One of the things I learned in studying Positive Psychology was that taking time to reminisce about positive experiences helps boost happiness. As a recovering negative thinker, this is not an easy task for me. It is also hard to not feel like I’m bragging (not something a “good girl” does!) if I share these things I’ve done.
Then I saw a post by blogger buddy Debbie discussing the differences between celebrating accomplishments and showing off/bragging. See link here – difference between celebrating accomplishments and showing off. In general, the consensus is to go ahead and talk about accomplishments – not to brag but to inspire,. So, whether it’s an example of all the things that can be accomplished after a life changing big move or in continuing to blog week in and week out, I hope this does inspire you.
So I’m doing it – an out of my comfort zone blog to talk about accomplishments. This next couple of months I’m celebrating three milestone anniversaries – a trifecta of 8 years retired, 7 years blogging, and 1 year Floridian!
Yes, it has been one year since the Big Move – 1000 miles from the Midwest to the Gulf Coast and a whole new lifestyle! Memories flooded me as I looked back over the ups and downs of this past year. I recalled the emotional turmoil of last summer’s isolation of the Red Tide, COVID Surge, and feeling like a failure in creating new connections. But there was also the positives of leaning into new experiences like regularly going to the local theater, becoming the appreciated designated planner for the Fun Crew, and enjoying learning about local gardening.
I reviewed the seemingly endless to-do list required in a move – a to do list that included all kinds of “adult-ing” needs – downsizing and donating (space is limited in Florida with no basement!); dealing with multiple vehicle registrations, flood insurance, and local doctors identification; and learning where everything is locally. And realizing that there are still some things not done on that list!
There was the unexpected and delightful kitchen refresh we did. I had forgotten my attempt at creating new habits (some stuck, most didn’t). I had also forgotten last summer’s Throwback Thursday series on the blog. I am quite proud of taking a chance on the late winter/early spring tangent series I did on various aspects of feminine consciousness, a topic I am still exploring.
It was amazing to me actually how much I fit into our first year here! Most days, I am quite happy about where I am, living my retirement lifestyle vision: Active Body, Connected Heart, Creative Soul, Contemplative Mind. There are still aspects I want to improve on and some things on the 22 for 22 list I need to get working on. But I do feel, after only one year, this is home and I’ve accomplished a lot, including creating IRL friend circles.
The BLOG at 7 years
When I started blogging, I wasn’t even a blog reader. I had just realized I found joy in writing and sharing my thought/ideas and it seemed like a good outlet. Now 312 posts later (!), over 100,000 views, and more than 900 followers making over 6200 comments, I can’t imagine stopping. And, I’m simply amazed at those numbers. I wonder at times where I’ll find new things to talk about. But then I recall that I find joy in the writing and inspiration in the connection my insights find, like sharing my insights into exploring feminine consciousness. And so I plug and chug for another post… like one bragging on accomplishments!
It was interesting to see that my most read posts this past year were all about activities: Mid Winter Review, Action Plan 2022, and When is it Too Much . Yes, that will inspire me to do some other activity-focused posts! After all, I am living my retirement lifestyle vision, created using the tools detailed in my Retirement Transition book. (Yes, still available – here’s link to Amazon) ☺
Retirement – 8 years later
I am finally fine with telling people I am retired. Maybe because I’m now approaching an age when it’s not as odd to be retired? Or maybe because I’ve learned to love the freedom I have living a lifestyle I’ve created, based on my own interests and values and not based on the should, the ought to, or the expected to? Or maybe Florida is just more accepting of retiree’s?
I am a very different person now than when I retired or even started this blog. I know I am extremely blessed – with financial security, with a supportive spouse, with good health. After 8 years, it’s often hard to recall the person I used to be. And I’m OK with that. I still believe that retirement is, like life, a series of transitions. And so, my retirement (and life) transitions continue…living on the Florida Gulf Coast, being a blogger, and continuing to explore things I find interesting.
Net, taking the time to reminisce about positive experiences DOES help boost happiness!
Thanks for indulging me in my celebration of the milestones..
Picture: Latest playing with crafts – turning old glass lampshades into garden solar night lights