Another year is in the record books, which creates an exciting opportunity to think ahead to the coming year and what you want to make of it. Many people set out on January 1st with grand designs on making big life changes – whether that’s working out more or spending more time doing the things you love. While setting goals is always worthwhile, survey after survey proves that few people who set New Year’s Resolutions actually achieve them. This year, why not take a different approach?

If you’re headed toward retirement, you’ve already reached a major life goal and you should feel very proud! It takes commitment and sacrifice to reach this exciting time of your life, after all. Here are five tips for setting your 2017 retirement New Year’s resolutions – and planning what’s next in your journey and where you want to go:

Make a list of the things you love. If “enjoy life” or some version is one of your goals for the New Year, spend a little time thinking about that which makes you happy. Being outdoors? Warm weather? Learning new things? Playing the sport you love? Don’t limit yourself, just jot down everything that brings you joy and fulfillment.

Look at your life today and consider what supports that “love list” and what does not. If you’re happiest when you’re playing tennis or golf but you live in a place where there’s snow on the ground four months of the year, what type of setting would make you happier? If your “happy place” has more to do with a state of mind – a sense of belonging, for example – ask yourself if your life today is helping or hindering that state?

Think about the people in your life. Life has many chapters, and the empty-nester chapter changes everything. Many couples find themselves moving closer to grown children who are starting their own families, while others seek a new adventure altogether. Are you somewhere in between? Eager to move to a place where the sense of community is strong with people who are going through the same stage of life as you?

Consider how you’ll handle the change. For some, making the transition from a busy career to the relaxed pace of retirement conjures up unexpected feelings of boredom or even worthlessness. One of the best ways to successfully ease the transition is to look for new opportunities to explore interests and expand the mind. Like what? Classes, volunteer positions, new hobbies (or long-forgotten ones renewed), interest groups, or new activities are great ways to discover passions and ensure that your new post-professional, post-child raising time is not lonely or tedious.

Write your “life list.” You’ve probably dreamed of this time for many years. What types of adventures are you planning? Perhaps travel is a high priority, or maybe you want to learn a new sport or activity like cooking or dancing. Maybe you want to do it all! Put those dreams to paper.

As you create resolutions for the year to come, we invite you to check out Trilogy, a place where lifelong friendships are built and passions are fueled. Here, our Members live The Good Life each and every day, which is all about exploration, freedom, wellness, and so much more. There’s so much to do and discover and so many people to explore with. Come find out what Trilogy is all about. We’re sure you’ll find that this is a place you’ll want to fulfill all those resolutions!

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