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Old 10-02-2009, 06:40 PM   #1
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What have you acomplished in retirement ?

A lot of out have lofty goals about all the things we will accomplish in retirement but when we retire those goals are replaced by procrastination so what have you accomplished in retirement ? I taught myself to sell on ebay and am now a Top rated Power seller . I've lost ten pounds and gained at least ten or more new friends . I've tried at least two new recipes a week and Ive travelled on the spur of the moment. I've also translated all the Stephen King books into Russian as a good will gesture ( only kidding about this part but the rest is true )
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Old 10-02-2009, 07:01 PM   #2
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I set only one lofty goal for my retirement: to stay retired. So far (4+ years) I'm on track to achieve it.
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I set only one lofty goal for my retirement: to stay retired. So far (4+ years) I'm on track to achieve it.
What a coincidence! That's my retirement goal, as well. Hope I stay on track in retirement.
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Old 10-02-2009, 07:17 PM   #4
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Besides taking several 6 week vacations I have lowered my stress level close to zero.
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Old 10-02-2009, 07:23 PM   #5
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I set only one lofty goal for my retirement: to stay retired. So far (4+ years) I'm on track to achieve it.
Great goal ,any others ?
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Besides taking several 6 week vacations I have lowered my stress level close to zero.

Isn't it great to take long vacations and not worry about the time away ?
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Great goal ,any others ?
Not really. I find goal setting - especially of the lofty variety - to be frighteningly similar to w*rk.

I prefer spontaneity and serendipity.
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Old 10-02-2009, 07:57 PM   #8
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I agree with Wahoo! As the classic preformance eval states 'I have set low goals and constantly fail to meet them!'

To be exact, I have set none, and have no intention of setting any. I will do tomorrow what ever it is I do, and that will be fine with me.
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I set only one lofty goal for my retirement: to stay retired. So far (4+ years) I'm on track to achieve it.
I've been successful with that goal as well!!!

My other accomplishments thus far have been spending lots of time (and money) on my hobbies, watching puffy clouds float by, listening to the birdies sing, doing absolutely NOTHING that I don't want to do, grilling slabs o' dead cow over the coals, traveling, and just plain ol' enjoying life!!! So go ahead a call me an over-achiever....what can I say?!
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So far Khan is the winner ! The rest of are retirement slackers !
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Old 10-02-2009, 08:33 PM   #12
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Manaña is soon enough for me! Maybe next summer I’ll decide which size yellow sticker to start the list of stuff to accomplish, or not. My unwritten goal is to became a “Type B” person.

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I've been successful with that goal as well!!!

My other accomplishments thus far have been spending lots of time (and money) on my hobbies, watching puffy clouds float by, listening to the birdies sing, doing absolutely NOTHING that I don't want to do, grilling slabs o' dead cow over the coals, traveling, and just plain ol' enjoying life!!! So go ahead a call me an over-achiever....what can I say?!
That sounds perfect! I am so glad you returned so we can hear these great reports of how your retirement has progressed.
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Old 10-02-2009, 09:17 PM   #14
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Wow, it's been over three years since I last looked at my “Goals List”. I guess I've achieved some sort of ER goal right there!

After seven-plus years of ER--
Crossed off the list:
Grow a ponytail
Chaperone all the school field trips that I can (feedback: “Thanks, Dad, you've done enough.”)
Learn to surf (but I'm philosophically opposed to competition)
Taekwondo (earned black belt in just five short years, testing for 2nd dan in six months)
More SCUBA diving
Work out at least 3x week
Lost 20 pounds
Blood pressure from 140/90 to 105/70
Water conditioner & solar water heater
Photovoltaic array
Finish unpacking boxes (moved to new home in 2000, ER'd in 2002, finished unpacking in 2003)
Reorganize the garage/attic
Reformat Honey-Do list on Outlook Calendar (now upgrading to Google)
Clean out file drawers
Complete revocable living trust estate planning
Complete "what to do if we wake up dead" list & passwords list
Re-evaluate non-profit Treasurer & Board member after one year
Start investing in the stock market with personal money
Maintain at least 10% investment annual returns 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 oh well
Net worth higher than lifetime earnings (guess we'll get to achieve this one again someday)

Surprise goals:
Wrote a book (which admittedly is a long way from “edited” and “published” a book)
Learned how to rehabilitate and live with torn ACLs

"Ongoing" goals (in priority order):
Be a good spouse
Be a good parent
Collect more retired Navy pension than active duty salary (no inflation adjustments)
Join the top ten on alma mater's "Oldest Living Alumni" list
Join the "Centenarian Sailors" listing in Navy's retirement magazine
Oahu "Hike of the Month" club
Great Barrier Reef & Pacific atoll diving
Spend another month in Thailand

And last but definitely not least, in just 317 days we'll be empty-nesters...
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Old 10-02-2009, 09:48 PM   #15
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Wow, it's been over three years since I last looked at my “Goals List”. I guess I've achieved some sort of ER goal right there!

After seven-plus years of ER--
Crossed off the list:
Grow a ponytail
Chaperone all the school field trips that I can (feedback: “Thanks, Dad, you've done enough.”)
Learn to surf (but I'm philosophically opposed to competition)
Taekwondo (earned black belt in just five short years, testing for 2nd dan in six months)
More SCUBA diving
Work out at least 3x week
Lost 20 pounds
Blood pressure from 140/90 to 105/70
Water conditioner & solar water heater
Photovoltaic array
Finish unpacking boxes (moved to new home in 2000, ER'd in 2002, finished unpacking in 2003)
Reorganize the garage/attic
Reformat Honey-Do list on Outlook Calendar (now upgrading to Google)
Clean out file drawers
Complete revocable living trust estate planning
Complete "what to do if we wake up dead" list & passwords list
Re-evaluate non-profit Treasurer & Board member after one year
Start investing in the stock market with personal money
Maintain at least 10% investment annual returns 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 oh well
Net worth higher than lifetime earnings (guess we'll get to achieve this one again someday)

Surprise goals:
Wrote a book (which admittedly is a long way from “edited” and “published” a book)
Learned how to rehabilitate and live with torn ACLs

"Ongoing" goals (in priority order):
Be a good spouse
Be a good parent
Collect more retired Navy pension than active duty salary (no inflation adjustments)
Join the top ten on alma mater's "Oldest Living Alumni" list
Join the "Centenarian Sailors" listing in Navy's retirement magazine
Oahu "Hike of the Month" club
Great Barrier Reef & Pacific atoll diving
Spend another month in Thailand

And last but definitely not least, in just 317 days we'll be empty-nesters...

ding ! ding ! So far we have a winner !
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Manaña is soon enough for me!
One of my retired friends invented a word. I can't remember it but only the definition: kinda like Manaña, but without the pressing sense of urgency.
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One of my retired friends invented a word. I can't remember it but only the definition: kinda like Manaña, but without the pressing sense of urgency.
He's right, Manaña is way too soon.
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Starting to get annoyed.....By Manaña you mean Mañana (tomorrow) or what?
Put me in the list of recalcitrant and unrepentant non acheievers
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