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Not Exactly Goodbye…

The future of the Rock Your Retirement showUpdate 8/3/2020:  We are changing the format of the show.  Stay tuned.  We will still be releasing at least monthly but you are going to LOVE what's coming!! (Also if you added a comment here earlier, we had a computer blip that affected this post.  It wasn't you, it was us.  Sorry about that).

I wanted to let you know what the future is for the Rock Your Retirement Show.

If you have listened to the episode where I discussed my traumatic event, you’ll remember that I’m re-evaluating my life. This event was life-changing for me. If you haven’t listened to the episode, and you are interested, just go to Episode 209.

Since this traumatic event, I decided I wanted to scale back on some of my workload. I have already announced to my remaining financial planning clients that I’ll be retiring from financial planning on 12/31/2020. Although I partially retired from financial planning in 2015, I continued to work with my favorite clients.

With Covid-19 affecting so many of our lives, I’ve had additional time to reflect. In my time of reflection, I have discovered that I need to make some further changes. And those changes affect the show.

Since 2016 I have been paying to host the show. Although I’ve added some advertising it has never supported the show. In fact, my affiliate link provider has indicated to me that I’m not getting enough click-throughs, so they want to start charging me as well! So, if I continue to run ads it will actually cost me money!!

It has been a tough choice however, I have decided that after we run all the shows we’ve already recorded, I’m going to take a break and we will stop doing our weekly episodes. It costs me about $150 per month to keep the show going, and my revenues are nowhere near that amount.

The only way I can continue on a regular basis is to get some listener support. You can support the show at a $3 per month basis if you’d like. If a small percentage of my listeners did this, then I will get the $150 I need to continue weekly episodes beyond 07/06/2020 when our last weekly interview is scheduled to be released.

Don’t worry though, even if I don’t get the support I need to continue on a regular basis, I’ll still pop in sporadically to tell you how I am doing. So, stay subscribed so you get the notifications.

In case you’re interested in supporting the show, here’s where you can do it: http://RockYourRetirement.com/Support

Your friendship over the last few years, and support of the show and me personally, means the world to me.

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The Colored Pencil Art Class Experiment

colored pencil art classI did a little 6-week colored pencil art class experiment

If you are in the Rock Your Retirement Facebook group, you probably already know what it is.

Basically, I have been working with colored pencils. In other words, I've been trying to bring my artistic tendencies back.

I created three colored pencil drawings of three different Kingfisher birds. And to do that, I basically took two on-line classes. The two classes were completely different.

The first one was a video where you got to watch the instructor create the drawing. She told you what pencils she used, and you got to draw along with her. This was over five hours of video.

The second class wasn’t like that at all. The instructor was a retired high school art teacher. He also gave you the pencils that he used, but really what he did was an outline. There were videos, but they only totaled about an hour, and they were edited.

For my third bird, I didn’t take a class. I found a picture of a local Kingfisher bird and used the knowledge I had gained from the first two drawings to create the third one all on my own. It came out a lot better than I thought it would because I felt kind of lost while I was doing it. But it came out good.

So, I thought to myself, there must be people who are looking for something to do during this COVID stay at home order. A lot of us feel lost and lonely. We aren’t used to staying at home and not talking with other people outside our home. Plus, I figured that so many people are putting together puzzles and other things, that colored pencils might be the next thing. After all, the adult coloring book thing is still a thing and people might want to learn what else they can do with their pencils.

So, I decided to create a class. If you are one of my clients, you already know that I have several Medicare Class videos out there. But this wasn’t about Medicare.

It was about something that I had barely learned. So, I was very nervous about it. I reached out to the Art Club where I live and asked if they would like me to create a free online class using Zoom. I sent them the pictures of the three Kingfishers I had created, and the art club agreed.

Why did I make it a free colored pencil art class? Most of the art club classes cost anywhere from $60 to $150 here. There were several reasons.

The first reason is that honestly, I had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t know how to put an art class together and I didn’t know how I was going to show the students what to do using Zoom. But I just kind of figured it out as I went along. I didn’t have a class outline. I knew what I was going to do for the first two classes, but after that, I wasn’t really sure. But now that the art club agreed, we picked a date for the class to start on the following Wednesday. I wanted it to be an hour-long, for six weeks, so that’s what we did.

