The Best Quotes About Retirement

Chances are that someone you know will be retiring this year — in recent years more people have been retiring than ever before. When beginning to write a message for a  retirement card, it can be difficult to know how to start.  Need a bit of inspiration for what to write on a retirement card? We’ve got you covered with a diverse list of retirement quotes.

We’ve curated a list of some of the best quotes on retirement, getting older, and living well to give you a bit of inspiration as you begin writing your message to your colleague, friend, or family member who is retiring.

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How to Throw a Great Retirement Party in 2021

Congratulations to all 2021 retirees! Though this year may be different for retirement parties, there are still lots of ways to celebrate a retiree this year and party it up! We’ve put together a list of fun retirement party ideas specific to 2021 — there’s something for everyone to make their retiree’s celebration fun and meaningful.


1.Start a group card to share

A retirement group card is something your retiree will cherish long after their retirement party is over. Yes, we’re a little biased here — but there’s no better way to kick off a retirement party than by sharing  a thoughtful card with your your retiree! 

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Ways To Wish Coworkers And Friends A Happy Retirement

Retirement is such a momentous event — after decades in the workforce, being able to relax and focus on passions other than work is a wonderful gift. If you know someone who is retiring, wishing them a happy retirement — whether it’s writing a thoughtful message on a retirement card or saying something thoughtful in person — can be really meaningful to them as they make a big life transition.

Whether your retiree is a colleague, friend, or family member, we’ve put together a list of examples to help inspire you as communicate your best wishes for your retiree. 

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Best Retirement Gifts for 2021

Happy New Year! 2020 is finally at a close (we thought it might never end), and we’re looking forward to many good things to come this new year! 

One trend 2020 brought was that more people are retiring than ever before.  More than likely, you know one of the 10,000 people who are retiring per day!

We’ve created a list of 21 unique gifts categories just for the folks retiring in 2021 — these gifts are better than your everyday gift card, we promise! With COVID still keeping many activities at an arm’s length for the time being, here are a few retirement gift ideas to make gifting your retiring co-worker, loved one, or friend easy for you to navigate this year.

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Honoring the Life of George Peterson

Kudoboard offers an online memorial to celebrate the life of a colleague, family member, or friend who recently passed away.  

The Hartnell College choir recently set up such a board for George Peterson, of Monterey County, here. If you knew George, please add a tribute honoring his memory.

Additional remembrances of George, written by Anna Oberst of the Hartnell College choir:

George Peterson
Pianist, composer, accompanist, musical director.
January 20, 1960 – December 7, 2020

George Peterson will be missed. He was not only a gifted musician, but a lovely person inside and out. Many know him from the musical community in the Monterey Bay Area. He was involved with many groups over the years as a pianist, accompanist, composer and/or a musical director. He also worked as a musician for many years on cruise ships.

Most would agree that George was a man of few words, but a man of much expression through his music. It is hard to think of George without thinking of music. He was a professional. Whenever tasked with any musical job, he usually put more than 100% of his time and talent into it. I recall him saying once that he wasn’t really one to want to ‘teach’ piano/music; but for those who knew him, George was one who really wanted to help other musicians reach their goals. Over the past few years he’d often stay after classes to work with students at Hartnell College in Salinas, Ca., where he was the accompanist for the Hartnell Choirs with Director, Sandy Rudo. 

The Hartnell choir students always enjoyed George’s little musical antics too. He’d often use the piano to inject bits of humor during rehearsals, like playing the Jeopardy Theme when a question was being asked of the students by Mrs. Rudo. He also was known to slyly manipulate an accompaniment into another genre, and he’d wait to see how long it’d take before the singers, and Mrs. Rudo, would notice.

I’m sure there are many people in Monterey County who have similar stories to share about George, so we’ve created this Memorial Kudoboard for anyone to contribute and share their memories.

Although he is no longer with us physically, his impression will continue to be with us for a very long time. His calm demeanor, infused with his silly bits of joy, found landing spots in all of our hearts, which we can continue to carry with us and share with others.

Top Online Memorials For Loved Ones

To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.

– Thomas Campbell

Whether through funeral rituals, remembrance items, or telling stories to younger generations, celebrating the life of a loved one who has passed away is as old a tradition as humanity itself. 

