“Retirement to me means freedom to do whatever I want, whenever I want, for as long as I want. I’m “time rich.” I’d love to see all of the U.S. and as much of the world as I can.
Since Jan. 1, 2021, I have visited 10 of our beautiful national parks, completed new home projects, started my first garden and a book club, become a voracious reader, and spent a month visiting family in Arizona. I’ve always been active, so now besides my daily workout routine, I get to play, kayak, paddleboard, hike, and mountain bike. I still have a few business ventures in the works. I have goals too, including volunteering and being the best grandma when that happens.”
— Diana Holland is a retired senior level personal trainer at Bob’s Gym and former owner of Body in Action. She is married to Greg Holland.
“As a firefighter, I worked 24-hour shifts, including weekends and holidays, in addition to running a small business and working as an account manager for a marketing firm. I averaged 96-plus hours per week. I was always planning around that schedule. I loved and miss the thrill, the satisfaction, and camaraderie of being a firefighter. But retirement means saying yes, I can do that or be there. It’s so liberating.
My wife and I love traveling and visiting our kids and family spread all over the country. We hike, bike, kayak, golf, and work out daily. We socialize with our great friends. It feels like I finished my final exam and summer has begun! And I don’t have to go back.”
— Greg Holland is a retired Evansville firefighter and former owner and president of Holland Associates Inc. He is married to Diana Holland.
“What does retirement mean? For decades, our careers have directed our schedules, shaped our skill set, and taught us valuable lessons about others and ourselves. And while retirement may allow us to spend more time with our families and take a few more long walks, we are far from being “done” just because we leave the office. The Bible says, “To whom much is given, much is required.” Titles will change, but the responsibility to make a difference remains. So, when retirement comes, I say let’s take that much-needed nap first, and then let’s get to work! The world is waiting for us.”
— Clayton retired in early February as the vice president for student affairs and dean of students at the University of Evansville.