In 2022, my focus was all about learning to live in Florida full-time. I called my blog Retirement Transitions, and this was a really big transition for our retirement. We have been living in Florida full-time for 19 months and I do feel like we have settled in well.
I am coming to terms with a number of realities. 1) I really do not like to travel although I feel like I should as everybody seems to do it in retirement. I do feel a sense of missing out when I hear about other’s trips. 2) I’m not a water-baby although I live on the water and I feel like I should be kayaking and SUP-ing on a regular basis. 3) I have a solid group of new acquaintances becoming friends and I should probably stop looking at Ladies Meet-ups. The meet-ups I attended were OK but most did not lead to new friendships. Yes, also a lot of should-ing awareness going on here!
In 2022, I had a 22 for 22 List that focused on daily living activities that aligned to my Retirement Lifestyle Vision Statement and also to my Positive Psychology Practices. (link here)
Active Body, Connected Heart, Creative Spirit, and Contemplative Mind
I do enjoy tracking things, not as much for achievement of the numerical goal but to look back and reminisce on the fun things I’ve done. My New Experience goal for 2022 was 101, and I hit 117. That’s a wow and yes, many were new Florida experiences, including: looking for shark teeth at Venice Beach, a great Everglades visit (lots of alligators and 2 new-to-me bird spots), going to Weekie Watchie, winter manatee viewing, volunteering at a summer kids camp, doing an Escape Room, taking the Cross Bay Ferry, doing a bioluminescent kayaking evening, seeing the Rowdies play, lots of new restaurants, and being an elf for the town holiday party. We also experienced our first hurricane evacuation and I learned about the local assisted living facilities. Since I am repeating doing many things that I enjoy (beach yoga, cardio drumming, beach walk & talks, arts & craft shows, local theater attendance, shuffleboard evenings, solo shelling walks, museum visits), I’m thrilled I still found so many new things to experience, many as part of my planning Fun Tribe activities. Next year my Invest in Experience positivity practice will include more “Tourist in Own Town” ideas and foodie dinners.
My New Recipes took a big hit as I got out of the mode of exploring new ways to cook. This was a surprise looking back since we have an induction stove I still need to fully figure out. My actual 14 new recipes tried was far short of my reduced-for-2022 goal of 24. However, the banana bread made from our own banana tree fruit was pretty good and I have 2 of those new recipes now in regular rotation.
My Books Read goal of 52 was hit. That number does not include some comfort books re-read and a complete re-read of the JD Robb “In Death” series. I find comfort in re-reading certain books were I love the characters and know they will have a happy ending – I have 15-20 of these on my shelf and they will come out when I need a “glimmer”. (See post about glimmers here). My book clubs push me to read newer books and different genres, which many of the 52 fit. And then there was my summer reading program, which I fully enjoyed (see my summaries of that here, here and here).
The big missed items on the 2022 list were: Plan & execute a trip for 30th Anniversary, Ebay selling of stuff (did get things listed but nothing is selling!), and figuring out how to get hubby to do his long list of items (Glue sandals, Fix shorts, Reduce clothing racks, Organize office & garage).
Activities that will continue into 2023 include Cardio Drumming (since last summer), local Zumba class (began in fall), weekly beach yoga, morning journaling, crosswords (not daily anymore, but still regular), monthly full moon/ low tide shelling (often solo), and blogging. I will continue to be intentional in connecting with far-away friends, planning local Fun Tribe activities, and engaging with my Garden Clubs. I had a big increase in crafting this past year – making centerpiece bottles for a local wine festival, doing craft workshops at my Garden Clubs, looking at thrift stores for materials (up-cycling glass) and just having fun with corks, beads, and glass – and expect that will also continue into 2023.
I’m not doing a WOTY (Word of the Year), nor a “23 for 23” List. While these tools worked well for me in past years, this year I will focus instead on continuing to do activities that align to my Retirement Lifestyle Vision Statement and my Positive Psychology Practices, using a seasonal Possibilities List to spur my planning. And yes, I will continue to keep track (list) of new experiences, books read, and new recipes tried, and continue to shift my mindset from the need to hit a numerical goal to the joy of having the lists to reminisce.
Do you do your own year-end review? Have you changed approaches to your yearly planning as you’ve moved further into retirement?
Picture Credit: me – a Christmas Sunrise
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