Are you ready for a contemporary
My name is Ann Harrison and I'm a
Retirement Optionsô trained retirement
coach and Too Young To Retireô
facilitator. Iím passionate about
helping people like you to get the
happiest, healthiest, most vital,
productive, energetic, prosperous and
fulfilling retirement you could possibly
have, whilst, at the same time, helping
you to balance having the kind of
retirement you want and deserve to have,
with planning to meet your future needs.
I have a fun, compassionate,
practical, down-to-earth coaching style.
I'm also a writer, blogger, trainer and creator of information
having retired from my job in education
management 8 years ago at the ripe old
age of 43. I'm the author of ebooks,
'The Retirement Detox Programme: 40 days
to get your retirement back on track',
'Thought Provokers: Questions you
need to ask yourself BEFORE you retire'.
For over 20 years, I've worked with
individuals and groups as a life coach,
manager, lecturer and trainer. I
trained as a coach with CoachU and the
Graduate School of Coaching at
Coachville. In addition, I have a
B.A. Honours Degree in Teaching and
Training Studies, a Certificate in
Education (Adults) and 8 other teaching
and training-related qualifications.
love to learn - particularly anything
that will benefit my clients and make me
a better coach. Some of the recent
courses I've participated in include:
The Couples Conversation:
Helping couples transition into
Tim Kelley's Purposeful Coach
Training Program (Training to
help people find their life purpose
and discover the difference they are
meant to make in the world)
The Wellness Inventory
Certification Training (Training
to enable me to use The Wellness
Inventory - a holistic assessment
and life balance program designed to
help you gain personal insight into
your state of physical, emotional
and spiritual wellness)
I live in lively, vibrant Manchester in
the UK but I coach clients
from all over the world.
find a role model of a contemporary
retiree, I donít need to look much
further than my own dad. The first
thing that my dad did upon retiring, was
enrol as an undergraduate student for a
Bachelorís degree in History. Now, with
his degree under his belt, he works as a
volunteer museum guide, transcribes
historical documents for the local
library and is an active member of the
townís historical society.
his retirement, Dad was a marathon
runner, and he continued to run in the
London marathon until he was well into
his 60ís. At 76 years of age, he is
still a competitive athlete (although
over shorter distances these days),
consistently clocking up race victories
in his age group (the over 75's), and he
coaches other, much younger runners from
his running club (and still manages to
keep up with them).
Recently, my Dad believed that he was
going to have to call a halt to his
running career because he began to
suffer quite badly from an untreated
hernia that he had had since he was a
young man and which became much worse
over a relatively short period of time.
Fortunately, he was admitted to hospital
for corrective surgery quite quickly,
had the op and was discharged from
hospital the following day. When I
called him that afternoon to find out
how he was doing, I caught him just as
he was leaving the house to go for a
walk (the day after his operation!) and
he was able to resume his running and
coaching within a very short space of
believe that his remarkably rapid
recovery was due to the fact that he is
extremely fit and healthy.
The fact that he also keeps himself
mentally agile, means that no-one ever
believes him when he tells them that he
is 76 and he could easily pass for a man
10 or 15 years younger than he actually
is. My dad is someone whom I would
consider to be a great example of a man
living a vital, healthy, prosperous,
productive and fulfilling retirement...
what about you?
What will you do with the freedom,
choice and opportunities
you in retirement?
Think about the following:
would your ideal retirement look and
is your definition of happiness at this
stage of your life?
your vision of your ideal retirement and
your definition of happiness at this
stage of your life match those of your
What is your definition of 'healthy
togetherness' with your partner?
And does your partner share that
Where do you want to spend your
retirement and what factors are
important when choosing a place to live
at this stage in your life?
you have an interest in or a need for a
second or retirement career? What
will that be and how much time do you
want to devote to it?
do you feel about your other
relationships (for example, those with
your friends, children, grandchildren
elderly parents)? What
expectations do they hold about your
retirement? Do your expectations
and their's blend together?
you want or need to have more friends?
many interests do you share with the
important people in your life?
Have any of those interests been
'forced' onto you? Are you still
happy for that situation to continue?
you focus enough attention onto your
health, wellbeing and illness
you are single, how do you feel about
meeting new people, now that you are no
longer out working every day?
Have you been too cautious in your life
thus far, or not cautious enough?
What needs to change?
What do you still want to be, do and
you being your authentic self and, if
not, how would you like that situation
to change during this next stage of your
Would you like to explore the answers to
these questions with a certified