This year I did not do a WOTY (Word of the Year), but decided to live with intention against my current retirement lifestyle vision statement. This vision statement has been a consistent one for a few years now. More recently, I made the link to the mind, body, heart, and soul framework, which strengthened the vision for me.
Active Body, Connected Heart, Creative Soul, Contemplative Mind
Here are some of the things happening in each area so far this year:
Active Body – This part of my framework also encompasses where the body lives (physical home and environment). I enjoy the time I spend in the garden – yes, even the weeding. Time in nature is easy when I can sit on my patio and watch the sun reflecting on the water. I’ve finally gone back to weekly beach yoga! I do need to increase my beach walking, strength training, and bike riding, as those tend to be too sporadic.
Connected Heart – Since the beginning of my retirement, this has been, and continues to be, a steady focus area. Between keeping connected to physically distant friends with walk & talks (or whine & wines) and working on establishing new friends IRL locally, being intentional here takes time and effort. But it is worth it! Some of this helps me stay active too, with those sporadic beach walks or evenings of shuffleboard. And this focus also helps with investing in experiences, a key positivity practice.
Creative Soul – I added “Get Crafty” to my positivity practices list and I think it has helped! Beyond creativity in writing (all my synthesis posts of emerging feminine consciousness, goddesses, and abandonment), I’ve started being craftier. I really enjoy playing with beads making fairy wands and up-cycling wine corks into various things. It’s not high art, but it’s fun. And yes, everyone I know is getting the craft outputs!
Contemplative Mind – I continue to think about thinking; better understanding the mind (my mind!) fascinates me. I am also actively working on being more positive and accepting about life (as a recovering critical pessimist). Practicing gratitude, shifting self-limiting beliefs, being more aware of my triggers, and continuing to explore areas of interest in this space are all parts of my daily living. I’ve got my “summer reading list” ready to go.
Pat’s Positivity Practices – I’ve synthesized all the things I’ve learned about in Positive Psychology, the Blue Zones, the Science of Well-being, reading on positive aging, etc. into a list of my Positivity Practices for Personal Growth:
Savor the Little Things in Life
Morning Journal & Daily Gratitude
Invest in Experiences
Intentional Connections – IRL & Virtual
Embrace Self-Empowering Beliefs; Shift Negative Self-talk to Positive
Shift Compare & Despair to Observe & Admire
Understand your Triggers; Use your Glimmers
Look Inside for Validation; Listen to Your Intuition
Appreciate Time Abundance – Just Be
Connect to Nature
Be Active – Daily Movement – Functional Fitness
Adequate Sleep & Manage Body Maintenance
Encourage your Love of Learning
These practices align with my retirement lifestyle vision statement and have a heavy focus on some of the thinking shifts I’m working on.
A surprise in my Tarot Reflection
I use Tarot card readings at various times of the year to help reflect on where I am and where I am heading. I did a 4-card pull with a new tarot deck (Light Seers Tarot) – one card each for Body, Mind, Heart, and Soul. This (recommended to me) deck is less symbolic and more artistic, so I wasn’t sure where it would lead me; I like symbolism! It was absolutely fascinating. The card for Body literally said, “Get active”; the card for Soul said, “Create your own reality.” The card for Heart was about letting go of toxic/negative people, and the card for Mind was about listening to your intuition and awareness of your own beliefs. If this isn’t crazy synchronicity, I don’t know what is! It affirmed that my framework is right for me at this time!
This year, although I do miss the fun of using a WOTY, focusing on my lifestyle vision framework is definitely helping me live a retirement I’m enjoying!
Do you have a retirement lifestyle vision that’s working for you?
Picture Credit: Pixabay …. not a single photo taken by me this week!