How Retire and Be Happy can help you

Retire and Be Happy provides information and guidance for moving through the transitions that occur in the third act of your life.

Moving away from your career creates change in every aspect of your life. Although your financial security is important, your happiness and well-being come from the non-financial side life.

We focus on helping you live a fulfilling and meaningful life. You gain the knowledge and insights you need through our workshops, seminars, speaking engagements, and individually tailored guidance.

About Marianne Oehser

Marianne Oehser, a certified Retirement and Relationship Coach and founder of Retire & Be Happy, is a seasoned expert committed to helping people create a happy, fulfilling “post-career” phase of their lives through her workshops, seminars, public speaking, and individual coaching. She also works with singles and couples to successfully build and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships – after all, having a solid relationship is central to creating a happy, fulfilling life.

Marianne has retired twice after spending over 40 years in the corporate world. She is a certified Retirement and Relationship Coach. She holds a Masters of Management from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management in Chicago. She received her training and certifications from Relationship Coaching Institute and Retirement Options.

We help you design and live a happy, fulfilling life after your career

When you move away from your full-time career, it’s like graduating. Think about when you graduated from school. It was exciting and scary at the same time. Exciting because you had completed an important phase of your life – scary because you were starting something new that you had never done before. “Retirement” is just like that.

The old picture of retirement was shutting down; declining; being “out to pasture.’ It’s not like that today. Your sun is not setting, it’s rising again. It’s a new day with new opportunities and new possibilities.

But just like when you graduated from school, you are embarking on something that you have never done before. The uncertainty of doing something new can be unsettling. That’s why 69% of recent retirees say they face real challenges adjusting to retirement.

Retire and Be Happy is all about helping you face those challenges

As you prepared for retirement you probably paid a lot of attention to your financial portfolio but did you plan your Happiness Portfolio®

Everything in our world changes when we move away from our careers. That’s part of the challenge of this “graduation.” Most of us don’t realize the benefits we received from working – in addition to the financial ones.

Working gave us…

Purpose – a reason to do the things we do
The feeling of being valued
Structure for our days and weeks
A social network

Designing Your Happiness Portfolio ®

To have a happy and fulfilling life after career, you have to find ways to replace those important benefits you enjoyed before. That is what your Happiness Portfolio ®  does.

Research shows that those who do not find ways to replace the non-financial benefits of work are 40% more likely to be diagnosed as clinically depressed and 60% more likely to have significant health challenges.

It doesn’t have to be that way. We have a proven system for helping you design your life for the next 1/3 of your life.

  • We help you craft a vision so you don’t feel like you are navigating this new landscape without a map.
  • We guide you to find a purpose that will give your post-career life meaning.
  • We show you how you can live your new life filled with vitality.

We guide you as you design your Happiness Portfolio®. You can join us for one of our workshops or work with us as a private coaching client.

One of the most important components of your Happiness Portfolio® is the primary relationship in your life.

If you don’t have one at the moment, do you want to find someone to share this time of your life? We can guide you as you answer that question.

If you are in a committed relationship, all the changes that happen when you move away from your full-time career can also be challenging for your relationship. Unfortunately, that is a major reason why the divorce rate among Boomers is rising rapidly while it’s falling for other age groups.

It really doesn’t matter if your relationship is in great shape – or a bit rough around the edges. The transition into this new phase of your life presents challenges that can either make it stronger or tear the relationship apart. Many couples benefit from some guidance as they move through these often turbulent waters.


One-on-one coaching enables you to gain insights into the underlying dynamics of challenges you are facing and guides you to apply those insights to create the life you want.

Live Workshops & Seminars

We offer practical workshops and seminars that help you build the skills and tools you need to thrive in your post-career life.

Workshops At Your Own Pace

Explore the issues and opportunities that retirement presents at your own pace. This option is the best of both worlds – a structured and guided approach that you follow as quickly or slowly as is comfortable for you.


Marianne’s speeches share insights and experience about the challenges and opportunities in our post-career lives. Audiences walk away with practical advice and useful resources.