Inspired by Mr Firestation’s blog on his “spark areas” about what he expects to be doing the first year of retirement, I took a look at what I am having fun doing! After my recent post on what-do-you-do, this list of things I’m having fun doing was eye-opening.
Here are some of the possibilities turned into realties in my own Spark Areas:
- Friends & Connections – regular networking over coffee/lunch/dinner (goal is 10 a month), started mid-week foodie club, local park dog-walks (friends & dog), continue to explore MeetUps, taking advantage of serendipity
- Play with Words– daily crossword, blogging (!), write book on retirement transition, read (including the classics)
- Creativity/Learning – pottery class, cooking class, explore spirituality, jewelry making (early days here)
- Love/Time with Tim – local theater, art & craft shows, food exploration, house-hunting, regular trips to Florida
- Work – Innovation Consulting LLC projects, YourEncore Expert, Retirement Life Coach, exploring SCORE volunteering
- Active Movement – Zumba, walking, beach yoga, SUP
- Travel/Adventure – planning NOLA, beginning to plan an African Safari (hits lots of items on my bucket list – across the equator, luxury trip, another continent, another country & wildlife spotting).
There are lots more things on the planned list: learn to swim next summer, learn to play chess, do yoga more regularly, explore Road Scholar (getting travel and adventure really kicking), do a zipline this spring. I am trying to take my own advice of no longer waiting for someday, but planning and doing many of the things on my possibility list.
Besides just having fun, I am hoping somewhere in here I will find my passion!