The second reason I didn’t want to charge for the class is that I’m no expert when it comes to colored pencil paintings. I call them paintings instead of drawings because that is what they wind up looking like when everything is done.

And the third reason I didn’t want to charge is that I knew more people would sign up for a free class. That way I’d get the social interaction I was looking for.

Plus, I wasn’t looking to make money from this class. I wanted to find other people to fall in love with colored pencils.

Because if you are already an artist, you’ll find that the medium is completely different from anything else you’ve done. It takes a lot of patience. The paintings take a lot longer to create. But you can make them look very realistic if you are patient.

Maybe you went to one of those wine events where you paint a picture, and everyone is painting the same one. Color pencils are totally different from painting or drawing with a regular pencil.

A lot of people will buy colored pencils for their grandkids, and then they'll decide to pick them up and try to start using them, and they'll get really frustrated because they don't do what you want them to do. Part of that is because it's totally different.

So, my goal was to work with people who had never created a picture themselves, or maybe were coloring in adult coloring books, or maybe that were artists with a different medium. My goal wasn't to work with people who already knew how to use the medium.

There are a lot of people out there who are intimidated by art. Colored pencils are easy to use if you know how to use them. I wanted to share the limited knowledge that I had with non-artists, so they could find joy in becoming an artist.

Now that I had made the commitment, I had to start preparing. I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do, so I prepared some slides for the first class. I wanted to do a demo at the end but wasn’t sure how to do it. I didn’t want to spend any money buying a camera for this purpose and figured that there MUST be a way to do it with my cell phone. So, I spent a couple of hours searching YouTube for ways that this can be done, and I found a way.

Basically, I had to sign in to Zoom twice. Once as the instructor, and once as a student. The student would be my phone and would do the demo. I was really nervous about the technology, but in my pre-class emails, I let everyone know that this was an experiment and they needed to be patient with the tech. On the first day of class, I actually had 31 people who signed up for this free class and wow, that was a lot of people! I learned a lot about teaching the class.

Number one, if I do this again, I certainly don't want that many people. In the end, I had 15 people, and that was a nice size. I learned a lot and the class learned a lot! The last day we took a screenshot of everyone who was in the final class, and all their drawings looked fantastic! These were mostly non-artists.

I purchased this contraption that holds my cell phone, I signed into the Zoom class as a student and showed everyone how to do the drawings. But it didn’t really work very well, and it was difficult. For the people who couldn’t attend the live class, and wanted to watch the Zoom recordings, it was impossible. The recordings would jump around to whoever forgot to mute themselves.

I got a brilliant idea around the third class to just record it ahead of class. So that is what I did. I recorded myself doing the drawings and talking. So, the demos were recorded and then the class sessions basically turned into a Q&A.

On the day of the class, I would send the videos for that class and then I would sit in the Zoom Room and answer questions as they came up. Then it evolved into sending the videos out ahead of time.

The reason why I am telling you this is I want you to think about something that you can do or teach in your own community. You don’t actually have to have everything set up in advance. You can make changes as you go along as I did. Even if you don't think you're an expert, you can share your knowledge. Just like I did! I am not an expert at colored pencil drawings, but I shared what I knew, and now there are about 10 people out there who want to continue with it! Sure, some people didn’t want to continue, but now they know that it’s not for them. For the people who did continue, now there are some more artists out there because I was there to help them.

I got so much out of that, I had so much fun, and I learned so much. Teaching what you know is really something that can help you rock your own retirement. You can do it for free as I did, or you can do it for money. It’s your choice! The two classes I took were not free and I gladly paid for them.

I know that there are a lot of gurus out there that are saying, you know, make money by teaching classes and, yeah, sure, you could do that, if that's what you want to do. And there's probably a ton of things that you know a little bit about where you could share your knowledge and you don’t have to be an extrovert. People think that I'm an extrovert when they meet me because I can engage in conversation with people. However, after about two hours I am drained and I really need to leave and to go home. I am the type of person that I can go to a party for two maybe three hours max. Even if it is just visiting with family, I really need to decompress afterward.

The point is that if you are an introvert, that doesn’t mean that you can’t share your knowledge with others. You don’t have to have a huge class of 31 people. You could have a class of 3 people if that is easier for you.

