Re-purposing ~ NOT Retiring!

Re-purposing ~ NOT Retiring!


My husband and I are at the age where many of our friends are "retiring". Some are taking early retirement packages and others are simply ready to move on. As we have been attending various retirement celebrations, it occurred to me that for most they are not really "retiring", rather they are RE-PURPOSING their lives.


As we all have worked and toiled in mostly specific types of work, to re-purpose then means to do an entirely different or new thing. This is exciting! For myself personally, I don't ever plan to retire! I plan on staying busy and active no matter what I am doing.


The dictionary defines the word Re-purpose as:


To adapt for use in a different purpose.


Retirement on the other hand means to cease an activity! I don't plan to cease being active at all! Not until I am 6 feet under that is. 


Do you think about your re-purposing time? Have you made plans? What steps do you need to make in order to re-purpose your life?


Why not spend a little time reflecting on these questions? Being intentional about your future is so important! The rest of your life depends on it!




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Comment balloon 52 commentsPaula McDonald • October 03 2016 06:45PM


Good Morning Paula - the word retire is not in my vocabulary.  I am always re prurposing but always becoming.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) almost 2 years ago

Hello Paula:

Let me be the first. Retirement isn't what it used to be. Re-purposing sounds like the right call.


Posted by Brian Rugg, Sun City TX Real Estate - Georgetown, TX Real Est (Rugg Realty LLC Sun City Texas 512-966-3200) almost 2 years ago

Grant Schneider it isn't in mine either. That is good thing!

Posted by Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury) almost 2 years ago

Brian Rugg you are so right. I don't ever anticpate days of lounging around!

Posted by Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury) almost 2 years ago

my mom retired at 42 in 1987, my dad at 52 in 1993 and they certainly have remained active.  They have traveled a lot and are still loving and enjoying life so much.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) almost 2 years ago

Wow Tammy Lankford, they re-purposed early in life! Kudos to them.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury) almost 2 years ago

Paula, A large part of the reason I'm doing dual careers as real estate/engineer is for the repurposing part of our lives.  It's going to take $$$ to do that, so real estate work offers a way to scale up our savings in a way that my "normal" engineering work won't allow for.  Bill

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 almost 2 years ago

Paula you won't catch me retiring! Re-purposing?  Absolutely!  In fact we've been talking and working on that for awhile now.  It's exciting to be part of new creations! Very exciting!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) almost 2 years ago

Paula. I am with you. I plan to keep on working on some activity until the Lord calls me HOME. I maybe doing some Re-Purposing once I get bored with real estate.

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, almost 2 years ago

That's a great way to think about it. I've been in the repurposing stage for several years now. I'll let you know when I figure it out. 

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) almost 2 years ago

Hi Paula- I've repurposed and am still doing it.  Love it and am busier now than ever. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 2 years ago

I'm reclining . . . does that work?  While not retiring from real estate, I'm looking at the career I've established in close to 20 years and have decidedly been putting my feet up!  HA . . . I enjoy it!  I'm still busy and active, but just tend to recline more.

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) almost 2 years ago

                             Thank you Paula McDonald 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 2 years ago

My dad retired at age of 69. The next few years as a retiree was the most unhappy moment in his life. Going nuts.  

A couple of dad and son trips to Nevada made him looking forward to enjoy himself.  Passed away in 4 years after retirement.

Posted by Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe ( (408) 425-1601) almost 2 years ago

Paula, I see so many retire and whither away so to speak...I can never see retiring and absolutely love what I do...

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) almost 2 years ago

Good morning Paula! In the process myself and just when I thought I was out of it, I have been dragged back in! Lucky for me! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker (Wayne M Martin) almost 2 years ago

I am glad that Kathy Streib included your post in her weekly collection since I missed it the first time!  Like you I can't imagine retiring - I may not always be selling houses but I want to be involved in the business of real estate for many years to come!

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties) almost 2 years ago

Good morning Paula. I have already re-purposed. I relocated to a new area and work in a museum and then at Tanglewood (the summer home of the Boston Symphony). I still do referrals and stand up real estate training.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) almost 2 years ago

Hi Paula -- I love the term "re-purposing" in regard to life changes, not simply with "stuff."

