I decided to throw my mother an 80th birthday celebration at an exclusive venue in the spring of 2018. It was indeed a labor of love and the icing on the cake, pun intended, was I could integrate all of my talents and creativity into planning the event. The site was available on her actual birth date, so everything was just coming together perfectly. I designed and printed the invitations on card stock paper and mailed them all way in advance to be sure each guest had an extra long time to RSVP. I ordered some of the favors in … Continue reading The Main Event
About three months into my first year of retirement I noticed I was a little too relaxed and discovered I now had time to do some really creative things in my free time. I’d always been a creative spirit: the type of person who thinks outside the box. In fact, I’d always tried to integrate all of my talents into doing my job as a teacher. I used my artistic ability to do bulletin boards, brochures for programs, and art projects with my students. I’d use my flair at sewing to make clothing for my students when it was our … Continue reading After the Adjustment Period
During my first year of retirement, I was carefree and unstressed. I’d awaken an hour later than I had when I was working. I’d shower and make breakfast for my preteen and myself. In the past, I’d almost never have any time left to eat breakfast myself. Now I could enjoy the first meal of the day with my child and even have time to have an actual conversation during the meal. Upon retiring the added chore of making my child’s lunch in the morning was even enjoyable. I’d call out, “What would you like to have for lunch today?” … Continue reading Year One
In the winter of 2017, I retired from teaching. Though teaching had been my passion and bread and butter for most of my adult life, I chose early retirement in order to better manage my family life and to decrease the amount of stress in my life caused by a very taxing and time-consuming job. It was the best decision I’d made in a very long time. All I could think about was how much free time I’d have. The time constraints I once had would drop like shackles from the feet of a newly freed slave and finally, my … Continue reading So You’ve Retired! Now What?!