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Competent, skilled, experienced, a woman about to retire is on the brink of a world of possibilities! But there's a transition that a smart woman allows herself, a time to reflect on what has been and what is to come in the future that has valuable meaning. There are stages to this transition that involve some letting go and some planning, a process better done with precious care rather than by the driven schedule and plans most women pack into their working years. Smart Women Don't Retire - They Break Free is the perfect book to accompany a retiring woman on that journey!
Filled with advice and narrative examples of women who've "been there," this book provides a long and wide plan to bridge that gap between work and retirement. First and foremost, it includes some practical advice on where one's financial condition fits into the overall scheme of things; in that sense this is a book that could be wisely considered by many woman not even that close to retirement, a chance to plan early and avoid unforeseen stress later. For those who haven't given it much thought, at whatever age, it gives some basic suggestions to preparing financially, which in turn allows one to decide whether one must continue to work part-time or can know the bills will be paid without having to work.
The "breaking free" portion of the book consists of analyzing what one has loved, hated or somewhere in-between felt about the work, people, attitudes, expertise, relationships, and so much more taken for granted during the working years of an average woman's life. It's a chance to shed off the slough and put on what works best, perhaps even adding some phases and aspects that one never had a chance to try. Will you work for yourself? for others? both? Remember - anything's possible now!
Several boxed lists of ideas and suggestions to get the mind and heart to ponder fill the pages of this useful, practical and even inspirational book that any woman will love to peruse and think about seriously and with humor. The opportunity to donate to and volunteer for charity work is given ample consideration herein, as well as the chance to deepen old friendships and create new special ones.
A comprehensive list of resources and bibliography give the reader scope for further investigation into any and all areas where one may wish to delve for continued exploration.
This is a wonderful book, simply put! It deserves a wide berth of readers who are looking forward to those years when one is truly as "free"and happy with retirement as one allows one's self to be! For those who find the idea rather frightening, this is a great place to start relishing one's golden years!
Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on June 16, 2008