Teaching a class might help you rock your own retirement! You can pretty much do whatever you want, you can change it midstream. It doesn't have to be fancy, and you can learn from it too. Whether that means something that you did for work, or something you do for pleasure, or something you do or did as a side gig.

Let me give you an example. Let's say that you are someone who has been investing in real estate, and you have three or four houses, and that's how you were able to retire. Or you have 10 houses, or whatever. So, you have a lot of knowledge in this area. Well, you could do the same thing that that I'm doing.

You could put your knowledge out there and record yourself. Talking about exactly what to do and how you did it. Like how you found your first property if you remember that far back. Or what are the processes that you use when you're managing your own property, or how did you figure it out. How did you find the handyman that you're using? What do you do when somebody calls you at 2 am? You know, you could just talk all these things through.

Put them in a private YouTube video or several YouTube videos and then just ask your friends if they would go through the videos, one at a time. You can also do zoom recordings where it just records you as the speaker. You could get two or three friends together or just people who were interested in whatever it is that you're able to do, and just walk them through it in a Zoom room and record it. The zoom will record your videos to your own computer, or if you have the paid version of zoom, it will record it to the cloud. Then you can pull those videos off later.

All I am saying is that I got so much benefit from sharing my knowledge for free. It is kind of like your ongoing legacy to share what you know.

I was actually talking with a friend who is thinking of retiring and before she retires, she was going to take all of her information and workshops on what she does for a living, and she was going to hand over all of this information to another one of her competitors basically. She's not 100% ready to retire yet and I said to her, “Hey, why don't you put together a class? Why don't you take all of these power points and information you have and just turn them into a class?”

Because she works with nonprofit organizations, churches actually, and you know not everybody can afford her, not all churches can afford her prices because she is a consultant. I said, why don't you put these all these things that you know how to do in a class. Then for people who can't afford your fee, sell it to them for $197?

So think about some of the things that you can do either for free or for money and put them in a class and share your knowledge. You can build your legacy that way. Just think about it.

If you are a beginner, interested in colored pencils, I will let you into my class. Just go to http://RockYourRetirement.com/Art  to sign up. Use the coupon code JULY2020 and the class will be free. Otherwise, it will be $25.

What I would like you to do though, is to consider putting your knowledge in some sort of electronic format. So that can be passed down to others.

I wish my dad would have done that with his real estate investing knowledge. Now my dad has Parkinson's disease, he can't share all that knowledge that he had. There is a lot of knowledge out there with books and things like that. But I would have loved to have my dad’s knowledge, and I am sure that there are people out there that would love to have YOUR knowledge.

Do you have something you could share with others? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Baby Boomers Retiring in Mexico- Episode 231

retiring in mexicoSome baby boomers are moving to and retiring in Mexico.

They are doing this not just to save money, but to have a better retirement lifestyle. I talked with Travis Scott Luther who wrote a book called The Fun Side of the Wall: Baby Boomer Retirement in Mexico. Travis completed a thesis in 2010 about baby boomers retiring in Mexico. He received a lot of inquiries about the subject so he decided he would write a book.

Unexpected Findings

From 2007 through 2009 we were going through that global financial crisis. It was during that time Travis has found this small group of expats in Mexico. What he was most curious about is why anyone would want to leave the United States.  After all, the United States was the best country in the world with the best of everything.

His gut told him that perhaps people who might be struggling financially in the US would consider retiring in Mexico to stretch their budget. Maybe they could live more comfortably in Mexico. What he found, was quite to the contrary. The person most likely to move to Mexico was actually a high-income earner. Upper middle class if not upper class. Also highly educated. So what he found was that it wasn't people who were low income but rather people who thought more about their money and some who wanted to even retire early.

Baby Boomers who move to Mexico retiring on average 5 years earlier than their US counterparts

What about Medical Care when you are Retiring in Mexico?

One of the reasons Les and I did not move out of the country and live abroad is because Les was concerned about medical care. Since beginning this podcast, I have talked with many people who live in the US but who go to other countries, including Mexico, to have certain medical procedures done.

