Lyme Regis couple hope to reinvent retirement after selling business

Tony and Stephanie Colston pictured at the launch of their new book, The Retireista Project

THE successful launch of The Retireista Project by local entrepreneurs Tony and Stephanie Colston at the weekend underlines the need for a change of mindset when planning our retirement, the couple say.

Serendip, on Broad Street in Lyme Regis, hosted the launch on Sunday, October 21 and over 70 local residents and visitors dropped in throughout the afternoon to share a celebratory glass of fizz and buy their signed copies of The Retireista Project.

The book – described as a practical guide to retirement – is brimming with inspirational anecdotes, case studies and advice designed to help everyone – and men in particular – get the best out of what should be the best years of our lives, according to the Colstons, who owned the former By The Bay restaurant on Lyme Regis seafront before selling up earlier this year.

But why men in particular?

“Because as we began to delve deeper into the subject, it became clear that men and women often react differently to the prospect – and realities – of retirement,” explains Tony.

“Women go through their lives constantly juggling roles – wife, mother, career woman; whereas men appear to be more strongly defined by their careers alone and consequently find it more difficult to adjust to this next phase of their lives.”

Having deliberately turned the focus of the book on men, Tony points out that The Retireisa Project is only one piece of the jigsaw puzzle when it comes to redefining the meaning of retirement.

He added: “As well as the book, our website is continually growing as a go-to resource for information about how everyone can adopt, and make the most of, the Retireista lifestyle.”

A series of interactive seminars is also in the pipeline, with a view to helping aspiring Retireistas plan their way out of retirement and into an exciting new life phase that will see them enjoying the best years of their lives once their conventional working lives come to an end.

Copies of The Retireista Project can be purchased at Serendip or online at

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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