Find Your Passion – Make the Creative Work Connection

   Rivers can provide us answers to our questions. All too often rivers prompt us to ask better questions. What is your passion (s)? What are the creative work connections to your passion(s)?

    I’m reminded ours is a nation of work as I slide back into my hammock hung between two ancient pines. Turning on my side I ask my question directly to the river. How do I find my passion (s) and my creative work connection (s)? A hawk lands effortlessly on a nearby branch. Sunlight reveals itself between leaves causing me to squint.

    You likely have one or more passions. Please close your eyes for a moment and reflect back on your kindergarten class, what did like doing over and over again?  Look over your old report cards, seek advice from friends and family, and identify what elective courses you took in college.

  1. What groups do you belong to?
  2. Look at your resume with a creative eye
  3. Examine your book shelf
  4. Review websites, and magazines you read frequently
  5. Visit the book store and wander the isles looking for hints
  6. Make a list of your favorite movies
  7. Make a list of things you know a lot about, combine them in a new way

    Please avoid the temptation to rush to judgment, be patient with yourself. Once you have found your passion begin exploring the creative work connection for compensation or not. The following are examples of retirees that have found their passion and made the creative work connection.


Creative Expression – The Fine Arts

Are you the……………

The Retired Part-time Oil Painter                                                                                             

The Semi-retired Part-time Sculptor                                                                                          

The Semi-retired Part-time Woodworker                                                                                  

The Retired Part-time Glass Blower                                                                                         

The Retired Part-time Tile Mosaic Maker                                                                                

The Retired Part-time Gourd Decorator & Mask Maker                                                          

The Retired Part-time Fiber Artist                                                                                            

Perhaps Creative Written Expression – The Arts

Are you the……………

The Retired Part-time Travel Writer                                                                                         

The Semi-retired Full-time Photographer

The Semi-retired Full-time Novelist                                                                                           

The Retired Part-time Public Relations/Graphic Designer                                                          

The Retired Part-time “How To” Reference Writer

The Retired Part-time Cartoonist

Are you the……Creative Business Owner – Especially good medicine for high powered executives

The Semi-retired Full-time Goat Herder/Brush Removal Services Owner                                   

The Semi-retired Full-time Small Engine Repair Shop Owner                                                     

The Semi-retired Full-time Online Publisher                                                                               

The Retired Part-time Custom Picture Frame Shop Owner                                                       

The Retired Part-time Interior Design Consultation Firm Owner                                                

The Retired Part-time Wine Distributor                                                                                    

The Retired Part-time Sports Memorabilia Collection Owner                                                    

The Retired Part-time Mobile Knife Sharpening Services Owner                                              

The Semi-retired Part-time Custom Wrought Iron Gates Shop Owner                                        

The Semi-retired Full-time Bicycle Repair Shop Owner                                                             

The Semi-retired Full-time Martial Arts Studio Owner                                                               

The Retired Full-time Art Supplies Store Owner                                                                       

The Retired Part-time Mobile Locksmith Services Owner                                                         

The Retired Part-time Mobile Automobile Windshield Repair Services Owner                          

The Retired Part-time Back Country Horseman/Fishing Guide                                                  

The Retired Part-time Cheese Maker/Shop Owner                                                                  

The Semi-retired Full-time Outdoor Recreation Equipment Rentals Owner                                 

The Retired Part-time Snow Removal Services Owner                                                             

The Semi-retired Full-time Barber Shop Owner                                                                         

The Semi-retired Full-time Thrift & Vintage Store Owner                                                           

The Semi-retired Full-time Bed & Breakfast Owner                                                                   

The Retired Full-time Triplex Managers/Owners                                                                       

The Retired Part-time Motorcycle Mechanic Shop Owner                                                        

PERHAPS YOUR PASSION IS? Creative Expression – The Performance Arts

Are you the……………

The Retired Part-time Folk Musician                                                                                        

The Retired Part-time Community Theater Actor                                                                      

The Semi-retired Full-time Barber Shop Quartet Singer                                                             

The Retired Part-time Magician/Juggler                                                                                    

The Retired Part-time Tourist “Show Actor”                                                                            

The Retired Part-time Face Painter                                                                                          

OR Creative Expression – Arts & Crafts

Are you the……………

The Retired Part-time Bird House Maker                                                                                 

The Semi-retired Full-time Jewelry Maker                                                                                 

The Semi-retired Full-time Quilt Maker                                                                                     

The Retired Part-time Pottery Maker                                                                                       

The Retired Part-time Glass Blower                                                                                         

The Retired Part-time Basket Weaver                                                                                      

The Retired Part-time Knitting/Tie Dye Artist                                                                           

The Retired Part-time Leather Work Craftsman                                                                       

The Retired Part-time Soap/Incense Maker                                                                              

PERHAPS YOUR PASSION IS? Creative Expression – Hobbies

Are you the……………

The Retired Part-time Fisherman: Bass Fishing, Fly Fishing, Tying Flies                                     

The Semi-retired Part-time Collector: Coins, Stamps, Rocks, Antiques                                      

The Semi-retired Part-time Ham Radio Operator                                                                       

The Retired Part-time Bonsai/Organic Gardner                                                                         

The Retired Part-time Chess, Billiards, Cards, Darts, Ping Pong Master                                    

The Retired Part-time Bowler, Golfer, Tennis Player                                                                 

The Retired Part-time Archer, Badminton Master                                                                     

The Retired Part-time Cricket, Croquet, Shuffleboard Master                                                   

The Semi-retired – Part-time Swimming, Horseback Riding Enthusiast                                       

The Retired Part-time Reading, Astronomy, Bird Watching Enthusiast                                       

OR PERHAPS Creative – Self Expression 

Are you the……………

The Retired Part-time International Traveler                                                                             

The Semi-retired Part-time Yoga Enthusiast                                                                               

The Semi-retired Part-time Tai Chi Enthusiast                                                                            

The Retired Part-time Volunteer: Church, Local Organizations                                                  

The Retired Part-time Blogger                                                                                                  

The Retired Part-time Museum Enthusiast, Docent                                                                   

The Retired Part-time Amateur Chef                                                                                        

The Retired Part-time Political Activists

    These are just a sampling of creative work connections available to retirees for compensation or not. Once you’ve discovered your passion, and made the creative work connection you get to perform creative work, keeping yourself as busy as you want to be.


About Roger O'Keefe

My background is in education and finance. I'm a published author and photographer, former radio talk show host, and creative retirement planning expert. My work is a love of labor, I do not sell any products of any kind. I've appeared as a guest on more than 50 national and local television and radio shows. With a Masters in education, I'm a licensed educator and author of the “Future Bright Program” and the California State Department of Education “Teacher Appreciation Program.” I'm a member of the American Association of Retired Persons and the National Care Planning Council NCPC. I'm currently writing my second book and reside in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. My mission is to reshape retirement planning one person at a time. Please visit my website and take advantage of the many complimentary online seminars, resources, and retirement planning tools.
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