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Steering toward retirement

By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Posted: 7 am ET

My husband and I loaded up our boat, the Original Six, this weekend and we're spending 10 days on Lake Erie.

It's the first vacation longer than a four-day weekend that we've had in 10 years.

Both of us like to work. Plus, my husband has had a job that was endlessly demanding -- lots of 14 hour days and conference calls at 7 a.m. on Sunday morning.

I'm not complaining -- I've benefited from his hard work -- but he's 65 and I think it's time to cut back a little. Until very recently, he disagreed. Then two weeks ago, he came home and asked me if I wanted to make this boat trip and I was delighted.

So here we are, off the Ohio coastline, just west of Middle Sister Island, heading for Kelleys Island. It's about 90 degrees, hazy and there's a freighter ahead. As  write this, I'm keeping an eye on the GPS and hoping we're going to be lucky enough to enjoy lots more of these adventures.

I've been writing daily for a year about retirement planning for Bankrate.com. It's a great job with endless possible topics and lots of knowledgeable people willing to share their expertise. Plus, the Bankrate editors are the best.

Most of the time I don't write much about the fun parts of retirement. Maybe I should. After all, what we're all really striving for is the option to enjoy life as long as we can. As I roll into the second year of this blog, I think I'll make that a goal.

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