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  • Writer's pictureLaura Schaefer

Why 6 Months Post-Retirement Is the Perfect Time to Start Your Book

Updated: Sep 2, 2023

It is so much easier to consume than produce.

The irony, of course, is that our overall wellbeing comes from a mixture of doing both.

Every human being is a creator in their own way.

If you've tipped the balance too much in the consuming direction, it might be helpful to consider ways to make the production side of the equation a bigger part of your days.

Here's what I mean:

I read an essay from a FIRE practitioner last week who managed to retire at a young age.

She'd met her goal for financial freedom (yay!) before most people even have children. (Wow.)

But a few short months after watching every show she wanted to watch and seeing every vacation spot she wanted to see...she was bored and quite unhappy.

Her consume/produce equation was totally unbalanced.

Of course, she righted her ship and started to contribute again.

It's what we were built to do.

If you've been feeling a little too consumer-y lately and want to produce something, let me be the first to say, "Awesome!"

If that something is a book, I am doing a celebratory dance for you. (I might be a lil biased in the pro-book category. Ahem.)

And, I am here to offer a path forward. One way to make the project more fun is to bring on a partner. You don't have to go it alone. A blinking cursor isn't super inspiring, after all. (Gah!)

I can't help but ask:

👩🏻‍🎨 What would writing a book look like if you had a teammate?

👩🏻‍🎨 What would it feel like if you could talk your ideas and stories through with a curious and engaged partner?

👩🏻‍🎨 What would make the creation process fun and collaborative for your unique brain?

Sure, consuming is easier. We all know that.

We all love streaming shows and going on vacation and drinking coffee and going out for lunch. Yum.

But producing is great, too...if you find a way to make it work for your personality.

What's something you've created in the world that you are most proud of? A business? A family? A work of art?

What are you creating NOW?

If you are ready to begin your book, I'd love to hear about it.

That's all for now,


Laura Schaefer

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