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VIDEO: Congratulations! It’s Just the Beginning

Now's the time to express yourself in a new way


Have you ever thought about what it means to plan your freedom? Director and playwright Rick Shiomi surprised himself when he considered what “retirement” might look like for him.

Look for additional episodes of the “Welcome Graduates” series on Next Avenue in the next few weeks. Each individual featured offers a different and inspiring take on the milestone of graduating from work … to life.

(The “Welcome Graduates” videos are produced by Marissa Blahnik and directed by Brennan Vance.)

Julie Pfitzinger, editor of Next Avenue, wearing a light blue shirt in front of a mauve background.
By Julie Pfitzinger
Julie Pfitzinger is the editor for Next Avenue’s lifestyle coverage across the Living and Technology channels. Her journalism career has included feature writing for the Star-Tribune, as well as several local parenting and lifestyle publications, all in the Twin Cities area. Julie also served as managing editor for nine local community lifestyle magazines. She joined Next Avenue in October 2017. Reach her by email her at [email protected].

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