But the ease with which these stories can be shared has improved dramatically with the creation of memorial websites.  These websites allow family and friends to add tributes, pictures, music, videos, and stories, all of which are compiled onto one website that can be easily shared. 

Some memorial websites even offer innovative features such as scannable QR codes that can be placed on a headstone to link to the online tribute page.

These online memorials for loved ones have become especially valuable in the time of coronavirus.  Many families currently cannot travel or gather in groups.  With online memorial sites, your loved ones can still be celebrated.


Here are a few noteworthy online memorial sites:

  1. EverLoved.  EverLoved is designed as a one-stop-shop for celebrating your loved one.  It provides an online memorial page, but it also offers features such as a fundraising platform to cover funeral costs, price quotes from funeral providers, and links to independent memorial companies to allow you to save money on funeral-related items such as caskets, urns, and headstones.  The website also provides ready phone and email support.  

  2. Keeper.  Keeper is a modern memorial website that offers a number of unique features.  You can create a timeline of milestones in the deceased’s life; you can create a family tree; and you can map the location of a funeral home, cemetery, grave, or mausoleum.  Additionally, the Keeper Mobile App includes step-by-step navigation service to these locations.  The Keeper Plus version is offered at a one-time payment of $74.99.  Keeper currently allows users video-streaming options during COVID-19. 

  3. Legacy.com.  Legacy is the largest, and perhaps oldest, host of online obituaries.  The website has obituaries and memorials for over 70% of all U.S. deaths.  It prominently features obituaries of famous Americans, and it partners with local newspapers to upload obituaries from across the country.  These obituaries have guest books, options to send flowers and gifts, and clearly-displayed funeral information.   While it’s design is less modern than several other options — if a ready-made connection between your online memorial and print obituary is what you are seeking, then this is often the default option.

  4. Forevermissed.com.  Forever Missed is a robust online memorial that offers many templates and themes to structure your tribute page.  You can also create a playlist of songs, light virtual candles, and control viewership settings.  The free plan limits the number of photos to five and does not allow for video uploads.  The paid plan is $6.99 per month, $64.99 per year, or a one-time payment of $124.99.

  5. Kudoboard. Unlike many other options, Kudoboard memorials are focused on simplicity and ease of use. You can share a link with anyone invited to the memorial website, allowing them to easily contribute memories, photos, or videos with the click of a button.  These contributions are gathered on a memorial board, such as this one.  The online memorial can be played as a slideshow or easily printed as a poster to display at a celebration of life reception.  Kudoboard offers both a free “Mini Memorial” with a limited number of posts and a “Full Memorial” board with unlimited posts for a one-time payment of $99.

Regardless of the memorial site used, we recommend a few things for a meaningful experience:

  1. The More The Merrier.  You might have the closest connection to the remembered loved one, but by inviting friends and family to share their own pictures, videos, and stories, you’ll allow them to remember the loved one in a unique way, and you’ll hear stories and see photos that you’d perhaps forgotten.  Additionally, the experience can allow you to connect with those you haven’t seen in some time.

  1. Tell A Story.  In addition to describing your loved one with descriptive adjectives (caring, kind, intelligent, fun, energetic, happy, etc.), consider writing down a particular story (maybe it was the time Mom lost her luggage, but she made the best of it by buying a silly souvenir t-shirt every day of the trip).  Stories bring out the loved one’s unique personality, and guests to the memorial website will enjoy remembering the same story.   

  1. A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words.  Unlike traditional guestbooks, memorial websites allow users the option to add pictures and videos.  This is a great opportunity to capture a moment in time in the loved one’s life, a particular trip or event, or just an encapsulation of that person (“Dad always loved that jack and wore it everywhere!”). 

  1. Find Pictures From Different Ages.  If you can find them, include pictures from different periods of the loved one’s life.  Everyone enjoys pictures from when dad was in his crazy twenties (“those sideburns!”) and then again from thirty years later (“what happened to dad’s hair?!”).  

  1. Keeping Adding.  You don’t ever have to stop.  Your online memorial site can continue growing as you remember different stories or uncover new photos.  By using a site like Kudoboard, your memorial site will last forever, and you can revisit it any time you want to remember your loved one.  

If you have any questions about Kudoboard Online Memorials, you can email us at [email protected] and we will get back to you within one business day. 

