In 2022, my focus was all about learning to live in Florida full-time. I called my blog Retirement Transitions, and this was a really big transition for our retirement. We have been living in Florida full-time for 19 months and I do feel like we have settled in well. I am coming to terms with … Continue reading 2022 Year in Review
It continues to be a challenge for me to think about seasonal changes here in Florida. Even in December, I am in shorts and flip-flops most days with high temperatures in the 80s (in F, that’s mid 20’s C). I’m not wearing Christmas sweaters; I'm buying Christmas T-shirts! This year I shifted focus to seasonal … Continue reading Fall to Winter Transition
In one of my summer readings, I came across the concept that a life of discipline leads to fullness of life (happiness). “With a life live with discipline, we become a better version of ourselves every day, able to fulfill our destiny and find happiness.” Mathew Kelly As I continue to process my acceptance of … Continue reading Dabbling versus Discipline
When I retired, I made a conscious effort to become a more positive person. During my career, I was a critical, cynical pessimist. I was the first to point out the issues in anything, including what might go wrong 3 steps down the path being taken. I even had a boss once tell me I … Continue reading Daily Gratitude for a Positive Mindset
Part of my retirement has been figuring out hobbies. For years I was a workaholic and didn’t have many outside of work interests – no hobbies, no clubs, no exercise program. When I started my own hobby-exploration, I wasn’t even sure what a range of hobby options there was! Although my days now do include … Continue reading Retirement Hobbies
Given my blog’s name, I do continue to read articles on retirement transition. I appreciate others perspective on this life milestone. Many writers continue to work on shifting the perspective of what retirement is in today’s world. Too often retirement is still viewed as a diminishment of the individual, a time of stagnation and decline, … Continue reading Retirement Transition – some new thoughts
It is always fascinating to me when a topic hits me in multiple ways. Time has been that topic recently. How am I thinking about time? How I am spending the time I have now? Because as we all know, there is not unlimited time ahead of us. Time – Take 1 - Busyness I … Continue reading It’s Time to Eat the Marshmallow
It is hard to think about the end of summer when the temperature is still 101F (38C). But August is winding down; school pick up lines and school busses are a thing to deal with when driving anywhere; and the rainy season is in full swing (thunderstorms almost every day including waterspouts). One of my … Continue reading End of Summer is Coming
When I was writing about Life Purpose recently (link here), I started to think that finding a grand Life Purpose (capital letters) might be a “Retirement Myth” meaning ideas about retirement that are not really true. Or aspects of retirement that if you don't implement for yourself, you feel like you’ve failed. What other retirement myths … Continue reading Retirement Myths?
When I retired, I had no idea what I was retiring “to”. I knew what I was leaving, but had not put any thought into what everyday life would be like without working. (Most "experts" will tell you this is not the best way to retire!) I expected to work part-time, as I was an … Continue reading Retirement Success?