It’s hard to believe I just passed the 4th anniversary of this blog. I actually told someone it was the third… and then checked. Nope, I’ve been writing for 4 years! I started when I was “knee-deep” in my own retirement transition, still trying to figure out a vision, a plan, an identity, a new … Continue reading My Blog Anniversary – A long look back
As I approached my birthday, it was another event that reminds me to pause and look at how I’m living. My retirement life vision has me “living a healthy lifestyle”. Recently I told someone that I knew of a couple whose life vision was “50% fitness and 50% fun” and they reacted, “How could someone … Continue reading A Wellness Checkup
We live in a culture where “Being Busy” is glorified. But, it’s not really being… it’s doing and doing more. Doing more is perceived as being productive and worthy. A badge of honor - I’m important, so of course I’m busy! Try telling someone you’re Not Busy and watch his or her reaction. Obviously something … Continue reading Living Un-Busy?
It’s been said, whether true or not, that it takes 10,000 times to master a new skill. So practice, practice, practice is the key. I’m trying to master new thought patterns/new beliefs in order to modify my (often negative) conditioned responses. Active awareness is the first step. I’m a Thinker. I probably think too much … Continue reading Changing Conditioned Responses
In my retirement transition, I’ve discovered a love of trying new things. At first I expected that trying something new would allow me to find my “passion” - the one thing that I wanted to do above all else. I tried a number of things that just didn't work out at all. And nothing has … Continue reading A Few of My Favorite Things
This is part 2 of my personal notes (see part one link here) which capture some of the ideas in Wise Woman’s Way by Berta Parrish for self-discovery, understanding your belief systems, and creating your own life symbolism. Parrish explores both myths and folk tales to allow you to challenge your belief systems as well … Continue reading Spirituality Reading – Notes on Wise Woman’s Way – Part 2
Wise Woman’s Way by Berta Parrish has the subtitle of “A Guide to Growing Older with Purpose and Passion”. As I have often said, understanding my purpose and passion continue to be a challenge for me in my retirement transition. I was also intrigued with the use of the Wise Woman archetype. This blog captures … Continue reading Spirituality Reading – Notes on Wise Woman’s Way – Part 1