Does Retirement Fit Into Your Busy Schedule?

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Why do you work?

Stop and think about it. Other than the income you derive from the various tasks and responsibilities you perform on the job, are there any other reasons you get up every morning before the birds do, drive your car in rush-hour traffic, get into the office and go to several meetings throughout the day that have yet to change life as we know it, and sit at your desk going through all the things you need to go through that are a part of what's been called, work?

You've been doing this for a long time. You've been putting up with office politics, with a lot of grief from your supervisors, peers and direct reports, and then coming home a bit less energized than when you left twelve hours earlier, only to face other issues on the home front. Other than the money, what has been motivating you all these years?

Hopefully, you have been able to derive a measure of satisfaction from doing those things that have tapped your creativity and utilized a good percentage of your talents, capabilities and unique gifts.
Hopefully, you have followed your passion over the years and associated yourself with the types of jobs and careers for which you have felt a lot of enthusiasm, and from which you have been able to experience tremendous fulfillment.

If you are reaching retirement age, it may be time for you to look at a retirement calculator, assess your finances, and review all the things that have produced your fulfillment. If you are financially positioned to retire, should you? It seems like a silly question, but there's more to it than meets the eye. I don't recommend retirement to anyone.

Retirement implies you are no longer working. You've given up the treadmill described above for a villa somewhere off the coast of Spain. Sounds great, doesn't it?! Then why would I not recommend retirement? The reason is simple: People need to do creative things. They need to be involved and express their talents and capabilities to the fullest. It's not only a way of feeling useful or deriving an income; it's more importantly a requirement for sanity and longevity. Numerous studies corroborate this.

Does this mean you shouldn't retire? Do you have to remain on the treadmill until you die? Not exactly. You can get out of the "rat race" without retiring. Applying a new dimension to the word, retire, it no longer implies that you stop working; rather, you are no longer working for someone else. You can still have that villa, only now you can also be engaged in creating and expressing your talents. For many retirees, it means establishing and marketing their hobbies. For many others, it's about starting their own consulting business.

The important thing to consider as you approach retirement age is that over the years you have brought a lot to the table and have given of yourself in many, many ways. You can now take those same talents and begin to look at ways you can continue to apply them in a self-employed capacity. The rewards will be great. You'll be off the treadmill, you'll stay sane, you'll live longer, and that villa off the coast of Spain just got a new owner, you.

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Laelah 15.02.2010. 03:03

I am a 18 year old senior with a BUSY schedule. What are some jobs that offer flexible hours? I live in Flint, MI
I live in Flint, MI.

And "handyman" I am a 4.0 student taking high school and college classes. Thanks.

I am considering kohls and jcpenney.


Admin 15.02.2010. 03:03

You could offer your services for tutoring Comprehensive Reading to the grade school.

Why not start your first lesson with comprehending the meaning of "Senior Citizens"?

I will help you with this first lesson by supplying you with the meaning of "Senior Citizens":
A person of relatively advanced age, especially a person at or over the age of retirement.

Now explain to us here now how you fit into this definition as readily as you are so intelligently and well schooled into believing that you are...ever so comprehensively.



affliction 25.04.2009. 05:21

How do I quit my job in foodservice? Do I have reasonable grounds to? Gather round, I have a story to tell. It might be an entertaining one for some of you.

Ok, here is my situation. I work at this retirement community, I am a server for the elderly residents. It is something like a high class restaurant where they come in and order and I take their orders.

Well, I've been working part time at this place since early October. I'm deciding to quit on Monday. This place has frustrated me to no end. I have had conflicts with management and their scheduling, my fellow co-workers, even the residents themselves. I want to quit and leave that behind. I get a negative vibe from this place. From the people that work there too. Some of them dislike me for no reason.

Here's my story, if you've got a minute to read.

I used to work every Monday, Wednesday and few weekends every month. Going to work after school was exhausting and mentally draining. The vast majority of my coworkers are high school and freshman and sophomore college kids. I worked on snow days when I was supposed to be home, weekends when I was supposed to be studying or out with friends.

