A Purposeful Quest The search for purpose—living a life on purpose—is a quest for uniqueness. There is arguably no nobler or more satisfying quest than to discover your reason for being and how to use it to benefit the world around you. However, there are no shortcuts in this quest. There are no easy answers. We don’t call it a purpose vacation or joy ride; we call it a purpose quest. Living and working on purpose is not easy, nor can it be achieved in a single step. It’s a process that works only if you work it.
Your purpose is present—and has been present—throughout your life, and this session will help you to:
- identify role models who have lived a life of purpose
- explore the steps involved in claiming your life purpose
- uncover what anchors and inspires you in life
- create actionable steps for living a life on purpose
Peer Panel Having doubts? Wondering how you’ll manage? In this session, you will meet a diverse group of individuals who have transitioned into a variety of fulfilling post-career lives. Some have recently retired from careers and positions, others moved on some time ago. What both unites them and makes them unique are the stories of how they transitioned from one life chapter to another. You’ll learn how they are integrating work, helping others, and incorporating personal interests and passions into lives of meaning and purpose. These peer “travelers” are sure to inspire!
Now What? No, Really. Now What? So you’ve done your retirement homework: you’ve put your finances in order, identified your priorities, decided where you’ll live, and set a target date. You may even have told your employer. So far, so good. Now comes the hard part?—maybe the hardest part of all. But you can’t hesitate, even though you’re still working and believe that you “don’t have time yet.” This final session will help you focus on the precise steps necessary to turn all that planning into a satisfying reality. The tasks will sound so easy on paper that you’ll be tempted to put them off. But they’re the difference between writing “clean out the garage’’ on your to-do list and actually getting it done?—without exhausting yourself, your patience, or your emotional strength. These steps are key to beginning the next phase of your life painlessly, joyfully.
Closing Reception Open to all Encore Transitions participants and alumni (2010−2017), this celebratory reception offers the opportunity to socialize and make connections with Encore peers, panelists, the day’s instructors, and a host of organizations dedicated to serving the Encore community. The University of Minnesota Bookstore also will be on site with a bevy of books available for purchase. Reception includes cash bar and light refreshments. RSVP no later than June 21.
This course is part of a series. Take all four courses ($475) or single courses ($140). ?Tuition includes meals. No discounts. To learn more, visit Encore Transitions: The Series.
Barbara Hoese, MBC, University of St. Thomas; CPCC, Coaches Training Institute, is a certified life and executive coach and president of Pentecore Coaching. She has given presentations for organizations such as the University of Minnesota, the American Academy of Neurology, TCF Bank, and Medtronic, and led workshops for the Community Makeover Project in conjunction with Blue Zones and AARP.
Catherine Watson, MA, University of St. Thomas; BA, University of Minnesota, is the recipient of the College of Continuing Education’s Distinguished Educator Award. She is the former travel editor of the Star Tribune and a recipient of the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist and Photographer of the Year distinctions. Watson’s most recent book is Home on the Road: Further Dispatches from the Ends of the Earth (Syren, 2007).