Travis talks with people who are living in the US and wanting information on retiring in Mexico.  He says that medical care is a very common question and concern people have.  What he discovered is that there are a number of routes to enroll in Mexico's public health system. You can do it through work or if you're not working, you can enroll through residency. Medical enrollment is actually very easy to acquire versus other countries. He says people who are living in Mexico reported that you might have to wait a bit longer to receive care for a non-emergency standard appointment. However, the standard of care you will receive is comparable to the United States.

The Language Barrier

Travis found that the baby boomers who moved down there had really dove into the culture and learning the language. In a lot of the communities that he visited there is no shortage of at least one expat happy to help you navigate the language barriers. There are also many English speaking Mexicans who have lived in these communities for generations. They are fluent in both English and Spanish. According to Travis it really isn't hard to get around. No one should be fearful of the language barrier and letting it get in the way of retiring in Mexico. Plus, we all have Google translate now at the tip of our fingers.

Retirement Lifestyle in Mexico

When Travis first went down to Mexico in 2007 for his research, he discovered that the folks who moved to Mexico usually had some kind of personal relationship with a friend or family member who already lived there. So people were much more likely to move if they have some social ties that already existed. In his more recent research, he found that people were more likely to move to Mexico on their own without knowing a single person. Travis attributes this to Social Media and the internet and our ability to keep in touch and form relationships online now.

The people that Travis spoke with told him what initially attracted them to the move was the cost savings. However, what made them stay is that they found this authentic community in Mexico. It was this combination of Mexican culture and the Mexican appreciation and respect for elders that they didn't feel like they had in the United States. Many felt that a culture of consumerism that overtook them or overwhelmed them in the US is something that they really needed a break from.

They also discovered a rich cultural history and this feeling as if they were connected to something that was important to them.

Another thing the expats told Travis was that they didn't want to have their retirement dictated to them. In the United States, retirement has become commodified. They wanted a sense of community.

Is Retiring in Mexico right for you?

I have always considered moving to Mexico or another Latin country for a limited time. Perhaps move there for 10 years when I am in my 60's so I can soak up the relaxed lifestyle that retirement in Mexico brings.

Moving and retiring in Mexico or any other country is not for everyone. Some people find it difficult to assimilate into the culture.

Do you know anyone who lives in Mexico or another country? Have you considered a move like this? Comment below, I would love to hear your thoughts!

About our guest:  Travis Scott Luther is a Denver, Colorado writer, speaker, and entrepreneur. He received his Master’s in Sociology from the University of Colorado Denver. He is a former Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at MSU Denver and former Entrepreneur in Residence to the University of Colorado Denver. 

Luther first became interested in Baby Boomers retiring in Mexico during graduate school. His Masters Thesis research contributed to the content in this book. He continues to be interested in U.S. expatriates retiring all over the world and continues to monitor those who have chosen Mexico. You can reach him via his website at http://www.travisluther.com 

The Fun Side of the Wall: Baby Boomer Retirement in Mexico

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An Inspiring Conversation on Aging- Episode 228

Kathe Kline talks with Stephanie Raffelock on AgingAging takes place against a backdrop of grief. It’s the little losses and then the larger losses

Today my guest is Stephanie Raffelock. Stephanie wrote a cute inspirational book called, A Delightful Little Book on Aging. I read the book and I absolutely loved it! 

How Did the Book Come About?

The book sort of came about on accident for Stephanie. She was writing for a website and she got feedback from women all around the world. They had told her that they too were experiencing this kind of shift in their lives as they were entering into their 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Stephanie began to see that there are two ways to navigate the waters of aging. One way is to embrace the years, the strength, courage, and nobility that comes with growing older. The other way was to simply say aging sucks, I don’t like it and I’m going to fight it for as long as possible. 

She collected and compiled many of the essays and articles she had written to put into this book. It’s not a how-to book, it’s not a self-help book. It is a book of personal essays of personal experience of navigating the waters against a backdrop of grief, reclamation, vison, and laughter.   

The Monkey Bar Incident

Stephanie’s husband had clients in town, and they lived near a lake at the time. They decided to walk around the lake and all around the lake they have little exercise or play areas. So, one area might have swings and then you walk a little bit further and there might be a jungle jim. Then there is a spot that has monkey bars. 

