Re-purposing ~ NOT Retiring!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Beam & Branch Realty TREC #547752

Re-purposing ~ NOT Retiring!


My husband and I are at the age where many of our friends are "retiring". Some are taking early retirement packages and others are simply ready to move on. As we have been attending various retirement celebrations, it occurred to me that for most they are not really "retiring", rather they are RE-PURPOSING their lives.


As we all have worked and toiled in mostly specific types of work, to re-purpose then means to do an entirely different or new thing. This is exciting! For myself personally, I don't ever plan to retire! I plan on staying busy and active no matter what I am doing.


The dictionary defines the word Re-purpose as:


To adapt for use in a different purpose.


Retirement on the other hand means to cease an activity! I don't plan to cease being active at all! Not until I am 6 feet under that is. 


Do you think about your re-purposing time? Have you made plans? What steps do you need to make in order to re-purpose your life?


Why not spend a little time reflecting on these questions? Being intentional about your future is so important! The rest of your life depends on it!




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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

After 30 years in a corporate job, I repurposed my life at age 50 and here I have been since then! I think changing things up is a great way to keep us young.

Oct 09, 2016 09:55 PM #31
Raul Rodriguez
Covenant Partners Realty - San Antonio, TX
Looking out for the client's interest and not my p

2007 was the year that my re-purposing in life began. After 36 years in sales I stepped away to take care of my wife, thankfully she recovered from her situation and I found myself with nothing to do. Thus came about my new career in real estate, isn't life funny, how things work out.

Oct 09, 2016 11:00 PM #32
L. Scott Ferguson
Ask4Ferguson - Your House-SOLD Name in Real Estate - West Palm Beach, FL
Sunny Florida Real Estate Professional

Paula! Great featured post! 


Repurposing! I love it!



Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe!

Oct 09, 2016 11:16 PM #33
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

I've seen friends "retire" and they end up busier than before, usually with something that they now don't get paid for. More often than not, they go work at something part time because they don't feel useful and, often, get taken advantage of IMHO. This is definitely something to think about when you plan to "re-purpose".

Oct 09, 2016 11:18 PM #34
Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

My husband found that you really have to "work" at the retirement thing.  The last two years of his career were spent working 28 days in Tunisia/Egypt and then 28 days home.  This was an awesome way to "plan" the retirement and to actually see what it took to keep him occupied.  I don't plan on retiring.  Training a new agent to take over some of the work, but I still love what I do.  Not going anywhere as long as the health holds up!


Oct 10, 2016 12:07 AM #35
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

My husband has re-purposed his life a couple of times since taking an early retirement in 2005. First, he taught our kids during the high school years. We were a homeschool family. Second, he got his real estate license three years ago and joined me in the business. Like you, I don't plan on retiring ever. I operate an independent brokerage now that just consists of my husband and I as agents. I will probably add agents to the firm when I decide to move into re-purposing my life and my business.

Oct 10, 2016 12:20 AM #36
Brian Schulman
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552

I have repurposed several times in my life, and expect that it will not be my last.  The operative word in repurposing is continuing to have a PURPOSE for living.

Oct 10, 2016 01:24 AM #37
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Many have to find their "purpose" when they retire or they will be lost. "Repurposing" is a great word to describe reinventing your life. 

Oct 10, 2016 02:21 AM #38
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Paula, my wife and I are in a 5 years left exit strategy and I agree that re-purposing and not retiring is what keeps us vital.

Oct 10, 2016 05:02 AM #41
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

The list of things I had planned to do when I retire had been growing so long that I've decided not to wait, and to incorporate many of those things in my life right now. I'm not planning for "retirement" or "repurposing" or anything remotely similar. I'll still have my fingers in real estate on my deathbed. Retirement is under-rated.

Oct 10, 2016 08:14 AM #42
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

My wife changed her life focus a couple of years ago.  I just modify the degree of activity I choose to work.  We want to enjoy our fruits of labors yet still have focus on something to do

Oct 10, 2016 12:08 PM #43
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Paula,

No way I can re-purpose any time soon, but more power to those, who do. I know a couple, who both got down-sized in their early 40s & inherited substantially right after. Since they do not have children, they have been traveling ever since. Not sure, if that would be for me, but after a couple of 100 hour weeks in the summer, I am a smidge envious.

Oct 10, 2016 12:11 PM #44
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

I tried retiring for 2 years and it didn't work, so I restarted my business and am having more fun than ever. I'm busy enjoying life and grateful for the Blessings my family has received. Life is good when you're having fun and having fun is a choice, isn't it?

Oct 10, 2016 06:50 PM #45
Terry McCarley
REMAX Realty Team - Cape Coral FL - Cape Coral, FL

I had plans to retire at 50 but the economy and divorce changed all that.  I will be working until I die but still stopping to smell the roses along the way

Oct 10, 2016 10:20 PM #46
Paul McFadden
Paratex - Seattle, WA
Pest Control, Seattle, WA.

Amen! I think this is always important. I don't know what I'd do if I were retired. I like to work and stay busy.

Oct 10, 2016 10:49 PM #47
Sellstate Partners Realty - Cooper City, FL
Selling Broward County Homes with Passion!

I'm also at that age and am often asked 'when are you retiring'? Always surprised with the question because I enjoy what I do. Good Post!

Oct 10, 2016 11:49 PM #48
Donna Quinlan
Keller Williams Realty - Newburyport, MA
Keller Williams Real Estate Agent Career Consultan

Hi Paula - I love the word re-purpose! I like new beginnings. Who knows what exciting adventures are ahead!

Oct 11, 2016 01:24 AM #49
Ann Wilkins
Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty - Oakland, CA
Oakland, Berkeley, Piedmont CA

Great post.  I play a game called pickleball a few mornings a week and on the weekend and have spent a lot of time with the most active retired people that you will ever meet.  Trying to do fun and enjoyable things right now ...and not wait for "retirement".    

Oct 11, 2016 03:33 AM #50
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

I like your use of words; yes, I have thought about it.

Oct 11, 2016 05:47 AM #51
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I love the post. Many of my friends have retired. I will use your words when I talk to them. They will love it.

Oct 13, 2016 08:55 PM #52
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