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Learning to say no: An important lesson for women in retirement

October 29, 2020
Learning to say no: An important lesson for women in retirement

I’ve talked often about the transition to Retirement and how for some it isn’t any easy path to transition, including my own experience and difficulty adjusting to a new life.

My guests today decided to find out what Women experience in life after work. So began the huge exercise of interviewing women and collating their responses. I’m delighted today to introduce my guests, Leslie Inman and Roxanne Jones, the cofounders of Retirement Voices, a community of women helping women navigate retirement.

During our conversation, we discussed:

  • Defining Retirement
  • Self esteem and Identity
  • Finding the right time balance
  • Learning to say ‘No’
  • Their soon-to-be-published book: Retirement Voices: Women reveal what life after work is really like

A three-part question included in the questionnaire was: What was easy, what was difficult and what surprised you about retirement?

What would your answers be?

Listen to the Podcast

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Meet Leslie Inman and Roxanne Jones

Meet Leslie Inman

Leslie Inman is a savvy marketing and sales professional who held senior management positions in the corporate, higher education and nonprofit sectors, with in-between gigs as a solopreneur. She’s a serial retiree—having retired three times (the final time in 2017)—and has a deep understanding of the joys and challenges of post-work life.

Meet Roxanne Jones

Roxanne Jones is an award-winning freelance writer specializing in health and medicine who also created the popular Boomer Haiku blog which she wrote for three years. She’s currently downshifting into retirement—a process that gives her a keen grasp of the emotional impact of this transition as she navigates her way through it

Retirement Voices contact information:

Website and blog
Leslie’s LinkedIn page
Roxanne’s LinkedIn page

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  • Reply Donna Connolly October 29, 2020 at 08:30

    Hi, Sue – It’s wonderful to see Roxanne and Leslie here with you. Unfortunately, the video would not work for me today (when I clicked on it, I received a message that it was ‘private’). But I was able to listen to the podcast. The conversation made great sense to me. It is so true that different people retire differently and that each of our retirement journeys often contain different phases, including ups and downs.
    In my own retirement, I have frequently been surprised by how overwhelmingly busy I can become. I hadn’t originally thought about this being a result of my not saying ‘no’. But the more that I think about it, there are tons of ways to not say ‘no,’ even nonverbally. Really great, thought-provoking post. Thank you!

  • Reply Erica/Erika October 29, 2020 at 08:55

    Nice to meet Leslie and Roxanne here. Sue, you ask great questions and help steer the conversation into “why” and then “how can we change it.” The concept of “no” has always been an issue for me. I am getting better. I find I still lose perspective on my priorities and spread myself too thin. A few concepts that resonated with me: my value and worth; structure our days and not structure; overcommitted. I learned a great deal here. Lessons I need to continue working on. Thank you! xx

    I was able to see and hear the video with no issues. I find Chrome works best for me.🙂

  • Reply Debbie Harris October 30, 2020 at 10:13

    Hi Sue, I responded to their retirement survey and look forward to reading the book and listening tot he interview! Thanks for sharing.

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