Stephanie remembers the monkey bars from when she was little, and it was her favorite thing in school playground swinging from bar to bar. She didn’t know what got into her that evening, but she put her hand on the ladder and climbed up the first bar. She swung to reach the other bar and then she fell! Embarrassed as her husband and his clients ran over to see if she was ok. Stephanie's husband asked what were you doing? She knew what she was doing, she was trying to be young. There was this moment of realization that her muscle tone and connective tissue were not the same as when she was younger, and it was not going to be the same.

That athletic prowess of one in their 30’s, 40’s and even 50’s ceases to be. There are things that fall away from us. There are little losses. Aging takes place against a backdrop of grief. It’s the little losses and then the larger losses. 

Grief

It puts us in a unique kind of situation to live in these times. A time of coronavirus where we are all living against a backdrop of grief. As an older person, Stephanie knows what it is to feel vulnerable. Now the whole playing field has been leveled so society is feeling vulnerable. Stephanie knows how to navigate vulnerability. You embrace it. You realize you don’t have control over everything and you also realize that grief is a bridge. It’s not like an end result, it’s not a place to get stuck. It’s a bridge to something new. 

The idea of allowing one’s self to feel deeply and to cry is something that is not on the surface. That’s something you do in private. Or as Stephanie's mother used to say “don’t air your dirty laundry”. I think it’s a real shame that we don’t have a container for grief in our culture where people can cry about what’s going on because in the tears is this great soul bath. It’s this great releasing of those things so that you don’t have to carry the weight of the burden of sorrow with you. The way to unburden your self is to let yourself cry and then you get to move on. 

Gratitude

I asked Stephanie how to start the process of gratitude and she knew exactly when she started. Stephanie had a friend in Arizona who was a woman from India. She had told her about her mother who never got out of bed without saying thank you before her feet even hit the floor. And something about that captured her. So Stephanie began to experiment with that. What was it like to say thank you first thing in the morning? What was it like to say thank you throughout the day? And there is a lot of ways to do that. One thing that she has just recently learned is to just sit for a few minutes, with her eyes closed, and breathe the words thank you. Inhale thank you, and exhale thank you.

Thank you doesn’t always have to be attached to something. If you can open the refrigerator and there is food in there for the day, you have a lot to be grateful for. That’s not true all over the world. If it’s raining outside and you have a roof over your head, you have a lot to be grateful for. It’s just a matter of noticing it and claiming it. Gratitude is a learned practice

We do have a lot to the grateful for. A lot of us are going crazy because of what we call a lockdown. But, what we are calling lockdown, is nothing compared to other places in the world. There are places you need a pass just to leave your house. COVID-19 has also brought some blessings. We discuss how to find ways of being grateful during this time. It really does lift your mood.

How Did you find your purpose?

It seems a lot of us struggle to find purpose as we are aging.

For Stephanie, it was trial and error. There’s usually that thing in your life that keeps circling back around and were’ so good at ignoring it. Sometimes I think that if my purpose was right in front of me, I would probably trip over it. It’s that close to us all the time. It’s not really a big treasure hunt. 

Stephanie Raffelock is a graduate of Naropa University’s program in Writing and Poetics, who has penned articles for numerous publications. A Delightful Little Book on Aging, her first book with She Writes Press, will be released in the spring of 2020. She is the host of Coffee Table Wisdom, a podcast that is a revolution in positive aging. A recent transplant to Austin, Texas she enjoys life with her husband, Dean, and their Labrador retriever, Jeter (yes, named after the great Yankee shortstop).

Her website is https://stephanieraffelock.com/

A Delightful Little Book on Aging can be found on Indie Bound, Amazon, or Barnes and Nobel

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COVID-19 and Creative Things to do at Home

 

Things to do at home

Are you looking for creative things to do at home? We have compiled a list of some interesting ideas!

Whether you are hunkering down, sheltering in place, staycationing, or whatever you term our time as we are trying to be safe during COVID-19, there is something for everyone in this list.

I covered some of the positives of COVID-19 that people who have subscribed to the Rock Your Retirement Facebook group offered in a previous podcast episode. That list is still growing, which is attributed to the creativity of our listeners Thank you for all your contributions! It is great to think positively during all of this.

Zoos and Aquariums

Live streaming from Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Atlanta Zoo has a PandaCam.

