Here I am, first year of retirement is in the books! And, as my goal-oriented personality is reminding me, it is time to check in to see how I’ve done with the annual goals I set forth for myself. The purpose of checking in is to see if these goals are still relevant and of interest. Remember, in retirement each of us is in control of our own destiny. I will ask myself if I need to change any of them for the upcoming year, make any of them more challenging or less ambitious. Have I put them into action? If so, I will ask, “how is it going” and if not, I will ask myself “why not?” Basically this is a review of where I am now in my thoughts, feelings, and well-being. Another way to put it is, it is an effort to be the best me I can be. There is no sense in posting goals if you don’t take the time to reflect, another reason why I am giving this some attention. I will re-post my goals from a year ago and below each section, in pink, write a synopsis of success, failure, and thoughts.
The Knitting Guild of Greater Buffalo is hosting its annual Yarn Fest. Vendors far and wide have been invited to share their wares and tease us with their latest color ways, fibers, and other such goodies. Knitting lessons and/or help as well as other goodies will be there and, of course, to us knitters, crocheters, spinners, and other such yarnies, we will be thrilled with the display and it will be like Christmas all over again. Of course, I want to support this event being an active member of the organization. … Yarn Fest or Yarn Fast . . . or both!
Some beliefs: I believe setting goals for first year retirement is very important as doing so is evidence of self-direction and provides purpose, process, and production. I believe there are a number of stages within the retirement phase of life. I believe the very first stage of retirement is long before retirement actually begins. I might call it the ‘Preparation Stage’. These beliefs are firming up in my mind.
There really IS a world beyond the classroom, I am discovering, and this weekend, this new world took me to my first fiber festival, the 11th annual Fiber Arts Festival of NY. Part of the adventure was representing the Knitting Guild of Greater Buffalo by volunteering to table-sit and meet folks who were inquiring about the guild and, of course the other part was to explore the many tents of fiber artists and have fun.
If retirement is about revisiting possibilities for one’s body and mind, then let me tell you, EVERYTHING I just experienced fits into this category.
To alleviate some sadness with the new school year starting without me, I purposely planned a visit mid-September to see my daughter. Of course, it is always great to see her but I must say this trip did indeed fulfill the task of perfect distraction for me. … Orangetheory Fitness
In preparing to write goals for my first year of retirement, I’ve been reading and researching the topic of a healthy lifestyle. Not that I’ve just started being interested in living a most fulfilling life, but now with my own time on my hands, I am fortunate enough to be able to do so! I am aware that I am now the director of my own destiny so I’m taking careful time trying to figure it all out. Having good health on my side and an optimistic outlook on life, I see no reason why not to remain as productive this year as when I retired from employment just two short months, ago. So, to this end, here are some lists that I’ve found or that people have shared with me that I really liked that will help guide and direct toward this end:
“Constructivism is a theory of knowledge that argues that humans generate knowledge and meaning from an interaction between their experiences and their ideas. It has influenced a number of disciplines, including psychology, sociology, education and the history of science.” (from Wikipedia) … Piaget Monday
To blog or not to blog? Is blogging work or leisure? I love thought-provoking questions such as these, recently seen on WordPress, and I’ve been contemplating how I might respond. … To blog or not to blog, that be the question
Just a short post to welcome a new tab onto my site! I am calling it Running as I am wanting to introduce to readers that this blog may include some upcoming posts on running or biking or some kind of outdoor play. As time moves along, my awareness and desire for balance in life is ever-growing. By balance I mean with my spiritual, social/emotional, mental, and physical being. I’ve chosen a photograph to post in the widget (taken a year or so ago when hubby and I were along the Niagara River biking) to motivate my spirit and endeavor towards this matter. The photograph might have been taken when I was recovering from a broken bone in my foot. At any rate, as I gear up for the next phase of my life, and as I realize the importance of staying fit through the years, I know that I might want to write about these adventures, here.
Sometimes, happenings in life linger in my mind to the point where I need to write about them. … Invitation