Retirement is like getting a participation trophy in the game of life. Sure, money and planning are important, but so is making your golden years shine. It’s your time to do what you love, whether that’s painting, gardening, or watching Netflix on repeat.

Personally, I’m not much of a cook. I leave that to my partner, who is a master in the kitchen. But I make up for it by being the designated dishwasher and table-setter. It’s all about teamwork!

I’m a bookworm at heart, with a soft spot for sci-fi, fantasy, and mysteries. Every few weeks, I head to the library and scour the shelves for my next adventure. It’s like going on a mini treasure hunt, and I always come away with a stack of books to keep me entertained for weeks.

Writing is another passion of mine, although I don’t always go for the toughest challenges. Sometimes, a good old-fashioned journal entry is all I need to clear my head.

Volunteering is also a big part of my Retirement routine. I’m involved in several organizations that help seniors, and it feels great to give back to the community. Of course, there are days when it can be overwhelming, but it’s all worth it in the end.

And let’s not forget about golf! I play with my buddies once a week, although we’re not Masters champions. We don’t keep score, which takes the pressure off and lets us enjoy the game without worrying about our handicaps.

Mental health is best served by a gradual approach, one day at a time. If the mood strikes, I’ll go for a walk or do some light exercise. But most of all, I try to focus on the things that bring me joy and make me feel fulfilled. Life’s too short to do anything else! What little things do you do to keep your mental health?

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I served as a teacher, a teacher on Call, a Department Head, a District Curriculum, Specialist, a Program Coordinator, and a Provincial Curriculum Coordinator over a forty year career. In addition, I was the Department Head for Curriculum and Instruction, as well as a professor both online and in person at the University of Phoenix (Canada) from 2000-2010.

I also worked with Special Needs students. I gave workshops on curriculum development and staff training before I fully retired

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