No plans here for retirement

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) almost 2 years ago

I "retired" in 2001, while my husband "retired" in 2007! Yet here we are!  I wasn't even 50 when I retired! Yet, friends actually looked at me like I had been given a death sentence! They would say, Ohhhh! (like so sorry to hear that). "What are you going to do?" 

I look at "retiring" as starting a new direction and I am very comfortable using the term. We started the second half of our life after retiring from our previous careers. I feel blessed to be able to do this!

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 2 years ago

Hi Paula McDonald ,   
This totally resonated with me.  When my husband passed away 5 years ago, I "re-purposed" into a healing phase and have been trying to evolve ever since.  It's an on-going process.  Thanks for the post.  

Posted by Carol Williams, "Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services" (U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.) almost 2 years ago

Hi Paula -- I came her via the highlight in Kathy Streib's weekly post.   "Re-purposing your life" is so much more than mere semantics -- it really is a different way of looking at another stage of life.   Now, that's truly an "Ah Ha" moment.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 2 years ago

Hi Paula

I love this outlook on "Retirement." It's certainly true of the people I know who have retired - in mnay ways their lives are more interesting, exciting, and meaningful before their retirement!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad (Solutions Real Estate ) almost 2 years ago

My husband is talking retirement...we have been discussing plans...not sure how much work there will be, probably mostly travel. I do a lot of repurposing in home staging and I certainly think it's a better course than retirement for many, but for's probably going to be "ok, we are done now" and enjoy life to it's fullest!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 2 years ago

Paula, whenever I imagine the future, there is real estate in there somewhere.  I've been to a few memorial services for colleagues, but never a retirement party - well, maybe just one!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 2 years ago

Paula McDonald  glad to see this featured . . . AND, made it on this week's best o' the best lists!  

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) almost 2 years ago

Hi Paula McDonald 

30 years ago I was in the type of work that was construction related. I could see that I would not be able to sustain that for decades. 

24 years ago I became a real estate agent. That was when I repurposed...the rest is just play from then on!!!

Posted by Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker, Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940 (Mike McCann - Broker, Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska) almost 2 years ago

I've tried retiring (re-purposing) Paula McDonald and I am just not ready for it...yet

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) almost 2 years ago

As my sister says, retiring is not for the faint at heart.  She tells me she is working harder than before.  I like your thoughts on this topic about repurposing!  Putting yourself into a different field! 

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) almost 2 years ago

What a great topic!  Perfect timing too.  I just met a guy today who retired and then got busier than ever.  He's now doing a wonderful work helping homeless mothers, and also veterans, get off the streets.

Posted by Bruce Brockmeier, Coached By Crouch (Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS®) almost 2 years ago

After 30 years in a corporate job, I repurposed my life at age 50 and here I have been since then! I think changing things up is a great way to keep us young.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, almost 2 years ago

2007 was the year that my re-purposing in life began. After 36 years in sales I stepped away to take care of my wife, thankfully she recovered from her situation and I found myself with nothing to do. Thus came about my new career in real estate, isn't life funny, how things work out.

Posted by Raul Rodriguez, Looking out for the client's interest and not my p (Covenant Partners Realty) almost 2 years ago

Paula! Great featured post! 


Repurposing! I love it!



Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe!

Posted by L. Scott Ferguson, Sunny Florida Real Estate Professional (Ask4Ferguson - Your House-SOLD Name in Real Estate) almost 2 years ago

I've seen friends "retire" and they end up busier than before, usually with something that they now don't get paid for. More often than not, they go work at something part time because they don't feel useful and, often, get taken advantage of IMHO. This is definitely something to think about when you plan to "re-purpose".

Posted by Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®, Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea almost 2 years ago

My husband found that you really have to "work" at the retirement thing.  The last two years of his career were spent working 28 days in Tunisia/Egypt and then 28 days home.  This was an awesome way to "plan" the retirement and to actually see what it took to keep him occupied.  I don't plan on retiring.  Training a new agent to take over some of the work, but I still love what I do.  Not going anywhere as long as the health holds up!


