* Synthesizer * Innovation Consultant * Foodie *
Updated April 2019
As I pass my third year writing this blog, I have to wonder, am I still in retirement transition? And the reality is: I am still using the tools I discovered in my first years of retirement transition, because life, including retirement life, is a series of transitions.
In July 2014, I retired from a 30+ year corporate career with one company. This timing was a few years earlier than planned, as a highly attractive, early retirement package was offered. Given the timing and my work-focused life style, I did not have a plan in place for what came next. I am a planner by nature, so the days after the retirement moment became a journey of transition.
Part of the transition was (re)discovering who I wanted to be when I grow up and what I wanted to do. I uncovered a desire to write, a love of research & synthesis, and a realization that I liked to advise/teach others. This all merged into creation of this… my Retirement Transition blog and then later, my book also called Retirement Transition.(available on Amazon.com)
With this blog, I continue to hope to connect with others on a similar midlife transition journey from full-time career to what comes next. Learning how to move from working as a workaholic to living life; balancing do-ing and be-ing; and fully embracing a 21st century retirement lifestyle.
I am finding that paths are a significant symbolic component of my journey. 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 forward am I taking in every life transition?
I currently live in the Mid-west (Cincinnati) with my also-retired husband and our Lab-mix dog, Taylor. We travel frequently to our beach cottage near St Petersburg, Florida.