Book Review – What Color Is Your Parachute? For Retirement

If your vision for the next chapter in your life seems like a jumbled puzzle, John Nelson and Richard Bolles’s book helps to put the pieces together using a simple process. It’s too bad they have to use the “R” word in the title. The book could be used by anybody at anytime in their lives to figure out “What do I want next”?

By breaking down the decision into the who, what, where, why, and how (almost literally), Nelson (the primary author) uses Bolles’ time-tested Parachute process to distill your dreams, wishes, likes, skills, and resources into a one-page picture. With their help, you are the artist.

In between the worksheets, Nelson gives some life advice in several areas. I particularly liked the section on “Uses for a Home.” In it, he divides our dwelling place into functions such as “Job,” “Project,” “Retreat,” “Base of Operations,” and “Gathering Place.”

To order the book through south Tampa’s independent bookstore, Inkwood Books, for $16.95, click here:;jsessionid=bac2GmbhX28Ufhrfl60qs.

Holly Donaldson

Holly Donaldson, CFP® runs an hourly and fee-for-service financial planning practice virtually from her Tampa Bay, Florida office. She also works with clients throughout the U.S. (except Texas) interested in retirement and tax planning advice without product sales or investment management. Holly is the author of The Mindful Money Mentality: How to Find Balance in Your Financial Future (Porchview Publishing, 2013) and publisher of the award-winning monthly e-letter, "The View From the Porch."

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