Posted by Jeanne Gregory, The most important home I sell is YOURS! (RE/MAX Southwest) almost 2 years ago

My husband has re-purposed his life a couple of times since taking an early retirement in 2005. First, he taught our kids during the high school years. We were a homeschool family. Second, he got his real estate license three years ago and joined me in the business. Like you, I don't plan on retiring ever. I operate an independent brokerage now that just consists of my husband and I as agents. I will probably add agents to the firm when I decide to move into re-purposing my life and my business.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) almost 2 years ago

I have repurposed several times in my life, and expect that it will not be my last.  The operative word in repurposing is continuing to have a PURPOSE for living.

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) almost 2 years ago

Many have to find their "purpose" when they retire or they will be lost. "Repurposing" is a great word to describe reinventing your life. 

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) almost 2 years ago

Yes I am! Actually cashed out a couple of my UK pensions last year. Now we have a new puppy, I am reducing my work load and increasing my play load.I now spend more time away from my desk, getting more active but still keeping my hand in. Love the idea of totally cherry picking my clients, it's a great feeling to be working towards the day my husband gives up corporate USA. 10 years away but he is not going to work beyond 65. We put our pensions to work early and will enjoy the reward when it comes.

Posted by Corinne Guest, The Choice of Professionals for Luxury Home Buying (Barrington Realty Company) almost 2 years ago


I'm with you!!  No retirement plans EVER!  I've watched people try to do that and most end up sitting around waiting for their last breath.  I hadn't really considered 're-purposing' but I like it!!  Thanks for the post!

Posted by Will Allen, Property Management... taking care of your assets (Concept 360 Property Management) almost 2 years ago

Paula, my wife and I are in a 5 years left exit strategy and I agree that re-purposing and not retiring is what keeps us vital.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) almost 2 years ago

The list of things I had planned to do when I retire had been growing so long that I've decided not to wait, and to incorporate many of those things in my life right now. I'm not planning for "retirement" or "repurposing" or anything remotely similar. I'll still have my fingers in real estate on my deathbed. Retirement is under-rated.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (Lyon Real Estate) almost 2 years ago

My wife changed her life focus a couple of years ago.  I just modify the degree of activity I choose to work.  We want to enjoy our fruits of labors yet still have focus on something to do

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) almost 2 years ago

Dear Paula,

No way I can re-purpose any time soon, but more power to those, who do. I know a couple, who both got down-sized in their early 40s & inherited substantially right after. Since they do not have children, they have been traveling ever since. Not sure, if that would be for me, but after a couple of 100 hour weeks in the summer, I am a smidge envious.

Posted by Dörte Engel, ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland (RE/MAX Leading Edge) almost 2 years ago

I tried retiring for 2 years and it didn't work, so I restarted my business and am having more fun than ever. I'm busy enjoying life and grateful for the Blessings my family has received. Life is good when you're having fun and having fun is a choice, isn't it?

Posted by Kimo Jarrett, Pro Lifestyle Solutions (WikiWiki Realty) almost 2 years ago

I had plans to retire at 50 but the economy and divorce changed all that.  I will be working until I die but still stopping to smell the roses along the way

Posted by Terry McCarley, REALTOR, SRES, CDPE - Cape Coral, FL (REMAX Realty Team - Cape Coral FL) almost 2 years ago

Amen! I think this is always important. I don't know what I'd do if I were retired. I like to work and stay busy.

Posted by Paul McFadden, Pest Control, Seattle, WA. (Paratex) almost 2 years ago

I'm also at that age and am often asked 'when are you retiring'? Always surprised with the question because I enjoy what I do. Good Post!

Posted by DALIA KIBBY, Selling Broward County Homes with Passion! (Keller Williams Realty Partners SW) almost 2 years ago

Hi Paula - I love the word re-purpose! I like new beginnings. Who knows what exciting adventures are ahead!

Posted by Donna Quinlan, Keller Williams Real Estate Agent Career Consultan (Keller Williams Realty) almost 2 years ago

Great post.  I play a game called pickleball a few mornings a week and on the weekend and have spent a lot of time with the most active retired people that you will ever meet.  Trying to do fun and enjoyable things right now ...and not wait for "retirement".    

Posted by Ann Wilkins, Oakland, Berkeley, Piedmont CA (Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty) almost 2 years ago

I like your use of words; yes, I have thought about it.

Posted by Olga Simoncelli, CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management (Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate) almost 2 years ago

I love the post. Many of my friends have retired. I will use your words when I talk to them. They will love it.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) almost 2 years ago

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