Author Archives: Denise Shannon


Why Having a Hobby is So Important

In our busy world, hobbies, or pursuits we enjoy for leisure, often take a back seat. It has become increasingly rare to spend a great deal of time on something unrelated to work and other responsibilities in our hectic lives. Often, as people approach retirement, they panic about the idea… Read More
  • Denise Shannon |
  • October 19, 2018
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Check Your Emotional Meter

In our busy world today, we may often feel overloaded, both physically and emotionally. These may be very real and concrete stressors, placed on us by demands of family or work. Or they may be quick and furious reactions to everyday frustrations like getting stuck in traffic or having a… Read More
  • Denise Shannon |
  • September 27, 2018
circadian rhythms

Is Blue Light Affecting Your Health?

These days it seems that electronics control our waking hours. Smartphones, laptops, televisions capture our attention in our working lives and our leisure hours. However, these screens may also affect our sleeping hours, and ultimately our health. Light has always had an effect on our natural body rhythms, known as circadian… Read More
  • Denise Shannon |
  • August 28, 2018

A Glass Half Full of Healthy Living

Glass half empty or half full? Optimists have long known the benefits to positive thinking on one’s general outlook and mood. Recent medical findings indicate that a healthy and positive attitude may also contribute to a healthier and longer life. The Findings A Harvard study of over 70,000 women found… Read More
  • Denise Shannon |
  • July 18, 2018
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How Much Physical Exercise Keeps Your Brain Healthy?

We all know that exercise is a key to overall physical health and fitness. After a session on the treadmill or a satisfying yoga class, I leave rejuvenated and feeling healthy. This has become more important with age. However, recent research has supported the idea that regular exercise does more… Read More
  • Denise Shannon |
  • June 18, 2018
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Career Transition

Retirement Readiness: Mindfulness and Slow Movement

Retirement- a new phase in life, the well-served carrot, or unrelieved boredom? There are so many conflicting views on retirement. As a recent, “early” retiree, I have been asked often to describe retirement. Although I can definitely say that the experience has been very positive, it is often hard to… Read More
  • Denise Shannon |
  • May 9, 2018
extended vacation

Consider an Extended Vacation: Live Like A Local

This is the second in a series of articles by Denise Shannon about Living versus Resorting. To read the first article, start here. After spending two months of winter in Mexico, I have now returned home. As I sit at my desk in my home office looking out at snow… Read More
  • Denise Shannon |
  • March 11, 2018
travel lessons

Living vs. Resorting: First Month Travel Lessons

In this first winter after retirement, my husband and I decided to escape Canadian winter and head to Mexico for two months. Although we are familiar with the area, having spent several shorter vacations there, we were eager to get settled and actually live in a place not bound by… Read More
  • Denise Shannon |
  • January 26, 2018
packing for an extended trip

Packing for an Extended Trip: A Fashionista and Product Junkie’s Tips

Hitting the road for a long period of time is an exciting prospect- but can be a packing challenge! Having recently spent two months in Europe, and now packing for an extended trip - a winter getaway, I have learned a lot through trial and error. While I still find… Read More
  • Denise Shannon |
  • December 21, 2017
life after retirement
New Surroundings

Re-framing the Picture: Life After Retirement

Much as has been written about properly preparing oneself for life after retirement, both financially and mentally. Certainly, one needs to plan, research and get ready for that next big step! I recently retired after a 30-year teaching career and felt ready. I had enjoyed my professional life but was… Read More
  • Denise Shannon |
  • November 29, 2017

About Denise Shannon

Denise Shannon

Denise Shannon is a recently retired high school teacher from Ottawa, Canada. She is enjoying the chance to rediscover passions such as travel, theatre and writing, as she re-frames her life after a thirty year career. She is also an avid reader and a self-described shoe addict.