Sometimes in this retirement life, I feel like I need to start with an “AA” like statement, “Hi, my name is Pat and I’m a planner”. I’ve learned that I need written plans – weekly schedules and daily to-do’s. Seasonal action plans also fit this need. When I have plans in place I feel a sense of calmness. Not everything comes to fruition or things get added/changed and that’s OK. I still need a starting plan.
My life vision for my retirement lifestyle continues to be:
Active. Connected. Creative. Contemplative.
Summer Summary – My summer list followed that vision statement format and here’s a summary of how that worked:
- Active – The good: Executed Out & About Mini-adventures and tracked them with my 101 New Things list. My favorites were the Burning Man exhibit at the Art Museum, attending both a Reds game and an FCC soccer game, and getting out once to SUP. The not so good: I did not plan the Mammoth Cave visit. (It’s been on my summer list now for three years!) And Movement (almost) every day including making strength training a habit went to the sideline as I dealt with a 6-week restricted-movement surgery recovery. I did keep my mind active through that time as I read over 30 books this summer – some inspirational and many just for fun.
- Connected – This was a big win. Time with Friends included an outdoors dinner on our deck, porch time wine, lots of lunches & dinners, and even some fun activities with friends. I was so excited to have my first ever blogging buddy meet-up! We also met up with my family twice – once a quick visit as my mom was dealing with her own recovery (back issue) and once to celebrate my newly adopted great-nieces. Blogging also continued as I did a number of super fun (for me) posts – here are links: 5-year A to Z, Un-busy, and a blog look back.
- Creative – This area continues to be a challenge, but I did take two classes in Grant Writing, continued Wire Crafting, and went to a series of creative classes – cooking, silk-screening, and hand-lettering. Oh, and I need to keep in mind hat blog writing is creative, too!
- Contemplative – I do continue to Explore Spirituality (blog link) with another meditation series, spending time outdoors, and reading & summarizing inspirational books, although I did not explore new church (which has also been on my to-do list for a long time).
I think my Autumn Action Plan will follow the same format – broad categories with some specific to-do items. This fall also includes a long visit at our Florida beach cottage, so there are Ohio and Florida activities to consider!
- Active: Restart strength training and make it a habit (work in listening to podcasts while doing it!); Lots of yoga and biking in Florida; Try Orange-Theory when back in OH in October; More healthy cooking in FL with regular visits to the seafood market; Plan a fall hike (leaf color).
- Connected: Re-establish Florida connections; Make & execute plans in both places – dinners, wine tasting, walks & talks, shuffleboard (FL), museum visits (FL), pedicure (FL), Cyclones game (OH), corn maze (OH), bonfire & s’mores (OH).
- Creative: Continue blog writing; Continue book promotion plan execution (seminar in late October; another round of emails); Do something crafty in Florida; Plan Stitch-fix or Trunk Co or eShakti; Pull out the origami kit!
- Contemplative: Read and summarize 2 more inspirational books (order KH set); Decide about continuing grant writing or not (is this a fear-based reaction to a potentially life-changing opportunity?); Continue contemplation of The Heroine’s Journey
I like having my action plans linked to my retirement lifestyle vision statement. And putting it “out there” in the blog-o-sphere gives me a feeling of accountability! Yes, “My name is Pat and I’m a planner.”
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