No more, no longer.

My manager came into this place a year ago. Some people say the place was better off without her. She was not qualified to enter the job. She was a HAIRDRESSER before she became a manager of an entire dining room. That statement is an important precedent for the rest of this story. Keep that in mind as you read this.

Back in January, I had one conflict with the management. There was a Sunday I was supposed to work, but the schedule for a two-week period cut off on a Saturday. I assumed that since I didn't work a Saturday, I wouldn't work Sunday, because my schedule was irregular. I came in the Monday after the Sunday(my scheduled shift) and then I saw I was not supposed to work that day. I was marked as a No Call, No Show for Sunday. I brought it up with one of the high bosses and we sat down and talked for 10 minutes, saying it was my responsibility to call, he was surprised I didn't have fluctuating schedules, and the schedule was a bit weird after the holiday season where a lot of college kids go back to college. Whatever.

I went into my employer's office and told her in March I would only be able to work every other Sunday until Lacrosse season is finished.

The Thursday before Easter, I tell her I wouldn't be able to work 11 in the morning on Easter Sunday and ask her if she can move it to the 4:45 shift. She says "there is only one breakfast" and I'm like "I won't be able to work then". she said "ok, call to see if anyone will cover for you". I call 36 people, I got some "**** you Dave"s and "no, I'm busy" and "no I'm working". I later call my supervisor to tell her that I couldn't find anyone to cover for me. I call her 3 times and she doesn't answer. I leave 3 messages. I call on Saturday, leave 2 messages. She doesn't call back. I then assume I was supposed to come in. I then have to leave in the middle of Easter Sunday church to go for my 11 o clock shift.

I change in my car, run up to the dining area kitchen into the dining room and one guy goes "Hey, Dave! Sup! I didn't know you work here anymore!" "I say, well, I work every other Sunday, because I have Lax"!

I'm 25 minutes late while they are still setting up. I check in with my boss and she says "Oh, Dave! We weren't expecting you to be here! I didn't assign you a section, so I'll just put you down as food runner." I'm disappointed, flustered, and livid at this point. We end at 3 and I go home and tell my mom what happened and she flipped. She then called the Human Resources director and says my boss has a lack of communication. She even left messages on my boss's phone, it's been one week and she hasn't returned the call.

I go to pick up my schedule for this 2 week period on Thursday. All the other dates have an X where I'm not supposed to work. Then, this upcoming Sunday when I'm supposed to work, I see a BLANK. No allocated time of 11 or 4:45. I thought I was seeing stuff, but there's no time. I call my boss 3 today times asking her what happened and to call me back, guess what? No response. If she wanted to say I'm fired, why doesn't she just call me?

I call the head boss and HE calls me back saying "Hey Dave, I got your message. It's 7:30 on a Friday evening, so I'm about to head out. I'm not sure about what the deal with the scheduling is because I don't do that, but I see you're only on for like one day of the two weeks. I'm wondering if you are contributing the quantity and quality of work for here. I'll be more than happy to meet you on MONDAY about it."

Quality? I worked my *** off more than some people there.... I got treated like ****, just because my tenure of office wasn't as long as some others. I'm quitting. It's the last straw. There was such bad communication between the employer and employees it's ridiculous. They treat you like shit, like you're just another person. They don't recognize individ
They don't recognize individualism.

I'm just so glad I'm leaving. For me leaving there's 5 suckers waiting to take my place and get shitted on.

I'm putting in my resignation letter on monday when Food Director and I have our little "chat". How should I go about it? - I know not to burn any bridges.

Should I return the clothes they gave me? The shirt, the apron, the pants?

Is it reasonable for me to quit, even though I've been working there for 7 months?


