Leaving the workforce to retire can bring you to a real crossroads: It may be a moment to seize the day and change your life course in a new direction, or it may be a time of dread, wondering what your identity is now that your professional profile is gone. For women, the challenges can even be more momentous: they may have fewer resources available in retirement and potentially longer lives ahead than men. Kiplinger recently laid out the obstacles, and opportunities, that can await retired women depending upon their creativity and vision. Karen Wagner and Erica Baird, the founders of Lustre, recently shared their top-five tips for women who are looking for their next act upon retiring in this Forbes article. Everyone seems to agree that modern women retiring from a career can continue to pursue new ventures and re-invention, if not in traditional workplaces then perhaps with new creations of their own. For an example of one older woman who has continued to zig and zag into new career directions, take a look at the life course of Arianna Huffington Here. Finally, perhaps for the modern retired woman, her best course may be working for herself, as a freelance entrepreneur. That is the way the work world is heading, as predictions suggest the majority of us working in 10 years will be in that position. So print up those business cards and take a look at these tips for freelancing Here.