Life After Work: How To Achieve a Blissful Retirement

The key is to keep moving.” –Ben Whittaker, The Intern

The first years of retirement may be utterly fun for retirees. However, after traveling to multiple cities and countries, the retired life may get uneventful. What’s the recipe to have a continuously blissful retirement life? Here are some things to remember:


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Keep your kids at arms’ length

Never underestimate the effect of having the kids around. According to studies, people who have a satisfying personal relationship develop fewer illnesses and a good level of overall health. Poor relationships erase the happiness that retirement brings. Having loved ones around not only helps with escaping boredom but also adds years to life.

Take risks

As it cliché as it may sound, taking risks is always a way to keep a vibrant life. After pursuing all those hobbies for the first years of retirement, try something new and challenging. It is never too late to explore and experiment!

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Maintain active social networks

Most happy retirees are those who have robust social networks. It is hard to keep in touch with a handful of friends as the years go by. Joining new clubs or going out more often will surely lead to new friendships.

Secure finances

Always remember the three “buckets” that should be maintained during retirement: first, the essentials bucket which comprises the basic needs; secondly, the lifestyle bucket which covers the fun activities and hobbies to do during retirement; lastly, the nest egg bucket which may come in handy for emergency situations.

Tracy Lutrell and her cousin Maybelle spend their retirement years blissfully by traveling and visiting casinos. For their latest adventures, subscribe to Tracy’s blog.


Why Are Slot Machines Addictive?

I like going to casinos, but I hate it when people stereotype people like me as gambling addicts. While gambling can be a good way to just veer off from the stress of our everyday lives, it can cause harm to those who have a hard time controlling themselves once they get in the “gaming zone.”

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A lot of people say that the slot machine is the least thing that can hurt a person who loves gambling. But little do they know that the slot machine is not much different from a black hole. Many researches on compulsive gambling focus on the biological, psychological, moral, and emotional problems of gambling addicts, but they disregard the fact that it’s not just the person’s fault.

Modern slot machines usually feature video screens with buttons. These devices generate ¾ of legalized gambling revenue. These bring in twice as much money as all the other games combined.

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People’s addiction to modern slots has something to do with the gamer’s wish to spend a moment alone. They do not worry about competition or excitement, but they focus on their personal gains. It’s easy for them to get lost in time and space because they do not think about who they’re playing with or what they’re playing for.

Industry leaders have designed bigger, better slot machines that will bring a huge influence to a customer’s behavior through technology or user design. They are building mousetraps that will give them more and leave the players with less money. It’s not solely the player’s fault for indulging. The machine definitely has something to do with the addiction, too.

Lady Luck Tracy Luttrell here. Know more about gambling and my life as a golden girl when you visit this blog.

Things Your Irish-American Relatives Say

When Irish-American families get together, the adults seem to unveil the heights of their Irish habits in front of the children. Once someone asks, “What’s the craic?” that’s usually the start of a conversation that could go deep. The story might get long if the person asked responds, “divil a bit” and gives details. Talking about the craic could be said in many ways. Some ask, “How’s the craic?” and “Any craic?”

After some months of not seeing the Irish side of the family, someone might say as soon as they see you enter the door, “I haven’t seen you in donkey’s years!” which just means that they haven’t seen you in a long time. Now try saying that with a non-Irish friend and see their reaction. How does one really compute donkey’s years? I’m not so sure.

Another thing I usually hear from the men is “Slainte!” when they raise their cups and propose a toast. This means drinking to one’s health. When you go to an Irish pub for the first time, you’ll hear it a lot until you get used to it.

Now practice what I’ve taught you. The next time you see a friend you haven’t seen in donkey’s years, ask him if he has any craic. Invite him or her to the pub and cheer “Slainte!” to all the good things in life.

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Tracy Luttrell here. I am a proud Irish-American retiree. These days, I like travelling cross-country and everything in between. Visit my blog for more of my adventures.

Irish Heritage Reads: Exploring The Old Country Through Literature

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Beyond (or sometimes in between) casinos, I have an assortment of hobbies that I use to wind down and relax. Among these is reading, and lately, I have decided to reread some of the books I’ve kept over the years.

My personal collection includes a few works from Irish authors, some of which I purchased when my interest and appreciation in my cultural heritage first developed. It’s only recently that I’ve started re-reading some of them. I swear some of these dog ears I’ve placed in Dubliners have been around since ’82.

The cultural hegemony of England is prominent in the history of Irish literature to the point that many well known Irish writers, including Gulliver’s Travels author Jonathan Swift, had written most of their best work in England and have become part of the English literary tradition. It wasn’t until Ireland became an independent country that the works of London-based Irish writers were rightfully reincorporated into the Irish canon.