Admin 25.04.2009. 05:21

They will most likely ask for your work clothes back. You don't need reasonable grounds to quit. I would avoid making any hero statements about how you were treated like crap, (not saying that you were or weren't). Just say that you can no longer work because you are having trouble fitting it into your schedule with school and LAX. 2 weeks notice is a standard amount of time you should give them. Just be professional and state your reason, you may want them as a reference so there's no reason to burn bridges.


The Hated Step Mom 17.07.2012. 00:53

Why does he act like this? My hubby has 3 kids from a previous marriage. He has been divorced from their mom for about 11 yrs, we've been together for about 6. The two older kids who are 20 are busy with friends, school and work. They rarely come around. The youngest is 17 and we still get him every weekend.

When the 17 yr isn't here on the weekends which is rare my hubby gets very depressed. A few nights ago we went with friends on a dinner cruise. The boy was away at camp, my hubby didn't talk, claimed he was sick and as soon as we walked in the door he called his son. A couple of weeks ago I took the day off so we could spend so time together since he has been working alot of overtime, he slept all day, didn't want to do anything. Watched the clock, ate and slept. Then went to bed early. Any days off and if the boy doesn't have school, he goes and gets him. The weekends revolve around this boy. Every place we go it has to involve fishing, hunting or something that will entertain this boy.

My hubby and I have very limited time together because of our work schedules when we do get a day or weekend together my hubby is so down, worries constantly about his son, calls him all the time and wont relax and enjoy his time with me or as a couple. When he talks to his friends on the phone he tells them once all this over time is over he wants to take his little buddy hunting or fishing and spend time with him. He never mentions me or making time for me. We spend aboutan hour each night together.

He says its because he is the baby. I told him he isn't doing the boy any favors and is only hurting him in the long way.

Now the boy wants to get a job and my hubby told him to write on the applications that he cant work weekends because it will cut into their time and write that he could only work from 3-9 so they could still spend time together.

My hubby didn't treat the older boy like this, he was very mature at the age of 15. This young man has little to no friends, acts lvery inmature for his age and shows no interest in girls. I am worried about both of them. Not to mention they still cuddle together on the couch and play little hand games...1-2-3 I declare a thumb 17
and 49 thats just weird.

Why is he acting like this?

The Hated Step Mom

Admin 17.07.2012. 00:53

you knew this before you got in, it is a whole package deal.

After son leaves seek couples counseling to increase the good and mends some good.

Arguing is normal but is it good, no, so make sure it is 7 years no arguments. After 7 solid years of perfect marriage then a child if desired.

If things are minor I usually just wouldn't even give it a second thought. If it is major I just fix it the best way and that's it. Maybe this will be a good method for you guys. Always reinforce it with Love

Also I see premarital counseling working.Church usually has it for free. You can even attend after marriage.

i hope you can be stay at home wife ([no school]events with guys around unless your husband is there 100%) that takes care of all the woman things and he is taking care of all the man things like lifting, fixing working outside and handling all those jerks, and if you do work outside you know what I mean. I hope you can be a home wife so the marriage can be a loving one with peace. He wants a feminine wife not a worker guy. If you make double what he makes he should stay home.
*Talking is good. Find a private place to talk with time to talk. Never teach, just inform if necessary and in a meek manner. Handle the kids and teach them with few words and listen well, pay attention to details. If some parts kids can't be handled then inform the husband.
*Be a good wife and make sure all the cooking and cleaning is done. Stay Fit, Smell Good, Dress well. Make sure to make love when ever either of you want.
*Be meek. Quick to listen, slow to speak. Only tell him things when needed. Never teach him. If you do tell him something make sure it is kindly. Handle the kids, and if you notice you can't for sure then inform him in a kindly way.
*Hugs and kisses are always good any time, instead in front of the guys otherwise the guys might want some too. Make sure to let him know to keep the making love part private.
*Remember your NEVER a push over, you LOVE so you give BUT if your ever taken advantage fix it asap with a calm talk in a private place with time to talk while hugging and ending it with a kiss and maybe love.
*Make sure your spouse can handle things, like if he is not good with money maybe he should handle it. I mean like saving for a 6 month rainy day and then increase that as much as you can as time goes on. Buy a house cash small to start and then bigger when you decide and ready to have a child so the child can stay in one community for their whole school life and a place to come home always during Holidays and for you to plant your plants and watch them grow and to grow old in, make sure to pay cash or go smaller if needed or just wait on the child/bigger home, peace is most important. Retirement, Vacations.

