About Me

** Aspiring Writer ** Researcher – Synthesizer ** Innovation Consultant **

As you pass the half-century mark, are you still asking yourself “Who do I want to be when I grow up?”

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 which I am still in.

Part of the transition was (re)discovering who I wanted to be whenI 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!  With this blog, I am hoping to connect with others on similar transition journey from full-time career to what comes next.  My focus will be less about the money and more about the “who am I now?” and “what do I do with my time?”

I currently live in the Mid-west (Cincinnati) with my also-recently retired husband and our Lab-mix dog, Taylor.

I recently added pictures to the blog.  (Yes, finally figured out that skill.)  I am finding that paths are becoming very symbolic to me.  From Robert Frost reference of two paths diverged in a wood to climbing paths to the tops of mountains.  What path forward am I taking?

Enjoying a Fall day at Pyramid Hill.
Enjoying a Fall day at Pyramid Hill.

12 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi Pat,
    Thanks for following my blog…it looks like we have a lot in common in our mutual transitioning to this new retirement reality! Looking forward to reading more of your adventures.

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  2. Hi Pat, I found your site via the comment that you made on Kathy Merlino’s site. I am a work-at-home mom (i.e., middle age housewife) who draws a lot of inspiration from ladies who are a bit older than myself.

    I mean, I think I can learn so much from your insight, since you’ve already been down my path.

    Keep up the good work, and please let me know if you’d like to know more about freelance writing…which is what I do when I’m not being wife/mom.



  3. I saw your interview with Maddy. She interviewed us last week. We are former “workaholics” who also struggled with having fun! We’ve transitioned into full-time RVers. There are a lot of couples like you two, young and healthy with a dog, who travel, sightsee and enjoy life….and some even make $$$$ with their writing skills. I’ve “reblogged” a few on our site.
    Drop in and have a look around!


  4. Pat, I look forward to how a successful research expert like yourself will enlighten and inspire those of us who aren’t being as thorough or systemic. Great work so far.


  5. ok, here’s a spot for a reply! More connections: my hubby is also retired and we have a 3 yr. old lab. And, all of our interests and focus are the same! Welcome to blog land, remember that Oprah says it is very therapeutic to write, and if nothing else, will keep the brain going!

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    1. Pat, it sounds as if we have a lot in common! And although I am not a mid-westerner, I married one (from Middletown, OH). I have also launched a freelance writing business, Cypress Business Communications, Inc. If you ever want to chat about any of this transition stuff and compare notes, I am happy to. My direct email is leigh@cypressbizcomm.com. All the best!

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      1. I will connect with you direct. I am intrigued with “freelance writing business”. I would love to talk more about transition also. I am actually at my 12 month mark, and still in transition.

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