Retirement is Fun

When one door closes another opens

Non-Fiction - Memoir
338 Pages
Reviewed on 03/29/2016
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Author Biography

Life is not always Wine and Roses.
When Life throws you a lemon, make Lemonade.
When one door closes, another opens.
After retirement from Banking I grasped new opportunities as they fell in my path.
In my book Retirement is Fun - A New Chapter, which is a sequel to my autobiography My Life as a Banker - A Life Worth Living, I describe my many wonderful experiences at the end of my banking career.
Is your life over when you retire?
I certainly tried to dispel that fear in my book.
I have proven that retirement is a time to enjoy life.
Despite facing many challenges such as cancer, deaths of loved ones, and an accident, which made me realize that life is very short, I triumphantly move on to accomplish more.
After my banking career, I landed a new job in an Insurance company and had numerous travel opportunities.
I increased my skills in areas I never thought possible.
In my book 'Retirement is fun' I described how I did it.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Retirement is Fun: A New Chapter by Brenda Mohammed is an interesting memoir where the author shares with readers her moments after retirement and how it is a time when everyone should sit back and enjoy life. After reading this book, no one will dread retirement; they will all look forward to it and use that time to enjoy the beauty of life, spend more time with the family, and experience their unconditional love. Retiring from the job does not mean one retires from life because one gets time to appreciate the beauty of unlimited time and use it effectively by doing things they missed out on doing while they were working.

The book is uplifting as it makes everyone who is going to retire look forward to it. The author's experiences and adventures after retirement give readers ideas on how to handle their lives in a good and happy way after retiring from their jobs. Brenda Mohammed shows by example how one's attitude can make a difference to everything and life can be enjoyed at any age, irrespective of whether you are young or not.

The memoir is simple and chronicles the author's life and events, taking readers into her space. The memoir is a good read; readers can connect well with what the author says and the events and experiences in her life, and the way she handles life is tangible. The words of wisdom from Dr Murdoch quoted at the end of the book are very inspirational and will help readers look at life in a positive way. An interesting book for all those who are going to retire from their jobs and want to know how to handle life after that.

Arabella Persaud

A well-written chronicle of the author's experiences and adventures since her retirement from a long career in the bank
By Arabella Persaud on August 26, 2014
Format: Paperback
This inspiring book tells of the many adventures experienced by the author after retiring from a banking career at the age of 55.
She talks about her new career in the insurance business and narrates, with meticulous detail, the many wonderful experiences
in her new life including the birth of her grandchildren, her meeting of new friends, her travels abroad, and her continued enjoyment of life. For her, life certainly did not stop at retirement.

Throughout the book, the author demonstrates a positive outlook on everything that happens in her life. Not only did she endure wonderful experiences, but she also had a bout with cancer and a terrible accident in Miami. She interprets these negative events in a positive light by using them to show how her faith helped her to overcome these obstacles.

The author's appreciation of life is evident as she treasures every moment with her family and the time she shares with them.

As in her previous books, the author once again exhibits a remarkable memory for details as she provides a meticulous description of all her activities since retirement. The style is simple and readable.

The book shows that life certainly does not end when one retires.
Life continues and one must live with a positive and determined spirit to continue experiencing the joy of life
and to discover one's hidden talents.

I enjoyed the positive spirit shown by the author in this book. She demonstrates that it is one's attitude that counts towards one's enjoyment of life.

This book is recommended for all retirees or persons contemplating retirement.

Roza Kublalsingh

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
"Retirement is Fun", is a seamless account of family life, hard work and dedication. The author talks about her impressive career from banker to insurance agent, to lifetime member of the company that she worked for. Through it all, she beat the odds of life-threatening health problems. The book takes the reader on a journey of fun and adventure through many travels , work and family life, that make retirement seem worthwhile.
Roza K

Jane H

Uplifting Memoir
By Jane H. on September 21, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
In this memoir Brenda Mohammed shares her experiences with retirement. Like many retirees, Mohammed felt apprehensive about retirement at first, trying to re-enter the work-force rather than leave the stable predictability of the daily grind.

As her story progresses, Mohammed finds new meaning in her life through family, art, poetry, writing, cooking and her relationship with God. This is an uplifting read for anyone worried about their declining years.

Jane M.

Uplifting Memoir
By Jane H. on September 21, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
In this memoir Brenda Mohammed shares her experiences with retirement. Like many retirees, Mohammed felt apprehensive about retirement at first, trying to re-enter the work-force rather than leave the stable predictability of the daily grind.

As her story progresses, Mohammed finds new meaning in her life through family, art, poetry, writing, cooking and her relationship with God. This is an uplifting read for anyone worried about their declining years.

Arabella Persaud

A well-written chronicle of the author's experiences and adventures since her retirement from a long career in the bank
By Arabella Persaud on August 26, 2014
Format: Paperback
This inspiring book tells of the many adventures experienced by the author after retiring from a banking career at the age of 55.
She talks about her new career in the insurance business and narrates, with meticulous detail, the many wonderful experiences
in her new life including the birth of her grandchildren, her meeting of new friends, her travels abroad, and her continued enjoyment of life. For her, life certainly did not stop at retirement.

