In those first heady days of retirement, it’s sometimes hard to know what to do with yourself. So much free time and fewer obligations! If you worked a particularly demanding job, it is tempting to sleep in as long as you want and relax in front of the TV, doing absolutely nothing. While there’s nothing wrong with doing that occasionally, it’s not the best way to spend your retirement. Fortunately, if you have moved to a retirement community in FL, such as Lake Ashton, it’s not too hard to find activities that will get you up and out of the house on a regular basis.

If you wouldn’t mind making a little extra money to put toward some special trips or a new boat or some new golf clubs, try turning one of your creative and crafty hobbies into a small business. Sites like are a way to sell your handmade items such as woodworking, painting, printmaking, photographs, quilts, and so much more. There are other online sites available now, as well, for selling photographs, prints, and other artwork in a variety of formats.

If you’re looking for ways to stay active and make some extra money at the same time, you may be in luck if you happen to love dogs. Become a dog walker by registering on a site like You can set your price and schedule and soon find local dogs in search of a walking companion. Even your neighbors may be interested in your services. Dogs get their much needed exercise — as do you — and you get to benefit from the companionship that animals offer.

Speaking of dogs, don’t forget the old saying that it’s never too late to teach an old dog a new trick. Take advantage of classes available within your retirement community or at local community colleges and other locations. You can learn a new hobby, refresh or advance your skills in an existing field, or maybe take some lessons in a new language to help you on any international vacations you may have planned. You’ll be keeping your brain active, your body active, and even have the chance to meet new people with similar interests. Best of all, grades don’t count anymore!

Of course, when you live in a retirement community in FL like Lake Ashton, there’s no shortage of activities to keep you busy and engaged in life. They have a fitness center, as well as swimming, golf, tennis, bowling, bocce, and plenty of other sporting options. In addition, there are crafting rooms, complete with a kiln, a library, game room, movie theater, on-site classes, dances, special events, lounges, restaurants, and so much more. Connecting through the community is easy, or you can set up your own events through websites like to find like-minded neighbors to join you for a round of golf or a new art opening.


With a community like Lake Ashton, with its proximity to the water, as well as numerous attractions and on-site amenities, sitting around watching TV isn’t going to hold much appeal.