While we may dream of retirement as a time of relaxation and leisure, going on vacation for decades is not healthy for our minds or bodies. We seek meaning and purpose during each phase of our lives and not having a reason to get moving in the morning can lead to boredom, anxiousness, and disinterestedness. If retirement is in your near future or you are already retired, you might be contemplating how to spend this chapter of your life. Explore Your Future is a workshop designed to help you envision the next phase of your life by examining community involvement, lifelong learning, encore careers and other opportunities.
Explore Your Future will be held at the Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike in Burlington, on Wednesday evenings in January at 6:30 p.m. Through this FREE, interactive, four-part workshop, start the process of planning what you want to do during retirement. Facilitated by peers with a background in services for retired adults, discuss, reflect and self-assess where you have been, where you are presently and where you want to go. Create a concrete action plan and develop a community of peers who will support and challenge each other to attain their goals. Please register for this free workshop.
Session One: What Has Influenced Me?
Reflect on what has meant most to you in your lives and what has brought you the greatest fulfillment while exploring the people and events that have influenced you and your life’s themes, patterns and strengths.
Session Two: Who Am I Now?
Through self-discovery and assessment, identify where you are in your life and what talents you have. Explore your values and motivators, passions and interests, strengths and aspirations.
Session Three: How Can I Realize My Dreams?
After becoming more self-aware, address practical ways to align your values, passions and gifts by learning creative techniques for forming life options, strategies to fuse passion, purpose and personal strengths, and ways to imagine potential.
Session Four: How Do I Create An Engaged Life?
Develop individual action plans based on specific, measureable, attainable, realistic and timely (SMART) goals; real and perceived challenges; and the resources to help you reach your goals.
Plan on attending all four sessions of the series. Class size is limited so please register today!
*Explore Your Future is the signature workshop of Coming of Age NYC, an establishment of a national initiative designed to help individuals 50+ connect and contribute to their communities. Coming of Age is a national program that started in Philadelphia in 2002 and has been replicated in cities across the country.
Kate Sowada is the Community Events Liaison at Boone County Public Library. Her enthusiasm for community engagement and development can be traced back to her experience volunteering as a teenager. Studying Geography in college, working with public art projects during grad school and facilitating statewide outreach programs are a few of the community oriented adventures that led her to Boone County Public Library where she is excited about engaging the people of Boone County and broader Northern Kentucky region through library programs and events.