049: How to Live Your Next3rd with Kris Van Der Pas-Norenius

Kris Van Der Pas-Norenius sold her successful business at the age of 55 – and learned a lot of things about retirement the hard way. In the years that followed, she studied and became certified with Retirement Options, then founded Next3rd to help others learn from her experiences and expertise.

At Next3rd, she blogs, connects with followers across Facebook and Twitter, publishes a newsletter, and gives speaking engagements to change how people perceive – and live through – retirement. She helps others cope with loss of identity in retirement, not knowing when it might be your turn, and how to live a purposeful, fulfilling life after your major professional career comes to an end.

I’ve been sharing Kris’s articles for a while now. Today, she joins the podcast to share the difficult questions she found herself asking after she retired, what she discovered about herself the moment she retired, why “rest and relaxation” is often anything but – and how to give, contribute, do, and be more in the last third of your life.

In this podcast interview, you’ll learn:

  • What Kris’s transition into retirement looked like – and what she learned along the way, and what she would have done differently if she had to retire again.
  • Why Kris sees depression as the #1 mental malady of retirement – and what to do about it.
  • The common “ageist attitudes” that retirees often think about themselves – and how to get out of these mental traps.
  • Why Kris has created Retirement Circles to help people talk about – and become the people they want to be – in retirement.
  • How Kris helps someone who’s never set a goal, get started – and the importance and power of self-direction.
  • How Kris met her financial planner – and why trust, expertise, and education helped them build their ongoing, two-way working relationship.

Inspiring Quotes

“The life plan informs the financial plan, but the financial plan may need to adjust the life plan depending on the resources available.” – Kris van der Pas-Norenius

Interview Resources

Pillow Talk at Tulips & Maple: The Inside Scoop on Cocktail Parties
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change


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