I'm Barb and welcome to my blog. Feel free to read about my history below. While I am an early retiree, this is not just a "retirement blog", but rather a lifestyle blog written by someone who is an early retiree and on a fixed income. Much of what I write is relevant to retirees ,however I try and write about life and creativity first, all from a frugal perspective.
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MY RETIREMENT STORY IN A NUTSHELL
I'm Barb. In 2005 I was living in Germany with my husband and teenage son.
In 2006 my husband passed away, leaving me with $650,000 in life insurance.
In 2012 that was primarily money is gone. Between grief, loneliness, depression, lack of planning, and moving my family half way across the world, I now have very little savings. What I do have is a pension, my husband's social security a positive attitude and determination that life is to be lived, especially during retirement.
My life (and this blog) are both about where I am, right now. My goal is to learn, and share, how to live richly with the finances, skills and other assets I have. I believe that one can live on a small, limited or fixed income (within reason) and still manage to have a rich life. Many people are finding they are going to have to live on less than they had hoped. While this can be an adjustment, it does not mean that life is over, or that you have to give up plans and dreams. It does mean you can't have it all, but that is true of everyone, no matter how much money they make. I began this blog because so many retirement books are about investments and such, and so many frugal books and blogs are directed to families. This blog is for the rest of us.
This blog is about the life I live, on a limited budget. I blog about "frugality" and single retirement. I also blog about day to day life-my road trip travels, quilting, cooking, my friends, and more. After all, what better way to show a rich life than to show how I manage it day to day!
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