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Ready for Retirement?

When I saw the page pattern for this month I started thinking about all the things I could list: wishes, accomplishments, goals, things I like or don't like. I decided to write about goals and decided since retirement is on my mind a lot lately, that I would write about my goals for retirement.

I don't really have any pictures suited to this subject, so I decided to make a collage using pictures of books about retirement.  Did you know there's actually a book titled, "Not Dead Yet!"?  Kind of makes you want to pick that one up just to see what it says!

We were also to choose for our layout, patterned paper, brads, buttons, or a Mosaic Moments free download.  I decided to use brads as bullet points for my goals.

I finished up with the quote to remind myself that although the final goal is daunting, I'm making progress as long as I take one step at a time.

Here is what the journaling says:
 There is so much to be done to get ready for retirement and we are SO not there!  I did not start saving when I should have and the stock market has been so up and down, that my 401K is not where it should be. My company just announced that they are dropping the subsidy on health insurance for retirees, so now I’m going to need more money than before. We’ve accumulated so much stuff over the years – we need to have a giant yard sale! We want to move down South to be nearer the kids and grandkids, but there are a lot of things we need to do to get there – like get enough money to move and selling our current home. It’s really overwhelming at times. I just have to remember to take it one step at a time. One step closer is better than letting the enormity of the job stall me!


Shared by Nancy Sanders on June 25, 2012 | Memory Date: June 25, 2012
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I somehow missed this one when you submitted it. It looks great, and I love what you shared in your journaling. I had the same doubts when I retired two years ago, but it has all worked out so far, and I LOVE IT! Now last week, my husband retired, so we have some more interesting bridges to cross. After 49 years of marriage, I hope there is no such thing as too much togetherness. We are very optimistic!
Posted By: Linda Holmes  |  January 11, 2013 at 1:55 pm   
This is great, both in subject matter and composition. This is definitely scrapliftable.
Posted By: Diane Cook  |  September 23, 2012 at 3:14 am   
I retired a few years ago. Wish I had done something like this. What a cool idea.
Posted By: Judy Payne  |  August 8, 2012 at 10:55 pm   
Nancy, awesome layout! I can really relate and empathasize - I am in the same boat as you. My list looks real similar to yours and working on them with baby steps. It's truely overwhelming at times. Best of luck and keep us posted.
Posted By: Julie Oconnor  |  August 1, 2012 at 2:53 pm   
Wow - I'm impressed that you at least HAVE a list for retirement. That's the first step for me any time I plan something . . . start a list. That was a great theme for this layout concept.
Posted By: Deborah White  |  June 27, 2012 at 8:26 pm   
I really like your big, bold title==it grabbed my attention right away. And your photo collage is wonderful. Good luck with your retirement planning!
Posted By: Sarah Lewis  |  June 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm   
Andrea, the letters are chipboard letters by Making Memories. They are called shimmer jigsaw swash pieces.
Posted By: Nancy Sanders  |  June 26, 2012 at 1:17 pm   
Great color scheme, great photo, great title and list, great job!
Posted By: Beth Glass  |  June 26, 2012 at 4:37 am   
I love how every section has a border, and several with layers of color. Great inspirational quote, how appropriate for for your subject matter!! The brads are very interesting, nice to see a flower in the brad repeated in the quote block! Although you've used a collage, the whole layout has a very neat and orderly look, great job! Question: the "retirement" that purchased letters or cut with a particular machine? love the "r's"
Posted By: Andrea Fisher  |  June 25, 2012 at 11:38 pm   
I love the "goal" theme of this page and I love the bright hopeful yellow against the gray. I also like the image of all the retirement planning books you used. Great inspiration Nancy!
Posted By: Tami Potter  |  June 25, 2012 at 8:59 pm   

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