My original Autumn Action Plan (post link) was aligned to my current retirement lifestyle vision and recognized a long visit at our Florida beach cottage. It did not, however, recognize that we were going to buy a new home in Florida! That shift in direction (post link) has really created a mind-space traffic jam in my head.
I don’t usually do a mid-season review of my Seasonal Action Plan, but I am feeling the need to re-evaluate, reset, and perhaps celebrate, where I am at the moment on my autumn plans.
- Active: I’m struggling to restart the strength training (and make it a habit) but I have incorporated listening to podcasts the few times I have done it! I did lots of yoga and biking in Florida (yeah!), but since back in the Ohio’s cool weather, my FitBit is crying from lack of use (meaning very few steps!). I am missing my regular walk & talks (2 of 3 friends I did these with are now working full-time) and missed doing a fall color hike (colors were here & gone fast). But I just booked into trying Orange-Theory for a month. Net, I feel like I am putting a plan into place to try and re-set being active, but also worrying will it be enough to meet my “be active” lifestyle intent?
- Connected: Making & executing plans in both places (OH & FL) continued to be a focus, but I am starting to pull back a little as I’m feeling overwhelmed with things to do. My Fun And/or New Things tracking (yearly goal setting) shows:
- Had a few girlfriend “dates” – wine tastings, going for a pedicure, afternoon shopping, taking a cooking class.
- Did multiple date nights with hubby – Dali Museum & dinner, multiple theater shows, an art walk night in St Pete
- Had fun activities (some combined with new restaurants) – shuffleboard in Florida, couples dinner & theater, foodie-friends dinner
I have a number of things already planned for November (including 2 weekends away), and I’m thinking I might allow December to be a quiet month, meaning no more planning. Can I prevent myself from planning connections (and feel OK with that) to allow time for some of the pre-moving activities?
- Creative: My biggest area of creativity is my writing. While I continue to do blog writing, my book promotion plans do not feel like creativity. Recent book promotional stuff includes:
- Presented a seminar on my book that seemed to be well accepted, but it only sold 10 copies of my book. (Making only $5 a copy, that is not a lucrative time investment.)
- I’ve engaged in (& paid for) another promotional activity. This new promotional activity is taking up a lot of time because of my learning curve.
Unfortunately my book cost outlay continues to be significantly ahead of income. So not only is it beginning to feel like non-creative time, it’s starting to feel like I’m just loosing money. When do I call it “done”?
I’ve dropped the fashion creative activity (ala Stitch-fix or something similar) because I do not need any more northern winter clothes. I did enjoy a painting night with my Florida ladies group. But, being creative on a regular basis continues to challenge me.
- Contemplative: I will still read 2 more inspirational books (I have 5 sitting on the shelf ready to read!) and will summarize my contemplation of them. I’m not sure how much of my summarizing of the latest book reading in this space will provide blog-fodder as it’s getting real personal – more so than I’ve been in the past.
Also, I am still trying to decide what to do with my grant-writing learning – i.e. do I get involved with a non-profit or not. The future move is certainly weighing heavy on this specific thinking as well – starting a non-profit relationship in Ohio knowing it’ll only be short term feels like wasted effort. Or is it just another excuse for non-volunteering? Like creativity, volunteer work continues to elude me!
And now I have the question – Where do all the things-to-do-to-manage-the-move fit into my (current) lifestyle vision? Because that is taking a lot of mind-space and actual time spent.
Not a complete Autumn Plan reset, but it’s good to think through how our big new “project” fits into my daily retirement life and not just pile it on! Do you take time to reset plans when a big new “project” comes into your life?
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