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When Can I Retire? - 3 Tips to Help Fund Contentment in Retirement


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When can I retire? - Following Episode 5 of The Humans vs Retirement Podcast with Brian Portnoy I wanted to summarise 3 top tips for funding your contentment in retirement...


1. Connection is essential for contentment.


One of the most important aspects of creating a life well-lived is connection. Connection is essential for contentment, and it is something that many people overlook when planning for retirement. Connection is not just about having friends and family, but about being part of a larger community. It is about having meaningful relationships and being part of something larger than yourself.


Connection is essential for contentment because it allows us to feel a sense of belonging. We are wired to want to be part of something bigger than ourselves, and connection provides us with this sense of belonging. Connection also gives us a sense of purpose and meaning. When we are connected to something larger than ourselves, it gives us a sense of purpose and direction. It helps us to find our place in the world and to feel fulfilled in our lives.


Connection is also important because it allows us to share our experiences with others. We can learn from and be inspired by the stories of others, and we can also share our own stories in order to help others. Connection also allows us to form strong relationships with others and to build trust and understanding.


Finally, connection is essential for contentment because it allows us to be more open to new experiences. When we are connected to others, we can learn more about ourselves and the world around us. We can explore new ideas and perspectives, and we can be more open to trying new things.


Connection is essential for contentment, and it is something that should be taken into consideration when planning for retirement. By focusing on connection, we can ensure that our retirement years are filled with joy, fulfilment, and meaningful relationships.


2. Give yourself grace.


Money cannot buy us the one thing that will bring us true contentment: grace.


We are wired to strive for more, to push forward, and to seek out the things that will bring us happiness. We are wired to want more and more and to never be satisfied. This is a part of our evolutionary makeup, and it is something that we must accept. It is something that we must learn to embrace.


The best way to show ourselves grace is to recognise that it is okay to not always have it all figured out. It is okay to not have a perfect plan for success and happiness. It is okay to not understand everything and to make mistakes. Life is unpredictable and it is okay to be off one day or one week. We are all doing the best we can, and we should give ourselves permission to make mistakes and to not be perfect.


We must also recognise that we are not alone in our struggles. We are all on the same journey and we are all trying to find our way. We must be kind to ourselves and to others. We must show ourselves grace and recognise that we are all doing the best we can. We must be gentle with ourselves and recognise that we are all imperfect and that is okay.


3. Live your own story.


Living our own story is about being brave enough to take risks and make mistakes. It is about recognising that our lives are our own and that we have the power to create our own narrative. We can choose to be the protagonist in our own story and make decisions that are in line with our values and goals. We can choose to live with intention and purpose and make decisions that will bring us joy and satisfaction.


Living our own story also means being willing to explore the unknown and take risks. We must be willing to step out of our comfort zone and try new things. We must be willing to embrace change and be open to new experiences. We must be willing to take risks and make mistakes in order to grow and learn.


Living our own story also means being willing to prioritise our joy. We must be willing to make time for the things that bring us joy and fulfilment. We must be willing to take care of ourselves and prioritise our mental and physical health. We must be willing to make time for the people and activities that bring us joy and happiness.


We must be willing to trust our instincts and pursue joy in order to live a life of contentment and happiness.

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