Also I see counseling working.

On another note: Try your best. Love like you never love before. This is the best way for love to come and start surrounding your life. May love be around you, through you and is you.

Love and the Good Life will come
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Tar 09.11.2011. 18:39

Want to ask to work Part-time? I am currently working at a very small company. It has been nearly 3 years and I have received no promotion, no raise, no incentive. I have been paid hourly and I do not receive benefits, and paid sick days. At Christmas we receive a very small bonus with taxes taken out.
Besides all this. I am the only employee that holds the graphic design position and with that comes many hats. I work hard and produce great designs to which my boss picks apart constantly with a fine-toothed comb. I do not have a manager. Just my boss who likes to pull up a chair and literally watch me as I work (they like to call it super-micromanaging). My boss will not let me finish projects unless he comes into work and works with me one-on-one. I am not a junior designer. I am perfectly capable of handling and executing projects but he will never let me do it. The issue with him coming in and working with me is that he will always come into work late in the afternoon and expect me to stay late. This entails him working with me alone and I am not comfortable with that as a female.

Besides my back story to my current job I want to make it clear that I am thankful to have a job but I know that it is a dead end job. I do not get challenged enough. I challenge myself by taking web design courses, reading online tutorials, and doing a bit of freelance.

I would like to work part-time (or freelance) because I know my current job's work has slowed down and of course because I am unhappy there. Although my boss and my position keeps me busy with constant busy and design work I know I can excel elsewhere. My father, who owns a furniture business nearby could use my help. I would rather take a small pay cut by working less at my current job and do something that could turn into something bigger down the line. My father is getting older and is reaching retirement and I know he wants to pass the family business along. The only way I can do this is to come and work for him part-time to learn the business in hopes of keeping my current job as part-time.

Please, does anyone have any recommendations in requesting to work part-time? Does this sound feasible?
I wanted to add I would love to work for my dad but he has asked me if I can see if I can still work part-time for my current boss. This way, as he states, I can see if I like working for him and if it is something I seriously want to do. I would like to start with working for him on Fridays (I saw this because I know I will get out of work on time). Then maybe two and then who knows...
I also wanted to add that my boss is a bit of strange bird. He takes things internally all the time so I am dying to have him actually come into work so I talk with him face to face. He hasn't been in the office at all. I called him on his phone and left him a message (as he is at home) and I just know he is going to come in late or not at all. Ahhh the fun of small business work.


Admin 09.11.2011. 18:39

I seriously believe, after carefully reading the profile of your boss who micro manages and has no regard to your schedule by showing up late in the day, that he would not agree to you working part time. If quitting this job means you will not be able to maintain your apartment or pay your bills then consider getting a part time job which allows you the flexibility to work for your father part time and learn the business. There are many part time jobs search- career builders,, etc. or check on craigslist for part time jobs in your area.

This sounds like a great opportunity unless you are totally not interested in the business service/products he sells or do not get along with your dad. Good Luck.

Addl Comments: Based on your additional comments sounds like you want to give it a try working for your dad one day a week to determine if this is a fit for you and believe your boss will agree to this arrangement. Most importantly you want to retain your current job until you made a decision; therefore, pursue this request with your boss but do not go into detail about considering a full time position just stated your dad needs temporary assistance. That is if your mention your dad at all.,I am sure your graphic design work, in addition to other skills, will improve business for your dad and generate additional revenue. I still strongly feel, pursuing other part time positions, based upon your previous comments i.e. hate my job, not comfortable being alone with him, dead end job, boss micro manages and you are required to stay late because of his late arrival. Good Luck


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