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You’re Retired — Now What? Discovering Life After Your Career: Part 1

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that we could all use a break from the office. Lucky for you, you’re approaching the ultimate break — retirement. No more meetings, long commutes, or evening events to keep you from your family.

So, what do you do in retirement?

Maybe you’ve been putting away your assets into your retirement plan and you haven’t given as much thought into what you can do with all this free time. Here are just a few ideas to get you started on planning your life after your career!

Start a New Creative Endeavor

Maybe you had inspiration in your working years for a creative project — start painting, write a novel, make music — but the 9 to 5 grind left you exhausted and with very little time. In retirement, your schedule just opened up an extra 40 hours a week at minimum. Now is your time to start creating some of your greatest works! Set aside some time each day to chip away at that project that makes you feel alive.


You’re no longer bound by PTO policies or trying to work time off around important deadlines. It’s time to get out there! Sure, there are still travel restrictions in place, but there are plenty of places you can travel to while remaining safe. Check out your state parks, campgrounds, or even consider renting a lake house.

You’re still able to get out and enjoy the change in scenery. Make the most of this time, get innovative, and have yourself an adventure!

Learn Something New

Chances are, in your career you did much more than the original job description you applied for. Over time, you gained new skills, and might have even discovered a passion you didn’t know was there! In retirement, you can still continue expanding your skill set. While things might be iffy as far as taking in-person courses go, there are plenty of opportunities for you to learn from the comfort and safety of your own home!

If you’re looking to gain more insight on the financial world, consider taking an online course with American Retirement Institute! Our financial educators are experienced industry professionals with insight into the latest in the world of finance and retirement. Take your first step in expanding your retirement knowledge today!