What Does Your Dream Retirement Look Like?

Are you one of the 78 million baby boomers dreaming about life on a sandy beach, or of playing 18 holes on palm-lined greens?

If so, you’re not alone.

But in typical fashion Baby Boomers are redefining retirement. Freed from the grinding responsibilities of work and family, Boomers view retirement as a new beginning, and opportunity for personal discovery and growth.

And, with good reason, this is the first time in history a generation is retiring with 20 to 30 more years of life. There is still plenty of time to reclaim the youthful passions of years before kids and work. Or, to chart a new course entirely.

But, with longevity comes challenges, not the least, is figuring out when and where to start your new life, how much it will cost, and how to pay for it all. Complicating things more, the recession has hit retirement funds hard, and many will not experience the retirements they had envisioned.

But, scaling back does not have to mean less.

With sound planning, we can still experience our most precious and valued desires.  No amount of savings can buy us time, but that is exactly what our generation has been given. Beyond that, everything else is a bonus.

With extra time, today’s retirees truly can enjoy the riches of a longer, more exciting retirement. You just have to know what you want, and go get it!

My wish for everyone retiring in 2017 is that you find the location, lifestyle and house of your dreams, and enjoy the sweetest gifts of all─faith, health, love, and time.


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