13th Aug - Issue #006

The Retiree Newsletter

Hey everybody , welcome to this week's edition. 

After several conversations with our peers this week, its becoming more and more evident that everybody realises that retirement is a phase of life like any other that we need to grow into and find our feet. 

Therefore it becomes more and more crucial that we have our ducks in a row and that we are armed with the necessary knowledge to make the best of this golden time. 

So without further ado - let's get into it!

Happy Retirement

Preparing for end of life is one of the many gifts we can give our children to make our passing easier. Having been the executor of both my parents’ estate, I know just how problematic it can become if the necessary steps are not put into place and updated regularly. Read more about how you can choose an executor for your estate, especially if you have no other family or children. Read More …

Whether you are just moving into retirement or even been there for a while, this is a big life adjustment that many people are struggling with. Yes, retirement does leave one with a lot of extra time on our hands and that alone can become a major challenge, but there are other things that also need attention and work. Read more …

Although sleep should be a non-issue in our lives and done with ease – many people struggle with it daily. Good sleep is crucial to our well-being and continued good health, so its best to make sure you get the optimum amount of sleep to allow your body to rest and recover. As we age, it becomes even more important but age-related problems can impact this in a major way. Here are some ideas how to make sure you get the best sleep possible. Read more …

Retirement Things to do

Many people don’t believe themselves capable of creativity, but that’s actually not true. There are ways and means of unlocking your creativity and the trick is not to get caught in what the norm says about being creative. Some people have taken the simplest things and done extremely creative things with them. Read more about how you can unlock your creativity, today.

Soap Carving

Soap carving is a fun and creative hobby you can take up in retirement. The process of making soap carvings is simple: you melt down bars of soap and then use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. When the shapes are dry, you can paint them or glue them on other materials like buttons or beads.

With an unusual hobby like this, you’ll be able to create a variety of shapes and designs, from animals and people to flowers and abstract art pieces. Soap carving is a great way to pass the time during retirement because it’s low-maintenance—you don’t need any special equipment or tools to get started! You can also make soaps for your friends as gifts! Read more …

Retired Life

If we are all very truthful to ourselves, we have all procrastinated a few times in our lives. For others, it’s a way of life and one that sometimes brings great regret and disappointment into their lives. But did you know that you get different types of procrastinators? Read more here …

Tech Tips

To get quick summaries of articles online, get and use the Chrome extension TLDR. The plugin shows you the gist of the article so you can figure out if you want to read the whole thing.

And talking about articles online – there is a very handy phone and desktop app(free) called “Pocket” where you can save articles for further reading later. It can become your own personal library of articles without worrying that you may miss something.

Remember When and Trivia

The 1939 novel Gadsby is the longest book ever published that doesn't contain the letter 'e.'

Back in 1939, American author Ernest Vincent Wright published Gadsby, a 50,000-word novel that doesn't use the letter 'e' once. What's more, it's not the only novel that ditched the letter. Author Georges Perec also wrote the French-language book La Disparition without the letter 'e' in 1969. That's even more astounding when you consider that 'e' is the most commonly used letter in the English (and French!) language.


Editor's Corner

Something that is near and dear to my heart, is for everyone to start looking after our planet and trying as far as possible to contribute less to the amount of waste that we produce.

In this regard I try as far as possible to repurpose, recycle and reuse things, even going so far as to rather check the junk shops and salvage yards if I need something for my house or garden. I check what I can possibly upcycle and reuse without buying something new.

Here is a great article to get your creative ideas flowing.

Pinterest is another great platform where you can find many great ideas – just a warning though – it can become very addictive!

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