Retirement can be an exciting, active time of your life. But if you’re going to get the full benefits from your retirement years — which could last two, or even three, decades — you’ll need to have a vision for what you want to do. And to transform this vision into reality, you’ll need to take a “holistic” approach — one that involves a financial strategy, clear communications with family members and an awareness of the challenges that may stand in your way.
To articulate and achieve your vision, ask yourself a series of questions, such as the following:
Asset allocation is a time-tested strategy that can help take the guesswork out of choosing investments for your portfolio. Instead of putting all your eggs in one basket, you spread your eggs (dollars) among a variety of baskets (stocks, bonds and cash). The baskets can be further divided within each type of investment.
While watching my 16-month old grandson walk around, aimlessly, in our yard, I was reminded of a passage from the fantasy novel, “The Name of the Wind.”
“When we are children, we seldom think of the future. This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can. The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind.”
I can totally assure you there was no worry on the mind of this young explorer. Like a sawed-off Christopher Columbus or Ferdinand Magellan on choppy, wobbly legs, he was sailing across the ocean blue.
This fall will be the North Central Louisiana Arts Council’s 15th Annual Holiday Arts Tour, titled Celebrating Tradition, to be held Nov. 15-18.
The tour is an arts-filled weekend that showcases the talent of our region’s visual, literary and performing artists. The Holiday Arts Tour gives our artists the opportunity to exhibit and sell their artwork by partnering with downtown businesses and galleries or by opening their personal studios to the general public during the tour weekend. The tour promotes artistic discussion and exposure through live demonstrations, performances, exhibitions and sales. Visual and literary arts are highlighted each day, and musical performances are showcased in the evenings.