Energize Your Retirement: Stories of Passionate Pursuits

Energize Your Retirement: Stories of Passionate Pursuits

by Christine Sparacino



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Energize Your Retirement: Stories of Passionate Pursuits by Christine Sparacino

Wondering what to do with all that free time? Add this book to your retirement bucket list and find out!

2014 North American Book Award Winner for General Non-Fiction.
Benjamin Franklin Digital Book Award from the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA).

"This book is chock full of ideas of ways to be active and involved after a retirement." (IBPA judge)

Energize Your Retirement: Stories of Passionate Pursuits presents retirees (ages 59 through 84) across the United States who found their passion in fun, meaningful, and stimulating activities. Enjoy entertaining personal stories, fascinating facts, and multiple resources to help you begin your new chapter in life.

Meet Harriet, the mushroom hunter from Oregon; Kevin, the woodturner from Massachusetts; Voni and her husband, Paul who leave their home in Texas and ride their motorcycles for four months of the year. Learn from Bill, the magician; Nancy, the target shooter; Patrick, the triathlete, and many other energized retirees involved in fascinating activities. They tell their stories in their own words, radiating an enthusiasm for their pursuits that will encourage others to find satisfaction in their retirement years. They talk about how got started, how much time they devote to this activity; and most important, what satisfaction it brings. Each interview includes a budget estimate of expenses to get started.

Most retirement books concentrate on financial advice; how to save and how to manage those savings. Yes, financial preparation is critical, but equally important is deciding what to do with your time. Energize Your Retirement is the positive face of retirement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780990566922
Publisher: Via Verde Press
Publication date: 10/02/2014
Pages: 402
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.82(d)

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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Energize Your Retirement: Stories of Passionate Pursuits is a non-fiction book written by Christine Sparacino. The author conducted a series of interviews with retirees and seniors who have hobbies, interests or pastimes that make their lives meaningful. Each interview covers that person’s interest, how they got involved in it, and the approximate cost for a beginner. Sparacino interviewed people who were involved in outdoor activities: star-watching, bird-watching, hiking, beekeeping and mushroom gathering; volunteer services: serving as an ombudsman, mentoring children, working with the National Park Service, and helping seniors craft the best Medicare coverage; motoring: traveling the country on motorcycles or in an RV; and arts and crafts: sculpting, writing, craft-beer brewing; still others spoke of dancing, doing triathlons, playing softball, raising service dogs and skeet-shooting. Each chapter also includes resources for interested readers including associations, clubs, and literature. There’s something for everyone in Energize Your Retirement: Stories of Passionate Pursuits. Author Christine Sparacino’s guide to an exciting retirement is actually an introduction to fun and often profitable dream-jobs and hobbies -- you know, the kind of fun thing where you’re warned not to quit your day job. Well, if you can, or already have, quit that day job, you’re ready for this book. While some of the pursuits were not my cup of tea, there were a good number that had me giving serious consideration on how to add them into my life. The interviewees are all interesting and accomplished folk who've become experts on their passion and freely share their experiences, tips and encouragement. I love the outdoors and sports, and was pleasantly surprised to read that while I’ll probably never be able, or want, to do an Ironman Triathlon at my current level of conditioning, I could do a Sprint Triathlon with just a bit of prep. The sculpting chapter also answered a lot of questions I’ve had about that art form. I’d recommend this book not only to retirees and those approaching that time, but also to anyone who’s wanted more from life than working their job and going home to a meal and TV. Energize Your Retirement: Stories of Passionate Pursuits is chock-full of fabulous alternatives that are within most people’s reach, and it’s most highly recommended.