This post is a series of random blog post starters that never turned into full blogs. It’s emptying the files for a fresh start in the New Year.
- I saw this quote recently: “The idea that I have anything meaningful to impart is fraudulent.” I often have this feeling when I make a blog post. And that feeling was quadrupled as I hit the send button on publishing my book manuscript last month. The inner voice was screaming, “Who the h-ll do you think you are?” But I continue to make progress on silencing that voice and hope to announce the publication of my Retirement Transition book soon.
- I continue to slay the Compare & Despair Monster by focusing on what I have accomplished (52 New Things List!), the new identity I have formed (still has no obvious name/title though), the connections I’ve created both IRL and on-line, and the growing awareness and acceptance of who I am (my uniqueness). I HAVE adapted more healthy regimens, forged new friendships, and become more mindful and more positive.
- I need to learn to make art for the sake of creating. Work on a new belief that art does not need to be sold, or even shared… it can just be. The act of trying to create art – mixed media, jewelry, and origami – in itself can be enough. I WILL put time on my calendar to do one of these creative things.
- I’m struggling with some long-term bucket list items. Do I give up on those dreams? Our trip to Iceland to see the Northern Lights did not result in us seeing the Northern Lights. It was the right time and the right place, but Mother Nature was not cooperating. Do I try again or let go of the dream? My experience with getting a motorcycle license and learning to ride a scooter can be only described as terrifying. Again, do I give up this dream or push though that fear? Another long-term item came up recently in a friend’s conversation – getting an outfit hand made. This is easy-to-do when in Thailand, but when I travelled for work, I never was in Thailand for any extended period to make it happen. Now, it’s probably not going to happen. I’m struggling with how do I let go of these long-held bucket list items, or do I continue to hold onto them?
- I’ve the honor of guest blogging over on Kathy’s Smart Living 365 blog. I am delighted she asked me to do a New Year’s post over there. The topic is Happiness by Design and includes a tool to look at whether your actual activities and actions line up with your values-based plans. Check it out at this link.
- My Word of the Year 2019 = Journey.
Create the Vision. Plan the Path. Live the Journey.
What this means: Live every day as it comes. Find joy in each day. Practice positivity. Accept myself as I am. I will use my 101 New &/Or Fun Things in 2019 to track my journey. I will continue to focus on healthy habits, playing with words (reading, writing, crosswords), getting outside, enjoying our homes, dinner & conversation with friends (my absolute favorite thing), and having mini-adventures. That is my retirement lifestyle vision and hopefully my journey this coming year.
Happy New Year to All!