Enjoy Your Retirement On Your Terms

Jenna is a freelance blogger who is mainly focused on business innovation and breaking stories in business. She has been blogging since college where she studied marketing and has merged her love of keying stories into copy writing work as well as plenty of reading and writing for fun! Find and follow her on Twitter!

Retirement isn’t all about Medicare and 401(k) plans. It’s about finally having time in your life to do the things you’ve always wanted to do. You have made it to a state in life where you’ve earned the right to simply enjoy life and all that it has to offer. You’ve raised a family, managed a career, and handled all the responsibilities that come with being an adult, but now it’s time to take care of you.

Have you begun to think about what you want to do now that you’re retired? Whether you have a sizable income at your disposal or you’re living on a fixed budget, there are plenty of things that you can explore and discover. Below are just a few that might pique your interests:

1. Catch Up On Your Favorite Shows

When you’re working crazy schedules and tending to the needs of your family, sometimes even the smallest pastimes have to be put on hold. If there are any shows or movies that you wanted to catch up on, now is the time to do it. Investing in an affordable television entertainment package such as the one described here, allows you to watch shows and movies whenever you’d like. With hundreds of channels to choose from, you’ll certainly be entertained on a daily basis.

2. Spend Time with Friends and Family

Retirement removes the time constraints that come with having a job. Now, you have plenty of time to spend with those you care about the most. You can have lunch dates with your kids, or even have the grandkids stay over at your house for the weekend. Take the time to catch up with old friends and just enjoy each other’s company.

Summit Cruise Ship3. Travel

You’ve finished paying for college tuition and all the other overhead costs that come with raising a family, now you can splurge on yourself a bit. Retirement is the perfect time in a person’s life to travel the world. Whether you take a weekend trip to a local attraction or you decide to go for a two-week long journey to some far off destination like Paris or Amsterdam, you have the time to do so.

4. Learn a New Hobby

When your day-to-day life revolves around caring for the needs of your family, it doesn’t leave much time to try new things. Now that you’re retired, you can occupy your time with a new hobby. Your hobby doesn’t have to be expensive to be enjoyable. Learn how to paint, take a pottery class, work on model cars, or even learn a new dance with your spouse.

5. Connect With New People

Your community is filled with nice people just waiting to connect with you. Get out in the neighborhood and start meeting new people. There are plenty of places to meet new people including local festivals, community events, or even flea markets.

6. Complete Unfinished Projects

If you own a home, there are likely plenty of home improvement projects you can complete. Whether it’s building a deck so you can enjoy the evenings in your backyard or repainting the walls in your bedroom now is a great time to put your skills to the test and enjoy the home you’ve worked so hard to keep.

7. Start a Business

Have you ever dreamed of being your own boss? If you’re looking for ways to earn some part-time income but you want to earn it your way, then starting your own business could be a great option. There are plenty of online businesses that don’t require much of an initial investment. Start a blog, become a writer, or even provide customer support from the comfort of your own home. What’s great about having your own business is that you call the shots and determine your own hours so that you can still enjoy retirement.

Hopefully these ideas have given you something to think about so that you can live out your retirement your way. Retirement is all about doing things you enjoy. You’ve worked hard to get where you are and so the very least you could do is enjoy the fruits of your labor. Start planning what you’re going to do with your spare time. Whether you spend time with friends and family, start a business, or pick up a new hobby, you’ll enjoy the fact that you can do what you want, when you want.

Blogger-in-Chief here at RetirementSavvy and author of Sin City Greed, Cream City Hustle and RENDEZVOUS WITH RETIREMENT: A Guide to Getting Fiscally Fit.


  1. I am gearing up to retire from the military and starting my own business. I am so excited for even though I know that I’m going to have to work my butt off, I’m doing something that I love….Also doesn’t hurt to retire from one organization at a young age.

    • Absolutely! I retired in 2005 from active duty, moved immediately into a second career and now I’m preparing myself – fiscally, physically, mentally and spiritually – for the next retirement.

  2. I definitely look forward to having more time . . . I’m not sure exactly what I’ll do with it, but I might just enjoy sleeping in and saying, “Hmmmm, what will I do today?” for the first bit. I think I’ll take up piano playing again and learn a language or two. Being retired and financially free is a very worthy goal – one I’m working to set up now.

  3. I think that a lot of people have unnecessary concerns about boredom in retirement. My mom (who was a homemaker) went through a bout of retirement boredom when my youngest brothers started high school. She pretty quickly jumped into volunteering and a catering business. My grandpa never really managed to retire as anytime he had a new business idea he would give it a try. The other day he called my dad from hospice care to discuss a business idea.

    • While I plan to retire from my current job at 60, I don’t intend to stop living. I have every intention of being involved and engaged with my life; whether that be with physical endeavors, traveling, volunteering, etc. After reading quite a bit on the subject of retirement and talking with a handful of retirees, it’s my belief that those who are bored in retirement failed to have a plan. Just because you aren’t working, you still have to have a reason to get up every morning; you absolutely still need a purpose. I imagine I’ll be like you grandpa, always mulling new ideas and looking for new challenges.

      Thanks for stopping by, Hannah and adding to the conversation.

  4. Hey Jenna/James: Enjoyed this post! Made me think of that one day when I can indulge in that second cup of coffee, The Price is Right, learning a new hobby, and more travel.

    Laura Beth

    • Indeed. Lounging around with a second cup of coffee sounds just about right for me. I have no doubt that staying busy and engaged in retirement will not be a problem for me. Thanks for stopping by and adding to the conversation.

  5. I think the biggest ones for me on this list are travel, time with family and friends, and learning a new hobby.

    I haven’t had more than a week off at a time since I was a sophomore in college so I haven’t been able to take any long extended trips anywhere but I would love to at some point. Plus, just having more time available always makes spending time with people and learning new things easier.

    • Those are also our top three. On our list of top destinations are Africa, China and New Zealand. In addition to learning a foreign language, I want to learn the guitar and take some culinary classes.

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