I think I’ve found one “syndrome/complex” I don't have! I’m not saying it’s not real; it is just one I have not (yet?) experienced - Invisible Woman Syndrome. I’ve written before about the Bag Lady Syndrome and the Imposter Complex. (Link here) I have experienced both – not that either has any truth to them, … Continue reading Invisible Woman Syndrome
July is a big month for me here at Retirement Transition. It’s the anniversary of my retirement day (7 years) and the anniversary of my blog (6 years). As I have noted many times, I do think “retirement transition” continues to be an accurate term because retirement, like life, is a series of transitions. Some … Continue reading Happy Anniversary to Me!
I’ve mentioned before I like to dabble. I’ve dabbled in Feng Shui, Chakra healing, crystals, astrology, new moon rituals, and Tarot readings. I’ve also dabbled in "personality" understanding. I’ve heard the negatives on almost all the personality and strength tests but in general find that if you use them for self-reflection and how to grow … Continue reading Dabbling in Human Design
This year is my year of personal spirituality exploration and I continue to read (recommended) books, listen to on-line meditation series (Chopra Center), read various blogs (such inspiration out there!), and have started listening to podcasts. Last weekend, I even went to a weekend Yoga Wellness Retreat, which included a guided meditation and a Reiki … Continue reading Spirituality Exploration Continued
In Ageless Soul - The Lifelong Journey Toward Meaning and Joy by Thomas Moore, he presents the concept of actively aging versus simply growing old. I was intrigued by the subtitle of this book as it brought in my word of the year (journey) as well as the concept of life meaning. From the beginning … Continue reading Spirituality Reading – Cliff Notes on Ageless Soul
I’ve enjoyed a number of the free meditation series offered by the on-line Chopra Center (link) This blog post summarizes some of the insights I gathered from the one on Healing the Whole Self. As part of my retirement transition, I am actively trying to live a healthier lifestyle and I hoped this meditation series … Continue reading Living a Healthier Lifestyle
I had the opportunity to input to a Retirement Voices book, an idea from Leslie Inman and Roxanne Jones. In their own words, “We’re creating a book entitled Voices from the Other Side…of Retirement. It will be a guide for soon-to-be-retiring women, with advice, lessons learned and stories from women who’ve already left the working world—a … Continue reading Retirement Voices – Share your story, too.
I picked up Brené Brown's book The Gifts of Imperfection mostly because of its subtitle: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are. In my Retirement Transition Journey, I am intentionally working on discovering who I truly am, versus continuing to behave as I believe I am expected to … Continue reading Do You Like Yourself?
This post captures my reactions and take-aways to the book: From Age-ing to Sage-ing by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. Written almost 25 years ago, you would think that the perceptions of retirement would have progressed further. The book covers the ideas that retirement removes primary source of self-worth and the lack of positive role models to show … Continue reading A More Contemplative Lifestyle?
One of the things I did this spring was to explore a 21-day on-line meditation podcast (sponsored by Oprah and Deepak Chopra). For me this was both something new and something out of my comfort zone. I’ve never done podcasts (don't judge my tech-phobia), nor had I really tried meditation. Savasana in yoga or daily … Continue reading Meditation Exploration