Retirement Can Keep You Busy

Your lives are filled with jobs, creative ventures and intellectual enjoyment.

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For retirees, volunteering is a major source of satisfaction (see The Virtues of Volunteering). But you’re also involved in other activities that are just as rewarding. In fact, many of you have found your sense of purpose in going back to work—sometimes as an extension of a long career and sometimes in a brand-new role.

For some of you, entrepreneurship was the lure. After 30 years in the corporate world, Matthew Werner moved from Maryland to North Carolina and started a commercial photography business. Gary Wallin left a middle-management job and partnered with his son and daughter to invest in apartment buildings.

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Janet Bodnar

Janet Bodnar is editor-at-large of Kiplinger's Personal Finance, a position she assumed after retiring as editor of the magazine after eight years at the helm. She is a nationally recognized expert on the subjects of women and money, children's and family finances, and financial literacy. She is the author of two books, Money Smart Women and Raising Money Smart Kids. As editor-at-large, she writes two popular columns for Kiplinger, "Money Smart Women" and "Living in Retirement." Bodnar is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University and is a member of its Board of Trustees. She received her master's degree from Columbia University, where she was also a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business and Economics Journalism.