July is a big month for me here at Retirement Transition. It’s the anniversary of my retirement day (7 years) and the anniversary of my blog (6 years). As I have noted many times, I do think “retirement transition” continues to be an accurate term because retirement, like life, is a series of transitions. Some are big, like figuring what’s next after a time-consuming career, managing through a health crisis, or moving to a completely new state and environment. Others are small, like deciding to take on a new activity, establishing a new habit, or breaking some old conditioned responses.
It doesn’t feel like it’s been 7 years! Looking back on my blog posts however was like looking back on my retirement and everything I’ve tired on, learned about, or transitioned into. I have learned how to be (versus always doing), gotten more comfortable with being average (versus always trying to be perfect or achieve mastery), and gotten much better at not doing Compare & Despair or hearing expectations when they are not there. I’ve accepted I’m a planner and a dabbler and a bit of a homebody. And I’ve loved being part of the blogging community where I continue to be inspired, validated (yeah, I still need that), and challenged (in a good way).
- I’ve had 262 posts in the 6 years and over 30,000 visits to my blog. There are 850 individuals who have chosen to follow me and I am simply overwhelmed at that number! Thank you!
- I was surprised that my most viewed blog ever was Modern Day Renaissance Woman (link here from Sept 2019).
- I’ve posted many, many times about my Retirement Transition Process, which was based on applying the design thinking innovation approach I used in my career to an individual. Of course, many of those posts went into my book (still available here on Amazon – link). I’m considering doing some “Throwback Thursdays” to those retirement transition how-to posts in the near future for folks newer to my blog and closer to that big post-career retirement transition point. Please let me know if this would be of interest to you!
- I still use many of the Retirement Transition Cool Tools I discovered, in some cases modified, and then applied. Jolts of Joy (from September 2015!), Emotional Awareness (from May 2016), New Things Tracking (from June 2018) and Vision Statements (summary in Sept 2020) are some I use regularly. My current vision statement of “Active, Connected, Creative, and Contemplative” still resonates with me.
- I laughed at some of my blog titles, which I think show my quirky use of words but are also reflective of my personal truths: Thinking about Thinking (August 2018), Planned Spontaneity (November 2018), and Living the & (Feb 2020).
- My blog continues to be my life coach (first noted in March 2016!). But posts also reflect the areas of personal development I’ve explored from the 2019’s series on personal spirituality (too many to link) to 2020’s series on Positive Psychology (also too many to link) and most recently Enneagram and Human Design. I’ve incorporated many of the insights gathered to shift my self-limiting beliefs, grow in self-acceptance, and curate a retirement lifestyle that links to my core values and drives life satisfaction.
I’m not the person I was when I retired, nor the person I was when I began this blog. I’ve heard it said that we have a seven-year cycle and that feels about right. At this 7-year mark, I’m beginning a new lifestyle, in a new location, and compared to 7 years ago, as a new me. Happy Anniversary to me!
Picture: Taylor (and me) watching sunset one night this week.