When it comes to stress, worry, fear, responsibilities and future unknowns, less is more. That’s what retirement community living is all about.
“I guess it’s easy for me to give advice because when I decided to sell my house, I downsized my belongings because a lot of that, the material things, aren’t as important to me as the social things really.” – Revell Rayne, resident of The Fountains at La Cholla
MEET REVELL RAYNE, AN INDEPENDENT ADVENTURER WHO CHOSE TO LIVE WHERE SHE CAN FULLY ENJOY LIFE’S NEXT CHAPTERS.
You can learn a lot from someone who has been in your shoes. Their honest insight can help you navigate your way to the place that’s right for you, regardless of which community you choose. (All quotes contained in this post are excerpts from an interview conducted with Revell Rayne on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Revell was only six when Glen Miller and his Orchestra hit the charts with I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo. Nevertheless, she gets a kick out of telling people she’s that gal. After getting her undergraduate degree from Purdue, she moved to New York, where she got her Master’s degree in psychology at Columbia. In 1979, she moved to Tucson with her teenage daughter and launched a human resources career with Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA). Upon retiring early at 62, she traveled the world and taught English as a Second Language in Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point), Sonora. With family in Tucson, Michigan and Texas, she believes she’s in the best possible location.
Before moving to The Fountains on July 30th, Revell spent six months with her sister in Michigan during the coldest winter on record since 1936. By February, her mind was made up. Tucson’s weather had won the battle hands down. She stayed to see the tulips bloom before returning to Tucson to make The Fountains her new home. “I like the size of The Fountains, the number of people that are here, because I spent my whole career in human resources and met a variety of people while I was working and I look forward to that here too. I’m happy with the activities here more so than at some of the other communities that I saw.” – Revell Rayne
HONESTLY ASSESSING YOUR FUTURE
Are a lifetime of possessions and household responsibilities subverting your ability to enjoy a healthy, carefree lifestyle? What actions, taken now, could sustain your self reliance over time? When you imagine yourself five years from now, what’s driving your contentment? These are all good questions to ask yourself as you begin to honestly assess your future. “For many years I owned and maintained a nice, two-bedroom home in the foothills here in Tucson and in early 2013 I decided to downsize to a one-bedroom apartment, and then before I did that I realized that the smartest thing to do would be to move to a retirement community… I was 77 years old and I’ve been independent for all these years and I wanted to be able to decide where I would eventually move or where I would eventually live until eternity and so that’s why I decided to skip that step.” – Revell Rayne
FREEDOM OF CHOICE
Revell settled in comfortably, decorating her apartment to her liking. In no time she was making friends, playing Bridge and attending church services on and off site. She is looking forward to taking a few on-site classes and planning an Alaskan cruise. “The food here is good but I elected the plan where you don’t get your meals, that is to say where the meals aren’t included in your rent, because I fancy myself as somewhat of a cook and I’ll be able to spend more time doing that than I have in the past.” – Revell Rayne
Meet Revell over a drink in The Catalina Room or cappuccino in the Gallery Café. Just call 1-520-777-1413 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.