Retirement and Marriage Resources

Books on Relationships and Retirement

Erma Bombeck, A Marriage Made in Heaven: Or Too Tired for An Affair. Harper Collins 1993
I first met Erma Bombeck in the pages of the New York Herald Tribune when I was a young teenager. My mother and I would read her columns and laugh at her wonderfully skewed view of life. She had the uncanny ability to look at reality and make us laugh about any situation. I think this is where I developed my attitude that the less seriously we take ourselves, the happier we’ll make our lives. Even today, if I feel down, her stories remind me that I can do something about my situation if I want to.
Ernie J. Zelinski, How to Retire Happy, Wild, and International Publishing
This book provides an inspirational guide on enjoying life to its fullest.It’s approach to the fears, hopes, and dreams that people have about retirement shows that the key to creating an active and fulfilling retirement involves a great deal more than having adequate financial resources.
The Age of Miracles by Marianne WilliamsonMarianne Williamson. The Age of Miracles: Embracing the New Midlife. Hay House, Inc. 2008
Marianne Williamson presents a unique way to look at the world. Based in the faith that she is worthy of good things, she provides ideas that help readers discover their true meaning in life and how to bring it to fruition. The positive attitude Ms. Williamson presents inspires readers to look at a situation and realize they can make it better if they choose. The Age of Miracles is particularly valuable because it inspires readers to embrace life in all of its happiness and goodness and make the best of any situation.
Core Elements of the Appreciative Way by Rober VoyleRobert and Kim Voyle, Core Elements of the Appreciative Way. Clergy Leadership Institute, 2006
Marriage, it seems, is about compromise and how to make it work for both parties, but this book shows that something must come before the compromise. In order to fully share with others, we must first know and aspire to our true purpose in life. Rob and Kim Voyle introduce a positive approach to perceiving and being in the world that enables us to succeed at our purpose. In turn, this confidence in our own path enables the individual to help others find their happiness and motivation in life.This book forms the premise of my workshops, “Discover Yourself and Stay Happily married” because it made me realize that without first meeting our own needs, it’s difficult to meet the needs of those we love–sort of like a stewardess’ reminder, “adults put your oxygen mask on first before assisting a child in the event of loss of oxygen.”

Some Other Great Resources

Love made easy by Dr. HendricksLove Made Easy
Drs. Hendricks offer a wealth of information on how to get unstuck and return to happiness in a relationship. They are an International Learning Center that teaches core skills for conscious living and conscious loving. Their work over the past three decades has been to assist people in opening to more creativity, love, and vitality through the power of conscious relationship and whole-person learning.
Mary Eileen Williams - Feisty Side of Fifty Feisty After Fifty: Celebrating Women 50 and Better
In her blog, Eileen Williams adds humor and sass to the responsibilities of being mature.