* Synthesizer * Mid-life Blogger * Foodie * List Maker*
Retirement Life is a Series of Transitions
When I began this blog, back in 2015, I had recently discovered a joy of writing and was in the midst of figuring out what retirement was all about. My early retirement was a few years earlier than planned and given that timing and my work-focused life style, I had done no planning on what came next. What was this thing called retirement and how do I transition to it?
I’ve learned that there is no one-type-fits-all retirement vision and that retirement, like life, is a series of transitions – some small and some big. Along my own journey of transition, I created a “how-to” process. It’s based on Design Thinking, has lots of cool tools to help with figuring out what your unique retirement lifestyle could be, and I published it – my book is still available on Amazon (also called Retirement Transition – Amazon.com). I am still using many of these tools as I continue my on-going retirement journey.
My blog continues to share my own retirement journey. Paths are a significant symbolic component of my journey and therefore, my blog photo (taken by me on a hike in Alaska) is a representation of the Robert Frost poem reference of two paths diverged in a wood. What path am I taking in every life transition?
I continue to learn how-to move from a workaholic lifestyle to the retirement lifestyle I’ve envisioned, balancing do-ing and be-ing and shifting self-limiting beliefs. My love of synthesis means I often summarize and share the things I am interested in – from putting Positive Psychology into practice to forays into Feng Shui or Enneagram.
I currently completed a Big Transition with a move from the Mid-west (Cincinnati) where I lived for 35 years to the Gulf Coast of Florida (St Petersburg). Along with my also-retired husband and our Lab-mix dog, Taylor, we love the outdoor lifestyle this area offers.
With this blog, I hope to connect with others on a similar midlife transition journey from full-time career to what comes next.
And the biggest reason for our move – our sunrise and sunset views!
Updated June 2021