Retirement. To some, it signifies an end. But on March 1, it marks a new start. Refired, Not Retired Day serves to encourage retirees to seize the opportunity to reinvent themselves. Today is your chance to celebrate life anew and do the things you’ve always wanted to.
History of Refired Not Retired Day
Phyllis May is the founder of Refired, Not Retired Day. An educator for 34 years, Phyllis retired at the age of 55 without a plan. With her husband having left and her daughter in college, Phyllis awoke one morning to the realization that she didn’t have to stay where she was. So, on March 1, 1998, she packed up and relocated to Key Point, Florida. Starting fresh in Florida, Phyllis has worked as a concierge and temp, worked at a bed-and-breakfast, written a book (Keys to Paradise…a fun guide to Key West), and hosted a tv show for a year. She’s hosted seminars throughout the Eastern United States and Puerto Rico. Chase’s Calendar of Events, a reference calendar directory, officially recognizes Refire, Not Retire Day among its more than 120,000 listings.
How to REFIRE Your Retirement
Contemplate what retirement means to you and how you want to spend it
Once you’ve made your plans, follow them. You don’t have to feel guilty about doing things your way.
Start new hobbies. Venture out and try different things.
You can take a big vacation, but large expenses aren’t necessary to (re)fire yourself up! Living within your means is a-okay. It’s about enjoying what you have that counts.
Minimize your regrets and make the most of your newfound freedom.
Refire, Not Retire Day is a celebration of the renewed dream. It’s your chance to seize the reins of life and steer yourself toward a virgin horizon. Rather than close the cover, turn over a new chapter in the storybook of life and live it up!