Richard and I both lost our spouses when our children were young and had the pressure of balancing careers and raising our children. We met and married when our kids were teenagers and pooled our funds to buy our new family home. Richard loved his job as an engineer but that came with long hours travelling and working. I worked as a Solicitor, which was really enjoyable but, again, entailed long hours and juggling the demands of my clients.
After our children left home, we started to give serious thought to planning for retirement. Richard had hobbies he had no time for. I wanted to be able to try new things and also have more time to support my Mum. I wasn’t ready to give up work yet but Richard jumped at the chance. We needed Jane’s advice to enable us to see what our options were.
Jane used cashflow projections to show us what the future could look like and her help was invaluable in giving us the confidence and security to plan to give up work. Richard took the leap first and hit the golf course sooner than he first thought. He also has a vintage motorbike and better still, he is now a grandfather.
I carried on working for a bit longer but things worked out to enable me to leave last summer. I can now spend more time with my Mum and, with a new grandson, am looking forward to being part of his life. I am also looking forward to channelling my legal knowledge and energy into charity work.
We are still both young in our 60s and enjoying the rewards of life!
“We are still both young in our 60s and enjoying the rewards of life!”