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Author Archives: Steve Richards

Steve Richards works on Strategy for Workplace Services for a large systems integrator and spend his time with his wife and four daughters, hiking, reading, eating out and walking on the beach.

Favourite Walks – Rivington Lowlands

The Rivington Reservoir system provides me with a perfect local walking location.  It’s only a 40 minute drive from my breakfast cafe of choice and yet is a fair substitute for the Lake District that’s twice the distance and twice as busy.  It doesn’t provide the variety of the Lakes of course, but provided you […]

The 100 Best Walks Challenge – Windermere’s Brant Fell to School Knott

One of my first retirement challenges is to complete 100 of the best walks in the UK, as a way to increase my fitness, but also as a way to introduce myself to many areas of the UK that I’ve not visited before.  As my fitness builds I’m going to be starting 100 of the […]

One Week In – First Thoughts On Retirement

I’ve just completed my first full week of retirement and my first impression was that not much had changed.  I’ve been winding down for years and the last few months while recovering from a bad flare involved very little work.  My first impression then was that this first week had been just more of the […]

My First 30 Day Challenge: Visiting A Different Cafe Every Day

As I explained in my last post, I’m embarking on a series of 30 day challenges and my first is close to my heart, cafes.  I love visiting cafes, sampling the atmosphere and relaxing while chatting, eating, reading and writing.  I must admit though to enjoying the routine of mostly visiting my local handful.  This […]

30 Day Challenges

From what I’ve been reading 30 days is the minimum length of time that it typically takes to establish a new habit or to replace an old one.  30 day challenges sound like a good way to have fun with the idea, and adding a few challenges into my life is definitely something that’s an […]

Living On A Fixed Income

Now that I’ve retired from traditional work I have to face up to the fact that for the next 10 years I’m living off a fixed lump sum and thereafter living off a pension who’s value waxes and wanes with the vagaries of the stock market.  Although I’ve lived for 20 years with a fixed […]

When Work Stops Being Fun

The main reason that I decided to retire was that work had stopped being fun. For over three decades I’d loved my work, it provided me with friends, status, accomplishment and lot’s of laughs and excitement, but gradually that changed.  Conference calls replaced face to face interactions, strangers replaced friends, accents that I struggled to […]

My Life After Work

Well that’s it, this is the last part of a series of posts reflecting on the end of my traditional working life as I finally retire from work today. This post explores my first tentative steps towards laying out what my life’s going to be like now that I’ve retired and in many ways it’s […]

Today Is My Last Day At CSC

This post is part of a series reflecting on the end of my traditional working life as I prepare for retirement this week. This is a difficult post to write, I’ve been in paid work in some form or another for over 40 years, 30 years in traditional employment and 16 of those with CSC. […]

Reflecting On My Working Life

This post is part of a series reflecting on the end of my traditional working life as I prepare for retirement this week. I’m resigning and retiring tomorrow, so this post is part of a series reflecting on the end of my traditional working life.  It’s a perfect time to look back on what I […]