Meet Beverly Anderson
Beverly Anderson retired in February 2010. During her City career, she worked in seven different City departments. She started in 1986 and retired with more than 23 years of City service.
Her retirement days are busy with her family. She is looking forward to her daughter’s graduation from UCLA this year and her husband joining her in retirement within the next year or two.
Beverly is a LACERS Well Champion and leads a weekly walk. She welcomes Retirees to come join her walking group.
She also teaches a hula class at the Costa Mesa Senior Center. She says it is a great way to exercise and keep moving.
Beverly volunteers at events for the Chinese American Museum and Pacific Islander Festival in Huntington Beach. She is an avid reader, enjoys traveling, arts and crafts, sewing and, of course, eating. She’s a big Disney fan and is always up for a trip to Disneyland.
Her advice to those who are about to retire or are already retired – enjoy “the best years,” find your passion and do it. Plan to do all the things and activities that you did not have the time or energy to do while working.
She says the smartest thing she did before retirement was to attend the City’s retirement seminars.
She stresses how important it is to make sure you are doing all the right things and staying on track for retirement.
Does she miss work? “I definitely do not miss the work. I do miss the people I worked with; however, as time passes I start seeing those people at retirement events.”
Would she have done anything differently during her career? “I wish I had learned more about financial planning and had been able to implement those strategies.”
What would you change about retired life?” I don’t think I would change anything because I love being retired!”