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Life Reimagined: "I Just Want To Give Back!"

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Janet Lam-Rogers

Janet Lam-Rogers of Seattle believes in keeping busy. As a volunteer for the American Red Cross, the Northwest Harvest food bank, a house-builder for Habitat for Humanity and a tax preparer for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, the 60 year old spends most of her week helping others.

"I think I'm one of those fortunate people who had a very good work life," said Janet. "But mostly I was doing a lot of planning type work that took a very long time to mature and produce results. That's the big difference with volunteer work. I can go to my volunteer gig for the day and by the end of that day, I can see what I've done. I can feel good right away, the same day. It's really nice!"

As Janet approached retirement, she knew she wanted a different kind of life.

"I knew my life would change when I retired and it's very hard to have a clear picture," Janet said. "However, you have to have some ideas. I reimagined my life to look forward to meeting new people, learning new skills and having an active

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Janet Lam-Rogers prepares tax returns at an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site in Ballard.

lifestyle. And I definitely wanted the opportunity to give back."

"I was reimagining from going to work, doing the same things over and over again every day, to a life that in a way is more full because I'm doing multiple things, different things. Challenging and fun things."

Janet says the most important thing is to look at what's important to you and to have a goal. It's a new path in life and while you don't know where the path is going to take you, it's vital to plan for the journey.

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