Like most literary forms, Irish Literature was a product of its culture and of its time. The unique picture painted the Irish painted in the printed word, be it in Irish or Hiberno-English, had endured more than 800 years of occupation and exploitation under the rule of the British. Given its roots in Anglo–Irish relations, it generally takes on a particularly dismal tone. Ulysses and Dubliners peer into the lives of Turn of the Century Irish people in the aforementioned city.

Commentators from within Ireland postulate that the rather harsh environment of British rule led to a coping mechanism that to a casual observer would appear to be full of contradictions and almost clichéd melancholy.

A few gems of Irish literature include the aforementioned anthology Dubliners and Gulliver’s Travels, The Importance of Being Earnest, and the mundane epic Ulysses, which I’ll be saving for whenever I take a particularly long flight.

Tracy Luttrell here. To catch up on my reading list and whatever else I happened to be up to, follow me on Twitter.

Home Sweet Home: The Kentucky Bucket List

I’ve recently learned about having a bucket list, or that list you have of things you want to do before you die. Now that I am in my fab, golden years, I realized that as a Kentuckian, I haven’t had a lot of adventures in my beautiful state.

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Here’s what’s in my Kentucky bucket list. I hope to accomplish all of these before 2016 ends. And maybe, you should try it too!

Visit the Harland Sander’s Café
When people hear Kentucky, they think of fried chicken. I’m a big fan of The Colonel’s original recipe chicken (with 11 secret herbs and spices…yum!), but it’s a shame how I haven’t been to this café.

Check out the Toyota plant in Georgetown
The Toyota Georgetown plant was the birthplace of the Camry, which helped boost the Kentucky economy. I’m not really a fan of cars, but it wouldn’t hurt to take a look around. I’m sure it’s going to be interesting.

Watch a University of Kentucky men’s basketball game
I’m also not a fan of basketball, but I think it will be a refreshing experience watching these young bloods do their game in the court.

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Explore the Kentucky Derby Center
Believe it or not, I haven’t been here. I heard they have walking tours of the Churchill Downs.

They say home is where the heart is, and mine is in Kentucky! I’m Tracy Luttrell, a golden girl and proud Kentuckian. Follow me on Twitter.

Why The Golden Years Are The Best Time To Travel

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I am often asked by my fellow retirees whether we’ve already reached our prime. By this, they often mean whether activities such as dating or traveling is something we should no longer think of. I suppose to a certain degree we’ve earned the privilege of rest and relaxation, but I have found that my age has provided deeper meaning to experiences, particularly in the area of traveling. Most traveling blogs are started by the young, with the constant that traveling should be done before a certain age. The idea is that traveling shapes the way a person sees the world; the younger this process starts, the better-rounded and grounded that person is.

One cannot argue with this logic though I am adamant that traveling is such a beautiful and life-changing activity that it should be (and is) not limited to age. In fact, I would even be so bold as to say that it enhances the experience. Being older, being at that age where you are called “golden” is the best time to travel. Here’s why: knowledge and wisdom color the world with compassion. Whereas each experience is new and fresh when young, seeing these places knowing something about the world makes everything seem different. It will sound corny, and I am positive that many younger people will not understand, but age redefines moments. A lake may mean calm and serenity for the young artist, but this body of water may represent happier times with someone special to someone more experienced.

The truth is, traveling should be tried regardless of age. It has just been my own experience that has led me to believe that the activity is better enhanced with a little bit of knowledge. The world is beautiful, and age has allowed me to fully feel that.

People may say that being over 70 is old, but I say I am just beginning. My name is Tracy Luttrell and I am more than just my age. Learn more about me on Facebook.

Life Lessons from my 20s: A Reflection from a Woman in her 70s

Life in my twenties was a period of rapid transitions. My adventures as a young woman have brought me back into the wild where comfort and risk merge in a place where learning and growing come together.

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The following are some of the most valuable life lessons from my 20s:

Your life philosophy may be flawed. Just when you thought you already know everything about the world, there’s a likelihood you might be wrong. As you go on, your views about relationships, politics, and career will be redefined by your experiences in the real world.

Life never gets much easier. Everything will require a lot of work and effort. There will always be failures and setbacks, but you will have no choice but to keep going.

If you want to be successful, you must keep learning. The things you have learned in school are just a fraction of what will be needed when you are building your career. Stay humble and learn new things that will help you in your career.

Pursue your passion Your job means nothing if you are not enjoying what you do. While you are young, do something you are passionate about and do something you love.

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Remember, your twenties are not by default the only time in your life that you can pick up and go. No matter your age is, life goes on, and you will continually learn new lessons in every chapter of your life as an individual.

Hello there! My name is Tracy Luttrell, a Kentuckian retiree who knows how to live life to the fullest. Follow me on Twitter for a peek of my adventures.