Big Retired Life is a curated, go-to resource for active, financially secure retirees who want to prioritize what matters and derive the most from their retirement years. As with many life phases, retirement is a time to reimagine life and that requires advanced planning. The best part about this blog is that it enables you to learn from others’ experiences and from experts who study the field. Join us and imagine the possibilities.


Diana Sunshine, Founder / Chief Future Retiree

Hi, I’m Diana. I’m a mission-driven, community builder with 20+ years experience in EdTech, Fundraising, and Non-Profit management. I’m a San Francisco Bay Area native and live in Portola Valley with my husband, two daughters, and adorably large dog. I find joy in the beauty of the arts and nature. I enjoy backpacking, mountain biking, running, skiing, yoga, and surfing. 

James Vreeland, Creative Designer

Hi!  I’m James.  I’m a third-year Graphic Design and Studio Art student at San Jose State University. As a California native, my interests naturally include surfing, camping, crafting and cooking. I practice art in many forms including photography, printmaking, graphic and spatial design, and more recently, glassblowing. 

Iqbal Nurjadin, Systems Architect

Hi! I’m Iqbal. I am a senior at UC Berkeley studying cognitive science. I grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia and for the past few years have found myself hopping between the east and west coast of the United States. My favorite hobbies include reading, cycling, golf, and playing in team sports.

Lucia Tedesco, Data Wrangler

Hi! I’m Lucia. I am an obsessive knitter, avid reader, and amateur runner with a passion for political activism and social justice. Born and raised in Roma, I moved to Silicon Valley twenty-five years ago for “just two years” and made this country my second home. A statistician by training, I have twenty years of experience in fundraising and donor relations. I firmly believe that almost everything in life can be solved with a good spreadsheet or a well-designed database.