I’ve been feeling wrong for having put structure into place in my retirement – my need for daily and weekly routines, having things planned, keeping track of experiences..Maybe I perceive expectations or critiques that are not there, but too often I’m hearing that structure or planning is the wrong thing in retirement. (Yes, I am … Continue reading A Continuum of Structure
I’ve enjoyed reading a number of posts recently where individuals looked back at what was exciting and fun in the preceding month. Some folks look at their picture rolls – but I’m not yet taking pictures regularly! Some look at the gratitude lists – which made me realize I’ve not been that great on that … Continue reading A Look Back at a Joyful May
Over my emerging feminine consciousness series of blog posts this late winter and early spring, including posts on goddesses and childhood abandonment, I almost always finished a post with things I would do. I’m a huge believer in “so what” and to-do lists. But I started to wonder, “Am I doing what I said I … Continue reading Am I Doing What I Said I Would Do?
Although now that we are living in Florida and it feels like it’s been summer for weeks, and even though Summer Solstice on June 21st is often referred to as the start of summer, I’ve always felt that Memorial Day weekend was the start of summer. Last summer was a rough one emotionally (huge feeling … Continue reading Summer Planning
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 … Continue reading A Trifecta Anniversary Post
This year I did not do a WOTY (Word of the Year), but decided to live with intention against my current retirement lifestyle vision statement. This vision statement has been a consistent one for a few years now. More recently, I made the link to the mind, body, heart, and soul framework, which strengthened the … Continue reading Life Vision Update
A number of folks I know are in the process of starting their retirement transition. (The pandemic seems to have pushed a number of people to say, “That’s enough of full time working.”) And a few have commented that they are not sure what to engage in next. I understand that feeling as I myself … Continue reading What Stuck and What Didn’t
Just like in my early days of retirement transition, I’m dealing with a roller coaster of emotions. The Big Move was a big change and there are still days when I think, “Oh, we’ll be heading back to Ohio soon.” But we are not. That moment often stops me in my tracks. That feeling of … Continue reading A Mid-Winter Review
I am back to a more normal retirement journey conversation this week. My current life quandaries: When does it get to be too much? How do I keep track of all the new people I'm meeting and who likes what? Do I publish controversial blog posts? When will I feel comfortable enough to begin doing … Continue reading When is it too much?
For me, planning is a creative and motivating activity. It helps give shape to my dreams/visions and allows me to build structure & routine. Plans for me are not set in stone – I am fine (usually) with changing plans along the way. I’ve learned that I am not great with having day after day … Continue reading Action Plan 2022