Ensuring that Your Next Life Season is Your Best

Welcome to the Next Phase of Life website. We bring you the latest and best information and resources to help you navigate your next phase of life. For many, this will be retirement or pre-retirement. In fact, we Next Phase founders are in our 50’s and 60’s and facing exactly the same types of challenges (and opportunities) as millions – actually 10’s of millions – of our fellow citizens. We expect that you may be dealing with these same issues. If so, welcome to a very large and exciting club.   

Create an Ideal Retirement

You may be someone who has worked hard for many years and you now want to leverage that time and effort to create an ideal retirement. Or perhaps your dream is to launch into an entirely different career, start a new business venture, or spend your time in the type of volunteer activity that nourishes your soul and provides you with a motivational purpose. At Next Phase of Life, we want to help you to create an ideal retirement.

Where Are You Now?

Regardless of where you are now, or where you see your ideal future, our objective is to help you not only discover your purpose but give you plenty of actionable steps to help make that purpose a reality. To see that this happens in an efficient and pleasant manner, we’ll cover important next phase topics like work, volunteering, money, relationships, community, health, activities and hobbies. Our objective is to help you create an ideal retirement.

Our Goal

Bottom line: whatever phase you are in, our goal is to help you make your next phase of life the happiest and most productive time of your life.

Whether you are among the almost 60 million US residents who are between the ages of 55 and 70, or even younger or older, you will find valuable lessons and resources to help you navigate your next phase of life and create an ideal retirement. No better time to start than right now!

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5 Retirement Planning Mistakes

5 Retirement Planning Mistakes

Here are five retirement planning mistakes and how to deal with them, courtesy of ColoradoSpringsOver50.com.

1 – Be careful in putting all your investments (nest egg) in one basket

A planned well-diversified portfolio facilitates positive performance of some investments and can  balance out poor performance of others investments. The mix of investments in different asset classes (e.g., stocks, bonds, real estate) help keep your retirement goals on track even when one investment goes through and downsizing period. read more…

Are You Scared About Retirement? – Here are Five Ways to Get Unscared!

Are You Scared About Retirement? – Here are Five Ways to Get Unscared!

Yes, I know that “unscared” is not a real word – but it fits the purpose of this article – especially if you happen to be scared about retirement. Let’s face it, while retirement can be exciting, it can also be a bit daunting, with some unique challenges and pitfalls to avoid. Here are a few reasons why you might be legitimately scared about retirement, along with potential solutions. read more…

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Eight Ways to Boost Your Personal Value

Eight Ways to Boost Your Personal Value

One of the unfortunate aspects of facing retirement, or getting older for that matter, is the tendency to lose our sense of personal value. Our work doesn’t require our services, our friends may drift away, our adult children are mostly self-sufficient and perhaps we even feel as if our thoughts and presence are now unwanted. Perhaps we now depend on those who used to depend on us.

It’s not unusual to sense a loss of personal value in the retirement phase of life, but this does not have to be the case. read more…

Reconciling our retirement dates and dreams

Reconciling our retirement dates and dreams

Note: we are happy to bring you this article because it showcases the types of issues many couples face when planning their retirement dates. You can find many more articles from Brian Jones at https://brianjonesdiary.com/.

Reconciling our retirement dates and dreams

My wife dropped the bombshell last night that she was considering putting off her retirement to “somewhere between 60 and 65”. read more…

Everything You Need To Know About Retirement Home Equity

Everything You Need To Know About Retirement Home Equity

Home financing options and mortgage terminology can be confusing. Plus, people’s home financing needs change with age and vary in different stages of life. Understanding retirement home equity is an important key to finding financial success in retirement.

Equity is the portion of your home’s value minus the mortgage balance that you accrue over time. When you get a home loan, the bank owns the majority of the home and they charge interest to borrow that money. read more…

Stop Being Judgmental and Boost Your Happiness

Stop Being Judgmental and Boost Your Happiness

First, let me start with a confession. I wrote this article about how to stop being judgmental because I have this tendency in my own life. Does this ring a bell with you? Judgmentalism is a common human trait that sometimes grows as we get older. And no, I am not one of those who yell at the kids to “Get off my yard” out my front window. First of all, because we are not located where kids are likely to play in our front yard, and second, because I would probably go out and join them. read more…

Avoid Boredom In Retirement

Avoid Boredom In Retirement

Avoid Boredom In Retirement

“I don’t think I’ll ever retire.  I don’t know what I’d do all day.”

Have you ever had anyone say that to you?  I suspect you have, given how common this sentiment is among people of retirement age.  Many people love their work and worry that they’d be bored without the daily activity their job provides. Unfortunately, even if you love your work, there will likely come a day when you’ll retire, whether by choice or by circumstances outside your control. read more…

Choose Your Retirement Tribe Carefully – the Power of Community

Choose Your Retirement Tribe Carefully – the Power of Community

Of the many decisions people make going into retirement, the choice of one’s “retirement tribe” is often the most neglected. Lots of thought may be given to issues like finances (do we have enough?), health (will I have energy for the journey?), residence (where are we going to hang our hats?), and so forth.

So, what do I mean by “retirement tribe”? Simply the people that you will see or talk to on a regular basis for the purposes of support or recreation. read more…

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