I did a post awhile back about things I will miss when we (finally) move. (see post Link here) I was encouraged to also look at things I’m looking forward to in this next big retirement transition.
We’ve been thinking about this move for a couple of years. We originally had it further out in the retirement vision, but things change (see blog link talking about that here). As it’s becoming more real (house is sold, movers are booked, boxes being packed, final dinners with friends happening), the bittersweet nature of the move is hitting hard.
It’s exciting to see this list of “what I’m looking forward to” is quite long! It will form the basis of my seasonal action plans and my new habits formation (start as you mean to go) as well as put a large focus on intentional connections activities. Lack of connections was the big factor in me originally not wanting to move. But in my retirement transition, I learned some approaches to help build connections and will put them into action with this new transition.
- Plan bi-monthly Tourist in Own Town excursions
- Puttering in the garden & learn a new ecosystem – succulents in pots, plants in containers, garden visits, nursery visits
- Shuffleboard dates – league?
- Explore philanthropic opportunities – 100 Women Who Care, FreeFall Theater, other?
- Getting house set – pendant lights, explore kitchen renovation, set up reading area, new outdoor dining table
- Hosting dinners/gatherings – home movie night, house warming with neighbors, craft afternoons?
- Engage in local Book Club, Garden Club, and Ladies Group; form a new Mid-Week Foodies Club
- Be active – Get on SUP and kayak, go to Beach Yoga, plan bike rides
- Become a local – Wednesday Morning Market, join local library, and find our “go to dinner place”
Yes, there are things, activities, and people I will miss, but I am excited to be starting this new stage of our lives.
Have you made a big move in your retirement? Any advice or watch-outs for me?
Picture: The house we are leaving (marketing picture)