I love lists and tools. I’ve used a number of different tools this past year to aid in creating and implementing my retirement lifestyle – a 52 new things challenge, seasonal bucket lists, vision boards, word-of-the-year, a jolts of joy listing (crafted versus my values), and out-of-my-comfort zone challenges. As we near the end of … Continue reading Taking Stock – What’s Working?
I've passed my third anniversary of my retirement date (where did the time fly; I still feel like I’m in transition) and my second year of blogging (excited that I’ve passed the infamous 18-month drop-off line, even if I’m not hitting my one per week personal goal). I enjoy top 10 lists, and avidly read … Continue reading Year 3 – Top 10
In early 2016, I was encouraged to create a 2016 Vision Board. Vision Boards are a fun way to use your creative side to visualize a future. My Vision Board for 2016 was full of color, created a very positive feel for my year, and supported the word of the year I had chose - … Continue reading Vision Board – 2016 Culmination
My word for this year is Joy. Living a year of finding joy in the little moments, finding joy in not working, and finding joy in exploring new things has been uplifting. New things that added joy to my life: a long-weekend trip to NOLA with hubby, Zumba, Cooking Boot Camp, regular beach yoga in … Continue reading The Joy of Not Working
When I chose the word “joy” for this year’s word, I wasn’t sure exactly what would happen. I had my new coffee mug imprinted with “Find Joy In Each Day”. I created my daily affirmation. I was not expecting that much. But I was pleasantly surprised, with this heightened awareness, how I could find the … Continue reading Word of the Year: Joy
When I choose my word for the year to be Joy, I wanted to be happier every day. Transitions are hard, and I wanted to intentionally manage the roller coaster of feelings this huge change of entering retirement was creating in my life. Being the geeky researcher, I did a bunch of reading about emotions. … Continue reading Increasing Emotional Awareness
One of the things I have tried to do during retirement transition is to stay positive about the changes happening. I have to admit, I am more a pessimist by nature and yes, I defiantly have RBF (for those new to that term….resting bitch face). During my work career, my pessimism showed up … Continue reading Turn that Frown Upside Down
Learning the joy of an empty calendar is not easy. Busy is a sign of worthiness, a sign of being needed and wanted, a sign of achievement and success. I found that a completely empty calendar just made me feel worthless, adrift, and unhappy. On a recent trip to our beach cottage, this was highlighted … Continue reading Joy in an Empty Calendar?
A How-to: Build into your daily life more of what brings you joy. As I was creating my new life rhythm in Retirement Transition, I recalled an exercise I had seen about Jolts of Joy. It was about identifying the little things in life that bring you joy - the small things that just bring … Continue reading Jolts of Joy