It takes some kind of faith to place your retirement savings in the hands of forces beyond your control and yet maintain not only your emotional equilibrium in the present moment, but trust in the future.
There was the House of Fleas, the place right next door to the House of Pit Bulls, a one-of-a-kind home on a beautiful property featuring the perfect howler monkey habitat but little to no indoor space.
A married couple, 50-somesuch, kids grown and flown... so what comes next? We moved from Manhattan to Costa Rica: a move that took just under 10 months from the night we said, "Let's do it" till we boarded the plane with one-way tickets.
The transition from work to retirement generally is not easy psychologically, because so much of who we are and of our sense of meaning and value comes from work. Expect at least a small emotional roller coaster.
The idea of having a comfortable, worry-free retirement has become a distant dream for many boomers. It's become increasingly clear that conventional financial and retirement planning methods aren't working.