Journal Your Way to Retirement

Get Ready to JournalRetirement?? – Nope, Not Me

Are you having trouble getting your head around retirement? Join the club. Not surprisingly, you probably are going through a myriad of emotions such as panic, fear, joyfulness, anxiousness, happiness, and on and on…………………………. The good news is there is a way to work your way through your emotions.

I recently retired and the transition was not as easy as I thought it would be. Even though I’ve studied financial transitions for many years, wow, when it came to my own transition, I was surprised at the many emotions that took over. Being a financial advisor, I would not have retired if money was an issue. But, I certainly could have prepared better for the emotional issues.

I have been journaling off and on for 25 years. It has given me clarity on ideas, life and love. So, why didn’t I journal about retirement? Because I thought retirement was mostly just about the money! Is that what you think, too? I’m here to tell you, it isn’t.

As you guessed, I recently started journaling daily about retirement and thought many times it would have been wonderful if I had done this in a big way beforehand. So, I decided to share with you all the different aspects of my life I was exploring now that my life was evolving in a different direction. I’m almost finished writing a book called “Journal Your Way to Retirement”. But, until it is published, I’ll share with you some of these journal questions regularly to start your own evolution.

Bottom Line

Don’t like to journal? No problem. Although I do believe the written word is powerful, if you really don’t want to try journaling, just think about the question as you drive to the office or while relaxing on a day off. In the long run, whatever works for you is OK. For the most part, your goal is to get the thought process moving. Remember, too, the answers to your questions are totally private. All things considered, if you do journal, you can save, burn, shred, etc.

Joan Marie Gagnon


My long career as a CPA and Certified Financial Planner has kept me locked into numbers for a long time. But, over those years, I have come to understand the power of journaling or writing ideas and thoughts on paper. My hope is for one of these books to resonate with you and to provide you the tools to get what you want in life.

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