Just like in my early days of retirement transition, I’m dealing with a roller coaster of emotions. The Big Move was a big change and there are still days when I think, “Oh, we’ll be heading back to Ohio soon.” But we are not. That moment often stops me in my tracks. That feeling of “this is it” is a bit unsettling.
Some days I feel like I’m completely living the retirement lifestyle I’ve envisioned. And other days, I wonder if I’ll ever be the person I want to be. I’m struggling to rebalance doing (my natural tendency) and being (quiet stuff that does soothe my soul). This past week was a more positive balance – few high activity days followed by a couple of super chill days. I’m hoping to keep that balance going!
While we have done the Florida snowbird visit for a few years, this has been the first year we have been here consistently through the holidays and early winter, or what consists of winter in Florida. Hubby was happy that the “cold snap” a few weeks ago was only a low in the 40’s instead of single digits and that it lasted only 3 days! OK, he probably would have liked to not have even that level of coldness. By the first of February, we saw sunny days of 78 with a light breeze. Windows open on Groundhog Day? I am wondering (once again) why I moved down half a closet of heavy winter clothes. And then, cool weather came back. A roller coaster of temperatures might be our new winter expectation!
My mid-winter reflection shows that despite an insanely high COVID resurge, I was able to kick off a number of new Out & About experiences including three items on my long-term bucket list. From trying belly dancing to joining in on a road rally to seeing the manatees in their winter huddle to taking an airboat ride near Everglades National Park, I’ve been doing a lot. Book reading and new recipe cooking have both “suffered” so my tracking lists for the year show 23 New Experiences, 5 Books Read, and 2 New Recipes tried.
I have been taking more photos! So here’s a set for mid-winter reflection, which shows some things I love to do – from beach shell collecting to animal spotting to fun with friends:
And, I am doing a Link-up with Denyse Whelan at her blog for #LifeThisWeek.
How’s your winter going?