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Full Time Social Director: Debbie Brown Episode 15

Debbie Brown will talk to us about how you can become a full-time social director in your own church. You can listen to the show at http://rockyourretirement.libsyn.com/full-time-social-director-episode-015

How did Debbie Brown Become a Full-Time Social Director of her church?

Debbie Brown started her career as a banker teaching computers to other bankers.  After 14 years, her husband, who was the principal of a private school, asked her to come work at his school as a teacher. Debbie was a schoolteacher for students from 6th grade up through 12th grade in private and public schools. After 30 years of teaching Debbie retired in

2015.  That's when she became a full-time Social Director for the church.  Now she spends time visiting church members and spreading happiness and joy.  What a great way to spend retirement!

SOCIAL AND FAMILY

  • Now that Debbie is retired, she loves being able to spend time with her family and watch her grand kids.
  • As a retiree, she can spend time planning meals and cooking.
  • She really is a full-time social director: She has Oscar parties each year complete with a red carpet and swag bags!

ADVENTURE AND TRAVEL

  • Debbie enjoys being able to travel whenever she wants to and being in control of her own time, this is one of the best advantages of being retired!  You can do this too.
  • She loves to go on cruises with her husband and children.  Even if you do not have a family, you can go on cruises too!  There are cruising companies that cater to singles.
  • She likes to take mini vacations during the week when everyone is working and it is less crowded.  What a great idea!   Retirees have more control over their schedule so can go places when there are fewer people there.

VOLUNTEER AND PHILANTHROPY

  • Debbie is a Pastor’s Wife and spends time on church activities and visiting with people, she's the unofficial social director of the church.   Think about it.  ANYONE could become an unofficial full-time social director.  YOU could do this at your own place of worship!
  • She is planning on starting her own Bible study, which will help the members get together more often than once a week and will help them learn more about the beliefs of the church, whose membership has a wide diversity of backgrounds.

HEALTH

  • Staying active and healthy is important to Debbie. She does not want to be too sick or frail to play with her grandchildren and do the things she loves.
  • She works out 3 days a week and has started working with a personal trainer.

What do you think people should know BEFORE they retire?

  • You can live on less money and it all works out so you can still do what you want.

We have a lot of listeners who are new retirees or maybe feel stuck in their lives at the moment.  If you were sitting across the table from a new retiree, what’s the one piece of advice that you would give to have a successful retirement?

  • Get involved. Get involved in your community, with your family, church – just get involved. Don’t just sit around and stare at the computer or stare at the TV.  (I can personally learn a lot from this advice!)

Contact information: http://www.lakechurch.org/

Deal with Pain through Hugs and Laughter #003

Dealing with pain is one of the toughest thing to do. But did you know that you can make it easier to deal with pain through hugs and laughter? You can listen to the show at http://rockyourretirement.libsyn.com/deal-with-pain-through-hugs-and-laughter-episode-003

Deal with Pain through Hugs and Laughter

Joyce Leverich was working as a Legal Secretary for the corporate department of a large law firm.  Her friends were met at work.  Gradually she found that her back problems caused her to retire in her early 60s.   The pain was so great that she found it difficult to do anything.  Because of the pain she became depressed and wasn't sure what she was going to do to get out of her slump.  Not only that, but all of her friends were working, and she was home alone.  She went through a pain management clinic who taught her how to cope with the pain and how “getting out” is the most important thing to deal with depression.  She still deals with chronic pain, but she learned how to deal with pain through hugs and laughter.

Socializing is a great way, according to Joyce, to deal with depression.

After she moved to San Diego with her husband, she searched the Internet for social groups.  She found some couples groups, but also found a group that was specifically for women.  An opportunity arose that allowed her to take over that Meetup group that was floundering.  After taking over the group, she decided that she would have activities, and if even ONE other woman decided to join her in an event, she would get together and spend time with that woman.

The group started off slow, and the first woman she met for coffee never came back.  Joyce was afraid that the group would end because of that, but she didn't despair.  She kept posting events, and the group flourished.

She took that group and turned it into a massively successful, and very active woman's group that meets weekly.  Not everyone attends weekly, but all the members are active in the group.

And they all deal with pain through hugs and laughter.

Some of the pain is physical, and some of it is emotional.  Really, the group is about having friends and having fun!

The group volunteers, has line danced, gone bowling, and do all kinds of things.  There are 20 or 30 women who help post activities.   A lot of women in the group deal with pain through using hugs and laughter.

Learn how she grew the group in today's episode of Rock Your Retirement.

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