Like Meerkats?  Check out the Chattanooga Zoo's webcams which also include snow-leopards, tamarins, and spotted genets.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium‘s Mission is to Rescue Rehab and Release.  Watch them live.

Like Eagles? Check out National Eagle Center Eagle Watch Cam or Duke Farms Eagle Nest Cam

Another great place to view animals is Explore.org (fair warning, you'll have trouble choosing which cam to follow)

These four UK Zoos (Paignton Zoo) (Edinburgh Zoo) (Dublin Zoo) and (Marwell Zoo) might have active animals when your local zoo cam doesn't.

The Georgia Aquarium even has a Beluga Whale Cam

The Houston Zoo has several cams, including leafeater ants.

The Kansas City Zoo has Orangutans, Penguins, Otters, and Giraffes.

Liberty Science Center has a Tam Cam and a Naked Mole Rat Cam

National Aquarium in Washington

National Aquarium in Baltimore

Reid Park Zoo has Lions, Lemurs, Grizzly Bears, Giraffe, and Elephant Cams

Watch live and archived videos of Baboons, Penguins, Pandas, Polar Bears, Koalas, Giraffes, Owls, Tigers, and Condors from the San Diego Zoo

The Vancouver Aquarium has Otter, Jelly Fish, and Penguin Cams

Choose which live webcam you want to visit at the Wolf Conservation Center

National Parks

A virtual walking tour of five National Parks Including Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah

Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico

Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida

Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska

National Park Service Virtual Tours via NPS search

Yosemite's virtual tour is almost like being there

Theme Parks and Attractions

Virtual roaming of Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

Go for a virtual ride on a rollercoaster. YouTube is filled with rollercoaster ride recordings that let users envision themselves on attractions at Disney resorts, from the Incredicoaster at Disney's California Adventure park to the “Frozen” Ever After ride at Walt Disney World.

Go on a virtual reality experience of NASA's Space Center in Houston using NASA's free Space Center Houston app

Tour NASA's Hubble Mission Operations

A virtual tour of Blarney Castle in Cork, Ireland

Are you a Royal follower? Don't miss this virtual tour of Buckingham Palace

Take a virtual tour of the geological landmark of the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

Take clear views of renowned spots around the world like the Taj Mahal in New Delhi, IndiaEiffel Tower, and the Sydney Opera House, all while not actually traveling

Take a virtual stroll through the Royal Botanical Gardens in London using Google's Street View feature

Virtually explore the Salvador Dali Museum

Sign up for a virtual tour of Israel:  Facebook group Thursday night for taking virtual tours of Israel with licensed guides via Zoom video-conferencing software.

​​​​​​​Theaters Music and Opera

Pink Floyd and many others offer weekly live concerts during Covid-19 at Hennemusic

The Kennedy Center has recorded performances on their Digital Stage

A digital tour of some of the most beautiful theaters in the world can be found by visiting 11 Dramatic Virtual Tours of Stages Around The World

Metropolitan Opera House streaming operas at 7:30 PM EST every night they are closed- The recordings will be available on the Met Opera homepage for 20 hours after they're streamed at night.

15 Broadway Plays and Musicals you can watch from Home

Living Room Concerts:https://www.broadwayworld.com/topic/LIVING-ROOM-CONCERTS

Free lectures and concerts from the 92nd Street Y

You can watch both recorded performances and live streams at the Chamber Music Society

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Courses

Do you enjoy learning from the comfort of your home? Below are some free and low-cost ideas!

 Free online educational seminars/classes from Ivy League schools – Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, and Yale.  Educational Seminars

‘The Science of Well Being’: Yale’s most popular class ever will be available online  HERE

Chabad Jewish Knowledge Classes: https://www.chabad.org/multimedia/video_cdo/aid/2530155/jewish/Courses.htm

Free lectures and concerts from the 92nd Street Y

Stand With Us (Jewish) Webinars and Virtual Tours:  https://www.standwithus.com/connect

J Street on-line (Jewish) programming: https://jstreet.org/j-stream/#.Xnphcy2ZP-Z

Yale course: Discover Happiness

Free Code Camp has over 450 Ivy League Courses you can take right now.

Low Cost and Free Courses on Coursera

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Museums

Start with the Guggenheim Museum's virtual tour of all of its galleries through its Street View feature.