We at Kudoboard wish the best for you, your family, and your friends.

Spreading the Love this Holiday Season

Holiday season is here.  At Kudoboard, we like to think that our site promotes gratitude by allowing you to show the people in your life that you appreciate them. In addition to creating someone a Kudoboard, here are a few other ideas for how you can spread the love this holiday season!

1) Leave a very generous tip at the next restaurant you go to. No one can deny that being a waiter/waitress is tough job. Let your server know you appreciate him or her by giving a couple extra dollars.

2) Buy an extra meal for a homeless person. When the cold months come around, being homeless becomes even more taxing. Make a homeless person’s day a bit easier by offering a free hot meal.

3) Pay for the toll of the car behind you. Paying highway tolls are a pain, no matter how you look at them. Many of us end up scrambling to gather enough change; save a stranger the trouble and make them smile.

4) Tape a dollar to the vending machine. No one is ever really that happy to be buying food from a vending machine. It’s usually a last resort when we can’t buy real food and our stomachs are churning. However, you can make this a slightly more enjoyable experience by paying for the next person’s snack.

5) Drop off some nice clothes at Goodwill. While donating any sort of clothing is valuable and generous deed, next time try giving some nicer clothes that you don’t wear anymore—rather than that old shirt you bought at a yardsale.

6) Pay for the next person’s coffee in the drive through. When it comes time to buy coffee, many of us are grumpy and focused on caffeinating ourselves as quickly as possible. Speed up the next person’s caffeination by paying for their drink.

7) Make a last minute dinner for you and your friends. After a long day at work, school, etc., the prospect of cooking can be entirely unappealing. Surprise your friends with a homecooked meal so they don’t have to eat LeanCuisine again.

8) Mentor someone. If you’re really good at something, share your knowledge. The best gift is one that keeps on giving, right?

9) Bake cookies for your office/workplace. Sometimes a little sugar is all it takes to perk up those colleagues who always seem to be complaining. Plus, bringing goodies gives you an excuse to binge on sweets.

Kudoboard as a Holiday Card: A New Spin on an Old Tradition

When the holiday season comes around and the days get shorter, many of us can barely find the time or energy to get to the gym, let alone compile a family card and have it printed and mailed. Even when we do get around to making a card or newsletter, at least one family member always seems to be too busy to participate. Looks like the annual family card won’t be annual for much longer… And to think, you were so excited for this opportunity to shamelessly brag about your kids!

Not so fast. When organizing the family for a card seems impossible, check out Kudoboard.  Using Kudoboard allows everyone to contribute to your holiday card whenever is most convenient to them. Simply invite your family to contribute to the online group card, and let them share life updates on their own time. After all, who doesn’t love to gloat a little about themselves, especially when Kudoboard makes it this easy.

Once everyone’s finished uploading his or her contributions, all you need to do is email the card link to your friends and relatives. Yup, that’s right—you’re saving paper and time.

Treat Yo’self: 7 Ways to Relax and Appreciate Yourself

We at Kudoboard recognize that showing appreciation for others is a whole lot easier when you are feeling appreciated yourself. That can be tough in December, a very stressful time for many of us as we confront the pressure to spend lots of money, entertain family, and pretend we like those Christmas carols. Before your anxiety and stress cause you to crash, try the following seven activities. Treat yourself so you can treat others.

  1. Take a warm bath. Don’t forget the bubbles and candles—you’ve got to do it right.
  2. Get some fresh air. Go for a walk. Nothing clears the mind like the great outdoors, and your body will appreciate the endorphins.
  3. Indulge in your favorite dessert(s). It’s okay to eat that whole pint of Ben & Jerry’s. It’s for therapeutic purposes, right?
  4. Buy that handbag or gadget you’ve been wanting. Sometimes a little retail therapy is all you need to bring up your mood and make you feel special.
  5. Practice mindful meditation. AHMMMMMMMMMM. Breathe in, breath out.
  6. Binge on your favorite Netflix show. Don’t feel guilty. A whole season of House of Cards? Yeah, what about it…
  7. Meet up for drinks with friends. Chat with your pals and throw back a couple martinis/beers while you’re at it.

These tips may seem trivial, but don’t underestimate the power of the little things.