I am a planner. Even in retirement, I need to have things on the calendar. Not crazy busy days, not every day something, but a good selection of activities across the week that fit my retirement lifestyle vision. I find that seasonal action planning helps me both continue the things that are working for me as well as put focus on things that I need to boost. An added bonus is reviewing the past season accomplishments. These are not necessarily huge wins, but are elements of living a retirement lifestyle that brings contentment.
Highlights from the summer of 2021 are surprisingly good. Despite Red Tide (serious algae bloom that made outdoor activities almost impossible due to bad air) and COVID Resurge (causing a pull-back on social commitments again), there were a number of things that made me smile looking back:
- Immersion in local flora, including garden visits, nursery visits, garden club talks, and planting new things around the yard.
- Beach time, when I could. Beach walks, shelling, and even a new beach I finally explored.
- Sunrises, sunsets, storms, and stars. One of the things I was looking forward to in Florida was being outside more, becoming more aware of the seasons, the phases of the moon, the tides.
- Foodie fun. I enjoyed the 12 pounds of peaches from The Peach Truck (yummy smoothies!), playing with new spices (a housewarming gift – thanks Lori B) and fresh herbs (another gift – thanks Donna L), plus summer foods like corn on the cob, iced coffee, and margaritas.
- Completing the Kitchen Refresh. It expanded to include all new appliances, but also a sea-glass colored backlash, white cabinets with new hardware, and pendant lights. I’m super happy with how it turned out.
- Completing The Big Move details. From “ists” appointments to lawyer meetings to DMV visits, it feels nice to have (almost) everything done!
Looking ahead to this fall, I’m continuing my focus on living my retirement lifestyle vision: Active (body), Connected (heart), Creative (soul) and Contemplative (mind). While I’m not going to list the various activities that fit in those spaces, there are some specific things for fall and this fall in particular, that need mention:
- Fall foods! I need to find apple sources (apple fritters, apple cider). And look up some new soup and chili recipes, although with temps still in the high 80’s I am not 100% sure when that fall comfort food cooking will commence.
- Kick start some of the living in Florida activities that have not yet been started – live theater going, beach yoga, local foodie dinner monthly, long bike ride, SUP/Kayak. Plan “out & about” activities for both hubby dates and girlfriend day trips.
- Nagging hubby weekly to work on office and garage sorting, organization, and de-cluttering/donating.
Is there something you’re planning for this fall specifically?
Picture Credit: Fall beach walk this week, more birds and sand clean-up tracks than people!