ABOUT My Retirement Works

Why are so many retired people saying, “These are the best years of my life?” 

Hi, and Welcome to MyRetirementWorks.com (MRW), an online mentoring community created to help us make retirement successful and “stay connected”.  It’s for those of us hoping (and wise enough) to plan ahead, as well as those who are actually living their dream. This is a place to learn, reflect, share and connect.

Here is what you will find:

▪   first-person stories and interviews from real people in retirement

▪   a space to share your own story, thoughts, and questions, and interact with others.

▪   research-based information

▪   links to valuable websites and resources for planning/amending your retirement

I started MRW because my life’s work has centered on helping people live life with meaning and happiness (see below to learn more about my background).  When I reviewed the scholarly and popular literature on “successful retirement,” it focused mostly on finances. Having one’s finances in order is essential, and you will find links to some of the best sites on my Links page.  Instead, MRW focuses on the rest of retirement—on living one’s life successfully on the personal and social levels.

For many of us, “leisure world”–days filled with playing golf, tennis and bridge–is no longer the goal of retirement   Not working is not enough.  With more freedom to spend our time as we choose, we want less stress and more meaning, fewer obligations and more joy.  For some, retirement takes the form of an “encore career”—sometimes to help pay our bills, but often to give back rather than accumulate more wealth.

MRW offers first-person stories from RetireMentors, real people figuring out what has worked and what hasn’t.  We can all learn from people reflecting upon their lives and sharing what they have discovered.  MRW is a place to find out and contribute ideas about such things as:

▪   What comes up for couples when one or both people retire?

▪   What are some of the personal and social factors that aid and hinder retirees in their quest for a rewarding, happy retirement?

▪   Do men and women experience retirement the same or differently?

▪   Does it matter if the person chooses retirement or is forced into it?

MRW is a place for our children/grandchildren/loved ones/friends to read our stories.

MRW also offers my findings from interviews and focus groups with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of California Santa Cruz ( http://ucsc-osher.wikispaces.com/) and retirees from technology (e.g. Google), and links to other useful scholarly references and websites.

Please join our online mentoring community—read some stories, share your own and join the conversation. “Stay Connected” to each other as well as to the internet.

Being in my 60s, I like to say:  “These 60s are better than the last 60s”      

By the way:  this site is a labor of love.  There is nothing for sale, nothing asking for support.  No ads to avoid.  All I ask is, if you see its value, please participate.


ABOUT Jill Steinberg, Ph.D.

I’m a dedicated lifelong learner, having a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on Community Organizing. In my pre-retirement life, I was the Director of the Peer Mentor Program and a Psychology Professor at San Jose State University (in California) as well as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Santa Cruz, California.

The transition from full-time work to enjoying retirement came pretty easily.  This was unexpected given how much I loved working with my students and being part of a university community. However, it took me a couple of years to realize that my psychologist mind was missing something.  It was missing my passion.

That is when I started this project. I spent a year reading the scholarly and popular literature related to successful retirement. I wanted to know, “How closely does the theoretical research literature match what real people are actually doing and feeling?”

Thus began the data collecting part of the project — interviewing University of California Osher Lifelong Learning ( http://ucsc-osher.wikispaces.com/) members and doing focus groups related to successful retirement. The information gleaned from the interviews felt invaluable, remarkably insightful and helpful—and needed to be shared.  Thus, the creation of MyRetirementWorks.com.

Because of the interest in my research on successful retirement, I am now giving presentations to universities (e.g. Boston University, University of California, Santa Cruz) and other institutions (e.g. Google and MENSA).

Thanks for visiting, I hope you gain some insights, enjoy what you read and maybe even leave your story and thoughts for us to learn from.

For those of you so inclined, here is some of my academic background:


OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, Columbus, Ohio, PhD., Clinical Psychology Department (1972-1978)

APA Internship at Colorado State University Counseling Center (1976-77) (Fort Collins, Colorado

Honors: University Fellowship, Research Grant from the Office of Women’s Studies

BOSTON UNIVERSITY, Boston, Massachusetts, A.B., Psychology Department (1968-1972)

City College of London, semester abroad (1970)

Honors: Magna Cum Laude, Graduated with Honors/Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa


MENSA Gathering, “Successful Retirement” Presentation, November 2015.

Google, Mountain View, California. “Successful Retirement” Presentation, August, 2015.

Osher Lifelong Learners, 30th Anniversary Celebration Presentation: “Successful Retirement,” March 2015.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA CRUZ, Women In Science and Education (WISE), Science Café. “Successful Retirement” Presentation, August, 2014.

BOSTON UNIVERSITY, Webinar, “Successful Retirement.” December 2013. See the webinar at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIs_q3bssqI

SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY, San Jose, CA , 1978-2008; Emeritus Faculty, 2009-Present

Founder and Director of The Peer Mentor Program, 2000-2009

Psychology Department Professor, 1978-2009

Counseling Services, Clinical Psychologist, 1978-2000

Fellow, Salzburg Seminar, Salzburg, Austria, 2006

“Peer Mentor Programs at San Jose State University and Portland State University,” Presentation with C. Reynolds at the International First Year Experience Conference, Southampton, England, July 2005

AFFILIATE SCHOLAR, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, 1979-1982

LICENSED CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST, Private practice, Santa Cruz, CA, 1981-2004


Professional Development Grant, SJSU, Fall 2004

“Peer Mentor Program Integral to the First-Year Experience,” E-Source, The National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience & Students in Transition at The University of South Carolina, Vol 1, No 2, October 2003.

Peer Mentor Program Lottery Grant, Fall 2002, Total: $131,721.00

Clinical Interventions with Women Experiencing the Impostor Phenomenon, Women and Therapy, 1986, pp.19-26

Climbing the Ladder of Success in Highheels: Backgrounds of Professional Women, UMI Press, 1984.

Kayak J&H

Jill and Herbie, Santa Cruz, California