I’ve met Jan through a blogging Facebook group and loved her attitude towards aging and retirement. I especially love her Instagram fashion posts which you should check out. An Aussie Blogger (like me), Jan and her partner Rowan write about all things connected with Baby Boomers and living a fulfilling retirement.
Jan has a gorgeous smile and is a great example of positive aging, so I thought she would be perfect for my first interview in my Positive Aging Series. You can read more about Jan & Rowan through their website and social media links at the end of the interview.
The Positive Aging Interviews – Jan Wild, Retiring Not Shy!
What does the term positive aging mean to you?
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) defines Positive Ageing as: “the process of maintaining a positive attitude, feeling good about yourself, keeping fit and healthy, and engaging fully in life as you age”.
I would agree with that definition but also say it isn’t necessarily as easy to achieve as it is to write it down! Like any time of life, the so called ‘third act’ is a time for expansion and experimentation. It isn’t a time to sit back and say, “I’ve done it all and I know it all”. In many ways, it is a time to be more active mentally and physically than you have ever been. It’s a time to use all that you know and have done to expand your life into areas that you choose, to use your time your way to meet your hopes and dreams. It is a time to reflect but also a time to act and to stay as current as possible in all areas of life.
What are your tips for keeping fit and healthy as you age?
For me good health begins in the mind and the heart. If we don’t feel good we tend not to take good care of our physical body. We must focus on maintaining a positive mental attitude and work to make the best of what we have. Not all of us are in the best physical shape of our lives but that doesn’t mean we should give up; there is an exercise mode that suits everyone.
Despite have a nasty scoliosis I still get out to walk about 5 kms several times per week. Rowan and I motivate each other; having an exercise buddy definitely helps as does setting a goal. Deciding I just had to improve my fitness before an imminent trip to Europe has been a great motivator – figure out what might motivate you and hop to it. I am also a fan of finding health professionals who help me to support my body to function as effectively as possible.
Eating choices may need to be different as we age but that shouldn’t mean boredom. We are so lucky in Australia to have such beautiful, healthy produce to choose from. We don’t always feel motivated to cook so having some quick and easy options is a great solution, including being able to pluck out a home cooked frozen meal for reheating.
What is one piece of advice you wish you had known when you were younger?
I wish I had taken better care of my skin rather than slathering myself with baby oil.
What is your favourite fashion or beauty tip?
Know what suits you, what makes you feel great and wear it; don’t wait for a special occasion to wear a favourite outfit. Know the labels that work for you and find ways to purchase those labels without breaking the bank; check out eBay, get on their email list so you know about sales, hunt out quality second hand stores.
Your blog is called ‘Retiring, not Shy!’ tell us how you came up with the name and a little about your blog?
The name is a play on the phrase ‘shy and retiring’. We started with that idea and determined that the last thing retirees should be is shy, we need to be much more ‘out there’.
We blog on a variety of topics related to retirement. So much is written about financial planning for retirement but there is a lot more to consider – relationships, health, location etc. Our aim is to motivate our readers to get the very best out of their retirement years.
What is your advice for those about to retire or who have retired to ensure they enjoy this special time of life?
Take some time to think about all aspects of retirement, not just financial. Allow yourself the room to ‘fail’ by trying different things. Many of us struggle in the first months of retirement as old structures are torn away. Don’t rush into creating new rigid structures, allow yourself to settle into this wonderful new phase of life and go with the flow. If you make a wrong choice, acknowledge it and move on.
What is your favourite way to relax?
My favourite way to relax is by a pool with a good book and a cold drink.
What was the last book you read?
The last book I read was Dietland by Sarai Walker
Meet Jan & Rowan
Jan Wild and Rowan Rafferty are Australian baby boomers, who wanted to explore new horizons whilst re-wiring towards a fulfilling retirement.
In researching retirement planning, Jan and Rowan found that the vast majority of the articles published were about financial planning. They felt that whilst there is no doubt financial planning for retirement is an important subject, there’s lots more to having a satisfying and rewarding retirement. They realised there is a need for information sharing on the other aspects of retirement and began to blog at Retiring not Shy!
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