Throughout the book, the author demonstrates a positive outlook on everything that happens in her life. Not only did she endure wonderful experiences, but she also had a bout with cancer and a terrible accident in Miami. She interprets these negative events in a positive light by using them to show how her faith helped her to overcome these obstacles.

The author's appreciation of life is evident as she treasures every moment with her family and the time she shares with them.

As in her previous books, the author once again exhibits a remarkable memory for details as she provides a meticulous description of all her activities since retirement. The style is simple and readable.

The book shows that life certainly does not end when one retires.
Life continues and one must live with a positive and determined spirit to continue experiencing the joy of life
and to discover one's hidden talents.

I enjoyed the positive spirit shown by the author in this book. She demonstrates that it is one's attitude that counts towards one's enjoyment of life.

This book is recommended for all retirees or persons contemplating retirement.

Liza Kublalsingh

The book takes the reader on a journey of fun and adventure through many travels
By L.K on October 7, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
"Retirement is Fun", is a seamless account of family life, hard work and dedication. The author talks about her impressive career from banker to insurance agent, to lifetime member of the company that she worked for. Through it all, she beat the odds of life-threatening health problems. The book takes the reader on a journey of fun and adventure through many travels , work and family life, that make retirement seem worthwhile

A,J.

After working for many years, it is difficult to pack up your job and leave an establishment, which became like a second home.
The author wondered what she would do when she retired at a very young age. It was the policy of the bank in those days.
She did not have to wonder for very long. She got job offers and had to turn down a couple of them. She chose the right one with flexibility and travel opportunities, which made her retirement fun. The tagline for her book is “When one door closes, another opens,” and rightly so.
Her book is packed with the many adventures she had and is still having, after her retirement from her first job. She did not allow a critical illness and deaths of loved ones to put a damper on life. As stated in the book description, “Life is not always wine and roses.”
The birth of her grandchildren brought much joy into her life. Her book is filled with inspiration and hope and it is one that everyone should read whether you are retiring or not.
Thanks to the author for a revised copy of the book."

Kelly Wallace- Artieri

An enjoyable account of retirement from an amazing author!
"Retirement Is Fun" is an enjoyable account of life after retirement, written by an amazing author, Brenda Mohammed. Ms. Mohammed recounts in great detail her decision to embark on a totally new career, with its ensuing challenges and rewards, after retiring from a successful career in banking.
"Why not?" was her mental approach as she entered the world of insurance, quickly rising to the top of the profession as she continually worked tirelessly to increase her skills and abilities.
"Retirement Is Fun" is not only a testament to her success, but to her absolute enjoyment of life and everything it has to offer. Ms. Mohammed writes about her professional successes, but also of her personal life. The reader gets to know her extended family as they are such an integral part of her life. She enjoys her family, travels often and extensively throughout the world, revels in her grandchildren and is a marvelous example of how much one can achieve in life. Such an enjoyable read!

Ingrid Rizzolo

The novel Retirement is Fun by Brenda Mohammed may be deceptively read as an account of a continuous intercontinental road trip. However, Retirement is Fun can more accurately read as the saga of the quiet determination of an unassuming heroine to maintain and promote social cohesion and interdependence of the family as she knows it. Brenda gives life to the family which in turn gives life to her. It’s the web of family closeness facilitated by Brenda as she draws strength in her darkest hour as she is afflicted with cancer and successfully grapples with retirement. The family dynamics begs interpretation and one finds it in the context of the social and cultural background of the collectivist substrata. It is in Brenda’s indefatigable efforts to champion the cause of family even as she journeys through a series sicknesses, births and deaths sequences and remains unfazed that a true hero is born

Marmalizer

Enlightening, educational, aspirational and charming.
Bymarmalizeron November 15, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
Enlightening and inspiring, author Brenda Mohammed takes us through a bird's eye view turned fly on the wall look at her life. Banking? Insurance? Exotic holidays? For some of us, such a life is beyond our reach. For those of us to strive just be a little bit better at what we do, each and every day, we are the kind of reader suited to this book.

Anyone can read it, but you will be pleasantly surprised just how the author takes on new challenges with gusto. True, she has a large family and strong network of friends egging her on, but this is clearly her own tale, and how retirement is anything but a door closing.

It is a new opening, a new chapter, and it is fun to read as well as have some very poignant moments in it. A great companion to her other memoirs, but stands well on its own. Far from being something to fear, the author teaches the reader to really go for it in life. The author was probably an alpha female before the phrase was even coined.

Amazon Customer

What can I say about "Retirement Is Fun?" It’s a book that gives the good and the bad of living in this 21st century. There incredible miracles and incredible heartbreaks, yet through it all with the support of family and faith in God, we prevail.
The author wrote the accounting as it occurred, with no frills or embellishments. She takes the reader along with her to the many places she visited. Her obvious enjoyment in them is a testament to her wonderful spirit.
The book is written in two parts. I was happy the author gives us the good news in the first half, that way, the reader is able to see her strength and appreciate from whence she came. I was impressed with the places she had visited. I’d thought I was a world traveler, but I take my hat off to her and her wonderful family.
This is a great motivational and inspirational story for anyone who needs uplifting.

Amazon Reviewer

No matter your age, we are all “warned” of saving for retirement so we can enjoy our non-working years. That seems to be the case with this book’s author who eloquently and humbly relates fun details of life during retirement.