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RE 15: Painting in Retirement

Photo of Agnes Parcesepe who tells us about Painting in Retirement.The common belief is that artists have to starve for years before becoming successful.

Agnes Parcesepe is living proof that it doesn’t have to be the case. She started painting young, and is still painting in retirement.

Agnes talks about her progress from simply liking art in her youth, to taking up painting later in life. She then transitioned from student to teacher in a few short years. This artist has won a myriad of competitions, she's had international exhibitions, and patrons have purchased her paintings purchased and hung them all round the world. Amazing stuff when you stop to think about it.

She has a passion for creativity and painting, and love of the natural world.

This is not to say she makes her living painting, because she doesn't.  But that isn't her objective anyway. The objective doesn't have to be money when you are painting in retirement .  Agnes'  intense drive to improve and commitment to complete projects has funded her hobby and given her immeasurable satisfaction and a part income.

Henry and Agnes discuss how to take YOU can take up painting in retirement.  They tell you what your first steps need to be, how and where to learn, and then how to become better known and how to market your works.

You might ask…”What medium should I use”?  Agnes very strongly recommends experimenting with a wide variety of mediums to really establish which you like best and which one suits your style and subject matter.

Painting in Retirement does not cost a lot to enter, and it is also relatively portable.

Like photography or bird watching you can engage in painting or drawing at home, on holiday, in the city, in the country … anywhere.

You can see Agnes’ works on her website at www.agili.com.au or contact her if you like at seahorse@agili.com.au

At one point in the interview Henry and Agnes discuss a health related issue that Agnes has been overcoming with natural therapies. You can listen to the episode by clicking on the play button or subscribing on your smartphone.

Join the conversation!  Tell us what you think in the comment box below!

Special Thanks to:

  • Angie Strehlow who helps us get great guests that help us with our retirement lifestyle while keeping everything on track…and helps with these show notes!
  • Les Briney, my husband, and Danny Ozment of Emerald City Pro who edits the show and makes my guests and me sound terrific
  • Henry Shapiro, host of Retired Excited that airs on Fridays
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Get out and Do Something! Episode 007

What to do after retirement? Teri Lippert gives advice on what to do after retirement based on her experience. You can listen to the show at http://rockyourretirement.libsyn.com/get-out-and-do-something-episode-007

Get out and Do Something!

Get out and Do Something

Why is Teri's advice to get out and do something?  Before Teri Lippert retired always had a volunteer spirit.  She worked for the Girl Scouts program and had planned on working for a few more years before retirement.  However, after working 14

hour days and dealing with some difficult work situations, she decided to retire early while she was still young enough to travel and do other things that she wanted to do.

Luckily, she had planned well financially and was able to do this.  But what was she going to do with her time?  When she was working, she had NO HOBBIES.  Her work was her entire life.  After a year, she started feeling depressed and figured that she’d better figure it out, so used her work skills to find out how to Rock her Retirement.   She knew that she had to get out and do something.  So she did.  She is now Rocking her Retirement in the following areas:

Social and Family:

  • Teri did some research and joined the Riverside Women’s Club. The Riverside Women’s Club is celebrating their 128th The group is under the California Federation of Women's Clubs, which is under the General Federation of Women's Clubs.  There are Women’s Clubs all over the United States, and you do not have to be retired to join.
  • The Riverside Women’s club was formed in 1896 and now has about 62 members. Terri will find out if she gets elected as president of the club in April 2016.
  • Teri was elected to the to serve as membership chair with the club which was honored by earning the coveted SHOE award and is currently serving as the first Vice President or Dean.
  • The club serves over a hundred charities in the Riverside area.
  • Teri mentioned that she cannot have the club be her entire social life because she doesn’t feel that this is healthy so has outside activities that she does as well
  • Teri realizes that she needs to balance the time she spends with her social activities, hobbies, and still have time for her family. She schedules time in her calendar so that she makes time for everything and everyone in her life, including her sister, Barbara Lippert.

Adventure and Travel:

  • Teri and her partner travel extensively, mostly throughout the USA since they have a time share. They normally take one big trip a year and 3 smaller trips.  This definitely helps her get out and do something!
  • Since they have a time share, there are over 300 properties where they can stay, and they enjoy finding new places to visit.
  • Her favorite trip so far was New Orleans. They loved it because of the jazz music, the above-ground cemeteries, and of course the food.  Not only do they travel by land, but they are also planning a cruise for September 2016.

Volunteer and Philanthropy:

  • Teri found the Women’s Club by going to VolunteerMatch.com
  • Many times you can also find ways to volunteer by going to your city’s website.
  • Teri’s social life is tied to her volunteer work. The club serves over 100 charities in Riverside County and so through her social activities at the Riverside Women’s Club, she also volunteers to help charities and helps fund them as well.

Spirit, Soul and Health: 

  • Teri mentioned her spiritual work and her readings
  • She belongs to WOW (Women out Walking) to keep fit and participates in walking fundraisers such as Make a Wish, Walking with animals, and other charitable events.  This helps her get out and do something!
  • She also gardens, which is an exercise for the body and soul.
  • Terri is learning to Paint and even won 2nd prize in an art contest.

Teri’s advice to pre-retirees: Before you retire, start exploring things that you might be interested.

Teri’s advice if you feel stuck in retirement:

  • Don’t be hard on yourself.
  • Make a list of things that you might want to do.
  • Try one or more of them to see if you like it.
  • Check out what your city offers to seniors.
  • Keep in mind that Senior Centers are not for old people.
  • Get into action if you get depressed. Make a phone call.  Get on the Internet.  Make a list of gratitude.
  • When you newly retired, it could take some time to get into the groove.
  • Get out and do something, even if it’s just a walk around the block.

For more information on Teri’s club go to: http://www.riversidewomansclub.com.

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