Two Years into Retirement with Nerida Tempest

Introduction to Nerida Tempest- 2 years into retirement

7:36 Have to feel happy where you are. Value social interactions – started yoga, joined U3A. Need to be proactive to find new friends. Important to make the effort to meet people, make friends. Left good friends in Perth, but everyone doesn’t retire at the same time. Can’t rely solely on those you socialised with before retirement. Return to Perth because Nerida’s parents live there – about 3 times a year. See Perth friends then.

11:30 Planning day to day – doing things that I didn’t do when I worked – more physical exercise, joined a book club. Nerida and Richard planned for retirement for two years and weren’t worried about finding something to do. More difficult to choose between the many things that are available.  But activities change and be open to new things along the way. Most important to keep your body and mind active and grow your friendship group. It has been more difficult for her husband because he has been working for most of his life and taken very little long-term time off as Nerida did for raising the children. Their planning for retirement consisted mainly of logistics once they decided to move.

16:19 Retirement fulfilled their expectations. They are happy they relocated, aware that may have many years in retirement and have started thinking needing to find a purpose. But right now content with current activities but in the future they will probably not be enough. Looking for something that adds value to someone else. Nerida will start to probably explore volunteer possibilities.

18:54 Guidelines to be fulfilled in retirement: Happiness is not enough – people need purpose. For their self-worth, need to add value to someone or something. Really happy, but there will need to be more

20:48 Advice: stimulated mentally, physical activity, good social network (very important) get involved in something and comfortable with the activity and the people.

Bart Astor - I like being older

Bart Astor - Early Baby Boomer, Author and Funny

1:16 Intro: Bart Astor; author of AARP Roadmap for the Rest of Your Life and the Baby Boomers Guide to Caring for Aging Parents

3:00 What You Are Now is What You Were When  -

Early teenage years starts the development of their own values. Critical events for Bart’s development was the JFK assassination and he left home to travel with a group. Both events made a deep impression and he is still interested in politics and travelling.

7:31 What is my life now and how does that relate to who I am now? How does it affect retirement?

8:44 Baby boomers work is not over – first must differentiate from early and late boomers. The experiences are very different for those born is 40’s and early 50’s compared to those born later. Can’t lump the 18 years together as far as experience goes. The draft was a major part of his life as a young person, the Viet Nam War, but for younger boomers these were not relevant. His experience is rare in that he knew no one that was in the military and went to Viet Nam; he and his friends had deferments because of school. Doesn’t know anyone on the Viet Nam Memorial.  I knew guys that went into the army, served in Viet Nam, and some came back very damaged.

14:58 1968 – a miserable year: 50 years ago at war, Tet Offensive, Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated, Chicago riots and it still affects us. LBJ not running for president resulted in Nixon elected.

17:45 A slight detour into “Those Were the Days My Friend”  but loves being older can’t do some of the things I really like to do – like team sports. Old is good – I expect some respect and I think I get it. Younger people offered to help set up a large umbrella at the beach as Bart’s group was struggling. Accepted help; learn to accept help. Is one new skill to learn as we age

22:00 Smoothness in our lives now; not true as teenagers. Envied people who knew what they wanted to do in lives as teenagers. Bart has travelled from career to career but has brought a set of similar skills to each.

25:05 Bart’s description of a Fulfilled Retirement:

  • Can choose your own goals, but make no value judgement about those goals (choosing goals as I see fit, not judging myself)

  • Can change goals as want to do new things or as new ideas occur

  • Quality of life matches your lifestyle

  • Open to new possibilities

30:50 Contact details:

Bart’s newest writing on retirement can be found at and at

Day to Day Retirement - Introduction

Introduction to Day to Day Retirement

2:05    My retirement started with:

Round the world bicycle tour, January 1 2000, in September, came to Australia for Sydney Olympics. Partner decided to stay in Australia to explore further, and I went on to Asia. On returning to Australia, my partner wanted to extend our visa for a few months to further explore. I agreed, and a few  months later he want to live here more permanently. I agreed, but I didn’t understand that the visa we received did not allow us to work. I was forced into an unexpected, unplanned and very unwanted retirement in my early        50’s.

Retirement activities: yoga, more bicycle tours, rehabbed an old house, but not very fulfilling. The visa restrictions eased and I completed general and   specialised training in teaching yoga to seniors. Started classes and then in 2017 started a podcast to expand the perception of yoga. I found it incredibly satisfying and felt I had found my niche.

7:25    Starting another podcast on expanding the perception of retirement. Baby boomers much healthier than previous generations and will live longer. Retirement 20-30 years. Previous generations’ retirement – short rest before dying.

8:30    What is retirement now? How does it look? How do we find fulfilment and purpose for the decades of retirement? How do we contribute, find social interaction, maintain healthy bodies, minds and emotions?

9:30    First 18 -24 months are honeymoon period. Do what you want, when you want. Using your time and pursuing activities are at your discretion. After that you may want more of your retirement.

11:15 This podcast is a connection tool to hear about other peoples’ retirement journey, find new ideas, to absorb new ideas, etc

11:52 Podcast Instructions: people over 50 are the least likely to listen to podcasts however it is pretty simple.

Listen on the computer: find the Itunes app on your computer or download from the Apple store.  Search for podcasts, Apple has an extensive directory of podcasts on every subject imaginable. Click on the particular episode you want to listen to and enjoy.

iPhone – if it is new, it probably has the Itunes app (I have heard) otherwise download the app from the Apple Store. Follow instructions in computer directions.

Android phone – download the podcast app from Google store and follow instructions.

16:00 Definitions:

Subscriptions: when you click subscribe on any of the apps, this sets up a notification sequence. When a new episode of a podcast is released, the app   will either notify you or download it to your phone. It is FREE and it only means that you have asked to be notified of new episodes.

Ratings: you can rate the podcast episode on a 1-5 scale which is telling the producer how much you enjoyed the episode.

Comments: tell the producer your opinion on the episode or suggest topics or ask questions or  ?