February 1st, 2011

Baby Boomer Women: Questions to Ask Yourself Now

As we Baby Boomer women are entering our 50s and beyond, it’s time to take stock of our lives before moving forward.

Here are some questions I suggest you take some time to answer for yourself now.  Give yourself a quiet spot and turn off the phone. These questions are worth thinking about!

  • How is your health right now?  I’m not talking about not being sick.  Are you as healthy as you want to be?  If you keep taking care of yourself exactly the way you are now, do you believe deep in your heart that your body will be able to do what you want it to do when you’re 90?  Remember, women have special health needs as we age.
  • Have you taken a good look at your finances?  Some women are still reluctant to do this.  If so, please get over it and review your finances thoroughly.  Assume you’re going to live to be 90, 95, or maybe even over 100.  You’re going to want at least 80% of your income per year, every year, to maintain the lifestyle you have now when you retire.  Are you happy with the numbers you’re seeing, or do you need to make some changes?
  • Are you happy in your relationship?  Is there anything you’d like to be doing to shake things up a little and put some of the romance back in your lives?
  • How content are you now?  Women are still too frequently caught up in the needs of others to take this question seriously, but I suggest you take a good look at this one, too.  That 45 or 50 years I mentioned earlier is a wonderful lifespan, but they’re still the last years we’re going to get.  Are there any areas of your life where you need to make a major change to make your second life at least as good as your first?

We Baby Boomer women have come a long, long way.  But we still have a lot of living to do.  If you take stock of your life now and make the changes you need to make, you’ll be able to make your second life even better than your first!

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