It’s that time again! For the last five years I have considered it a privilege to scour the internet to find what I consider to be the best blogs and websites I can find. Like SMART Living 365, these are personal blogs and not commercially driven websites to make money. I tend to focus on the topics of positive aging and retirement but I decided to include all my favorites this year. Why not? And while my list certainly doesn’t contain all the sites available on these topics, I think that they are noteworthy and offer thoughtful, creative and provocative insights.
While some are the same from past years, as always, I have added some new ones and trimmed a few old ones that are no longer active. Thank you to each of the authors and creators who put in the time and effort to provide such helpful ideas and information while sharing their lives and experiences with all of us throughout the year. They cost nothing except the time to read. Taken together I believe that those of us who ingest the wisdom found in these sites will surely benefit with a healthier, happier, contented and SMART life as the years go by. *See the end of this post for some of the other criteria I use to select these blogs.
Blogs & Websites for A Positive Retirement
(new) Retirement Coffee Shop is written by Mitch Davis who retired in 2019 from the federal government and is now in “pursuit of the best life possible.”
(new) The Retired Alchemist is a site where Marian traverses her current phase of life writing about things that will encourage and inspire us as we transform our career life into a retirement lifestyle that enriches us so that we can look back and say “what a ride.”
My Satisfying Retirement. Bob Lowry regularly shares content that raises questions and provides answers about life, retirement and aging while he does his best to “make the most of today and what is still to come.”
Retirement Reflections Donna retired in 2015. To document this transition, Retirement Reflections was born. Over six years later, Donna retains her focus on new discoveries, healthy living and gratitude.
Retirementally Challenged A blog written by Janis who shares her passion for photography, travel, relationships, gratitude and whatever else pops into her head (even, sometimes, issues surrounding retirement and aging). She also includes a number of her short stories which I personally like.
Sightings Over Sixty Where Boomer Tom Sightings offers his insights as he looks at health, finance, retirement, grown-up children and how time flies.
Picture Retirement A blog written by Suzanne and Malcolm that is reflective of the shared interests and hobbies that enrich their days and provide structure and fulfillment to their constantly evolving retirement journey.
Retirement Confidential is a written by Donna, writer and speaker, who is a two-time cancer survivor in hot pursuit of a long, healthy and happy life.
A Retirement Blog by Caree Risover Caree is from the U.K. and writes about retirement—from planning to implementation to the eventual enjoyment.
Retirement Transition Follow Pat’s journey as she transitions through retirement while envisioning and implementing life’s next stage.
Retires Great A blog/website where Debbie and Shannon focus on helping everyone achieve a retirement (and life) filled with passion and purpose.
Cresting the Hill Follow Leanne’s (early) retirement journey. This is a great place to find inspiration, toss out Midlife crisis and replace it with Midlife contentment and connection.
Positive Aging No Matter What Your Age
(new) Spo-Reflections A blog where Michael Charles writes his reflections on life, his work and his experiences—with a touch of humor along the way.
(new) A Boomer Girl’s Guide—Embracing my 70s This blog is written by Juhli who, when she couldn’t find a guide for moving through this phase of life, decided to create her own. Here she contemplates getting older while staying healthy happy and have the life that fits her right now.
(new) The Misadventures of Widowhood—Jean is a widow and senior citizen who is seeking to live out her days with a sense of whimsy as she searches for inner peace and friendships.
(new) Second Wind Leisure Perspectives Terri Webster Schrandt’s blog about living a leisure lifestyle from a woman who is a retired recreation and parks practitioner.
Sixty and Me Produced to empower and motivate women to find their own voice and value in a transitional time of life that offers so much new opportunity.
Boomer Highway According to Beth life is like a buzzing highway: adult children, grandchildren, aging parents–your own age. How can we slow it down and keep it safe on that highway?
Galen Pearl is a site written by Galen who is a Spiritual director, guide, teacher and student, martial artist, writer, explorer of the Dao De Jing and other wisdom teachings, embracer of life’s mystery —who along the way points out that the “no way” is often the way.
The Widow Badass Blog Written by Deb, this blog is as Forest Gump says, Life is like a bowl of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”
So What? Now What? Christie is a self-professed goal setting, list making, self-improvement addict. Her blog is her way of (publicly) sorting out the answer to the question ‘What Now?” Her mission is: live, laugh, learn and love.
Muddling Through Middle Age Author Anne Coleman writes about the changes and issues found in middle age along with learning to recognize and appreciate the positive aspects of aging.
Deb’s World A blog about midlife, travel, adventure – and all things in between. Enthusiastic, energetic and always seeing the positive, Deb’s goal with her blog is to make readers smile, inspire each other and connect.
Other Favorite And SMART Blogs I Follow
Intentional Travelers where Michelle and Jedd Chang inspire and equipping people to pursue life-changing experiences around the world.
Roaming About Liesbet and Mark have been perpetual nomads since 2003 – and are currently through South America in a truck camper with their rescue dog, Maya. As lifetime adventurers, they are self-employed, maintain a tight budget and inspire others to live a life less ordinary.
Everyday Gyaan–by Corinne Rodriguez whose site is dedicated to keeping life simple, authentic and holistic all the way from India.
Carol A. Cassara Writer – is written by Carol Cassara who shares her amazing insights and inspiration on travel, spirituality, dogs and more.
We all have many choices about what we do with our time. But if we are going to be reading or staring at any “screen” then let’s be reading things that are about aging well, happy and peacefully at every stage of our lives. I think all these websites fit those needs. So, please accept this list as my year-end gift to all my SMART Living 365 readers for 2022. I can’t wait to see who shows up in 2023!
* When selecting I tend to focus on sites that:
- Share thoughts that I personally believe engage, inspire, or encourage us as we move through life—aging and living well.
- Puts the perspective on the benefits, latest research, good news, and opportunities surrounding aging, retirement and healthy at any age.
- Offer a distinctive perspective on living, saving and/or traveling as we age.
- Aren’t overly technical or financial—and instead shines the light on the mental, physical, emotional and sometimes spiritual evolution of aging.
- Avoids commercialism along with annoying ads or lots of self-promotion.
- Regularly and consistently adds content (If a blog hasn’t posted anything in a month or more—it won’t be on this list.)
- Avoid sites that focus on fashion, food or politics!
- Are written by women I generally like and appreciate (and yes some are personal friends!)