Wondering what Retirement Divas is? Great question. I'm glad you asked.
Retirement Divas is a virtual community of women from all walks of life who're ready to re-imagine and re-invent their vision of retirement living. It's a place of support, encouragement, and creative solutions to challenges faced by women who're facing the prospect of retiring alone (or without significant levels of support from their significant other).
Perhaps you made a conscious choice long ago to remain single. Perhaps you were married, raised children, and now find yourself a divorced empty-nester. Perhaps you're married or in a committed relationship and realize that collectively you're not where you thought you'd be by now.
Or perhaps you're like me, a woman who until recently refused to give up on her secret Retirement Plan A, a financially well-off husband/life partner/business partner/best friend. Do you have any idea how tough it is to admit that on the Internet? Embarrassing, but true, and I'm guessing I'm not the only one.
Add to that the fact that I don't have anywhere near the millions of dollars that financial advisors and traditional retirement planners tell me I need to have in order to retire. Don't get me started on that yet.
Being brutally honest with myself about those two facts made it obvious that I needed to come up with a better plan. And fast. I could remain stuck in a morass of depression, anger, fear, regret, guilt, and shame. Or, I could figure out a way to get out of this mess.
That's how the idea for Retirement Divas was born.
Armed with innovative solutions, goal-based strategies, and support from a community of women on the same journey, Retirement Divas promises to educate, inspire, encourage, and empower you to create an awesome retirement life starting right where you are.
Aging is inevitable, regardless of how much money you do or don't have saved up for it, so you might as well get bold and creative and make the most of every resource available to you.
You need to know, deep down in your heart, that you're not alone. There are countless women traveling a similar path. We may have each arrived here from different places, some of us may be further along the path than others, but the beauty and the power of Retirement Divas will be the synergy we create to share our challenges, our joys, our accomplishments, our dreams, our creative ideas, our lessons learned, and our commitment to ourselves and each other.
While this blog is the brains of Retirement Divas, it's my vision that over time a vibrant community of women sharing this journey, both before and during their retirement lives, will be the heart of Retirement Divas.
I like to call the Retirement Divas lifestyle "champagne living on a bottled water budget" and I'm having a blast finding new ways to do just that.
We can create amazing lives for ourselves. And we will.
It's going to be an amazing journey. I hope you'll join me.
Living our best lives,