140: Your Happiness Portfolio for Retirement with Marianne Oehser

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Marianne Oehser is a certified retirement and relationship specialist who focuses on assisting people find happiness in the post-career phase of their lives. She has dedicated her career to studying how people navigate transitions in adult life, especially retirement, and how they impact our happiness and relationships.

In her book, Your Happiness Portfolio for Retirement: It’s Not About the Money!, she shows you how to make the post-career phase of your life the happiest and most fulfilling time of your life. She explores how to prepare for the time you’ll have in retirement before you actually get there — to live in service of mission, vision, value, and purpose.

Marianne joins the podcast to talk about the unique challenges that people face as they enter retirement, how to build your happiness portfolio, and what you can do to find your flow state at every stage of life.

In this podcast interview, you’ll learn:

  • What led Marianne to add retirement coaching to her relationship coaching practice – and how these two lines of work overlap.
  • Why so many relationships are ending in “gray divorce” – and how small problems between couples become major issues in retirement.
  • How to craft your retirement around the things you like to do and not what you hated about your job, even if you’re living the job optional lifestyle.
  • Why so many people end up in a “retirement funk” a few years after leaving full-time jobs – and what to do about it.

Inspiring Quote

  • “If you can think of something that you do, where you lose track of time, where it’s just effortless to do because you’re enjoying it, that’s something you have a passion for. And then if you can combine that with results that somebody else will give you, that you will give to somebody else, you have a purpose.” – Marianne Oehser

Interview Resources


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