About Us

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In researching retirement planning we found that the vast majority of retirement information that is published is about financial planning. Whilst financial planning is an important subject, it can be a bit boring, and there’s lots more to having a satisfying and rewarding retirement. So, this retirement planning blog was born.

We – Rowan Rafferty and Jan Wild – are Australian baby boomers, who wanted to explore new horizons whilst re-wiring towards a fulfilling retirement.

What you can expect from this blog

We wanted to provide you with useful retirement information and to create a community which will enthuse you. We hope you will have some fun, explore possibilities, expand horizons, wonder “what if”, and share your experiences and ideas within our community. At the same time, we wanted to share some of our thoughts and talk about things that we and our friends have found important to consider and discuss.

There’s a lots more than money to think about in preparing for retirement. Location, relationships, physical health, time management, mental health, a sense of meaning are all considered in the information on this blog. You might be wondering what to do in retirement? This blog is designed to help answer that question for you.

Retiring not Shy! is designed to share experiences, not just ours. We want to hear about your experiences as well. We invite you to comment on the blog posts and to join us on social media.

When should you start your retirement planning?

Some of our friends have started their planning in their 40s, others not until well into their 60s. The choice is yours but we would suggest that the sooner you start the better. Your plan will evolve over time, as you near retirement and as you move into and through your retirement. Unanticipated influences may affect your plan along the way; for example, health and family issues. We have found that being semi-retired has been quite different to what we imagined, and that in itself has resulted in changes to our plans….

Retirement is a time of great expectation for our generation, unlike many of our parents’ generation. No longer does the male of the species typically leave work and then drop dead.  Many women have had careers that have been satisfying and stimulating. Both genders now seek a retirement lifestyle that is fulfilling. With our longevity increasing, your retirement is likely to be a longer period of life; all the more important that you should plan carefully for it. Our aim is to help you with that planning.

You don’t have to be planning to fully retire either (we both consider ourselves semi-retired or re-wired) but you do need to think about how you want your life to be in ‘retirement’, whatever that means to you.

How to use this blog

Retiring not Shy! is a series of posts which we hope will encourage you to explore options and be inspired, as you create your retirement plan. You can navigate the various retirement planning topics by using the Categories and/or the Search box. And of course you can follow the highlighted links between the pages to continue reading about a topic of interest.

Read more here about our attitude to retirement lifestyle planning.

Please read our Disclosure Policy. We aim to share what we have learned but not to give advice.