See several 360-degree exhibits from the National Museum of Natural History in D.C.

Enjoy an interactive tour of the British Museum in London

Love Van Gogh as much as I do?  Check out the virtual tour of the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam.  It holds the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh, including over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and over 750 personal letters.

Speaking of Van Gogh, when Les and I were in Los Angeles we visited the J. Paul Getty Museum.  We couldn't get to everything so we'll probably check out the virtual tour for the “Getty” as it's called in L.A.  They have a couple of his pieces there that I was able to get close to.

MoMA offers a virtual walkthrough of one of the Exhibits and select photos of permanent exhibits.

Metropolitan Museum of Art offers videos of the buildings.

You can take a virtual tour of the courtyards of the Picasso Museum

360-degree tour of The Louvre as well as a few virtual exhibit tours. A separate site, YouVisit, has a realistic 360-degree tour of several parts of the Paris museum.

The Acropolis Museum has digitized many of its ancient artifacts, from statues to marble murals. Virtual visitors can also take in panoramic views of Athens via the Street View feature.

Visit several exhibits from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

A less well-known gallery called Uffizi Gallery in Florence, houses Italy's most famous family, the de'Medicis, art. The building was designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 specifically for Cosimo I de'Medici.

Can't make it to Brazil?  That's Ok because you can visit the Museu de Arte de São Paulo virtually.  It's their first modern museum. Artworks placed on clear perspex frames make it seem like the artwork is hovering in midair.

The KunstKammer Museum in Vienna with its display of automatons.

National Museum of the US Airforce Virtual Tour

Love learning about our distant past?  Check out the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. There are 23 exhibit rooms filled with ancient artifacts, including some from the Mayan civilization.

National Aviation Museum virtual tour

National Gallery of Art:  Fashioning a Nation

National Gallery of Art:  Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting

Tour the Musée d’Orsay in Paris

One of Korea’s most popular museums, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, can be accessed as you go through six floors of Contemporary art from Korea and all over the globe

As one of Germany’s largest museums, Pergamon is home to plenty of ancient artifacts including the Ishtar Gate of Babylon and, of course, the Pergamon Altar.

Explore the masterworks from the Dutch Golden Age, including works from Vermeer and Rembrandt at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

George Washington's Mount Vernon is a US treasure. See it virtually.  Choose which doors to go through and where to “walk”.

Jefferson's Monticello also has virtual tours not to be missed!

The Smithsonian has several virtual tours that you can go on including the Crypt, the Library, and several gardens.

There is always the Air and Space Museum.

YouVisit has hundreds of tours of college campuses, weddings, hotels, and more.

Hobbies

Reading  https://bookriot.com/2016/09/15/11-websites-find-free-audiobooks-online/

Crochet

Volunteering- things such as taking towels to a shelter, donating blood, etc.

Cooking

Zoom Book Club

Podcasting

Sewing

Creating Jewelry

Puzzles

Vegging Out

Netflix: Tiger King, Frankie & Grace

News

Eating too much (I wouldn't recommend doing this regularly though)

Calling the children

Zoom cocktail hour or Zoom with family https://zoom.us/

Exercise and Sports

Yoga/Stretching

Dancing via YouTube instructionCreative things to do at home

Walking

Running

Golfing

Bicycling

DownDog Yoga App has a free trial

YMCA360 offers free video classes

Get Healthy University (low cost – not free)  offers over 150 workouts (not aerobics) for $59 a year.  You can get more classes plus live classes if you upgrade to the Gold level for $159 per year.

Beach Body On Demand offers over 1100 classes for $95 per year. Use coach number 1033746 for Andrea O'Shea who is awesome.  If you want to try the weight loss shakes, get the $160 pack and it includes a month of shakes.

Sports Movies to watch

Classic and Replays of many sports

Chores and Household Items

Cleaning closets and drawers

Trimming/Yardwork/Gardening

Looking for toilet paper (we just had to)

Painting (household)

Doing Taxes

Organizing financial information

Also, here is a link to the RV Share site I was talking about: www.RockYourRetirement.com/RVShare

Do you have any tips or ideas about creative things to do at home? Let us know what they are in the comments below! We would love to hear them!

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