Keystone Team! Lindsie Simonson, Associate Attorney How long have you worked at Keystone? I am new to Keystone Law Firm and only have a couple of weeks under my belt.
What do you enjoy most about your job? The environment and people have been wonderful so far. They really make Keystone a great place to be.
Has Arizona always been home? I am originally from South Dakota, so I’m very new to Arizona, but I am loving every minute of it so far.
What do you like to do in your free time? I have two boys, a husband, and a dog, so much of my free time is spent with my family. When I do get a few moments to myself, I really enjoy photography, crafting, knitting, crocheting, and exploring. What’s an interesting fact about you? I am a sponge of “useless” knowledge and really enjoy sharing crazy facts on every topic. So if you ever get a chance to talk with me in person, expect some type of random fact to come up in our conversation.
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