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Stachey

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Book Recommendation for FIREd people
« on: December 12, 2017, 11:29:35 AM »
"It's Never Too Late to Begin Again"
by Julia Cameron

This is a book that was written specifically for retired people to help them think of ways to improve their "second act". 

If you are worried about being bored in retirement or if you are having difficulty finding a new way of fitting into the world (when your world previously revolved around work) then this is a good book to try out.

I am only two chapters in and so far I am really liking it.  There are tasks you can do, for example she talks about decluttering as a way of clearing away all the old so you can be ready to try out new things in your life  (a concept that many FIREd people here have done and talked about)

The chapters are titled "Reigniting a Sense of Freedom", "Reigniting a Sense of Adventure", etc., etc.

Anyway just a suggestion for you to try out.
http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/journals/writing-myself-a-happy-ending-hopefully/

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Re: Book Recommendation for FIREd people
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2017, 02:39:02 PM »
Thanks for sharing as I am sure this will give people ideas. Most retirement books are usually written with the pre retiree in mind and not much is out there for the already FIRE’d.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost

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Re: Book Recommendation for FIREd people
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2017, 03:25:02 PM »
I've been "working" this book since I retired almost 6 months ago!  The Memoir exercises don't appeal to me right now and I already take almost daily solo walks but OMG, the Morning Pages and the Art Dates have been so much fun and enlightening.  As a way to lightly structure your time and (re)discover interests, this is a perfect guide and companion to figuring out life post-fire, or any time.  So happy to hear others are enjoying it too!

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Re: Book Recommendation for FIREd people
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2017, 05:28:24 PM »
"How to be Idle"
"How to be Free"
Both by Tom Hodskinson.

They'll extol the virtues of idleness and the importance of freeing oneself from the shackles that the monetized world tries to tie us down with. Really funny reading so long as you don't take things too literally (for instance, he talks about the importance to just not engage with government - and then mentions in a sidebar that he's always having to go to court to address fines for not having auto insurance. So long as you know to see these issues as intertwined and clearly not as literal advice, it's hilarious).

https://idler.co.uk/shop/online-shop/cat/books/?page=2
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Re: Book Recommendation for FIREd people
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2017, 08:02:18 AM »
Julia Cameron's book "It's Never Too Late to Begin Again" just about saved my life--really got me sorted out and headed in my own good direction after leaving the workforce and my home state, caring for my husband until his death, and then caring for other family members until they moved away. For the first time ever I had my life back and could do whatever I wanted...it was a feeling of "OK, now I've arrived...but where am I?" I didn't have to go back into the workforce, and without family responsibilities at long last, I knew I could finally have the good, creative life I had never had time for before.  (Yay! Freedom!) But how to pull it together. I spent time on each chapter, did my Memoir and my Morning Pages--already was doing a lot of walking--couldn't seem to get out to do artist dates...but got so much good out of that book. Even now, a couple of years later, I find that Morning Pages really balances me, calms me down--kind of like a conversation with a supportive best friend--but the friend is myself, helping myself...if that makes any sense. The book makes you work and think--gives you a lot to do to figure yourself out--for me, it was just the right book at the right time.

"How to be Idle" was humorous, but not all that helpful in practical terms. I read it, had a chuckle or two, but that was about it.

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Re: Book Recommendation for FIREd people
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2017, 11:12:00 AM »
I know what you mean about the Morning Pages lizzzi ...  they are a great way to organize my thoughts for the day and work through issues that I'm dealing with.  It's good to capture it all and put it on paper and not have it rattling around in my head.

I would encourage you to try an Artist Date.  I went to an art gallery I've never been to before and saw some amazing art.  It was a lot of fun and something I wouldn't have done without the suggestion of this book.
http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/journals/writing-myself-a-happy-ending-hopefully/

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Re: Book Recommendation for FIREd people
« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2017, 12:56:25 PM »
It's interesting to see which parts of the book appeal to us and which parts don't.

 I did a few Art Dates before petering out and really appreciated the motivation to get out there.  I visited an art gallery, attended a (free!) noon time symphony concert, browsed the craft/art book section of a local book store, and walked around a neighbourhood where I grew up.  I'm looking forward to planning a few more Dates starting in January.   Given the time of year, I think I'll be looking for places with colour and light!

The Morning Pages are a constant pleasure and grounding for my day.  I skip a few days here and there but am always glad to get back to them.  Revelations often occur on the third page.  :)