To be more or maybe less, there is an option neither to mingle nor disappear like in nonexistence stitch count, splat points, pace on a track, number of cardinals in a winter’s scene loved by dreamers there are those who believe Productivity, ambition, pride sing their praises of course, resting on one’s laurels is a way to the future Do they matter? Do they lead to happiness? A digit that moves from a 5 to a 6? Numbers. As I see it, define. ++++++++++ Inspired by ‘Shoe’ by O at the Edges
I haven’t written about health and wellness in awhile. It is not because I have been negligent rather, I wanted to collect some data to share and show that exercise continues to be alive and well in my retirement life. When I retired, I said there were three things I wanted to focus on. They were and continue to be: knitting [of course], running, and writing/reading. In my knitting life, I knew I would be attacking the stash working up projects I had only wished/dreamed of finishing. UPDATE: I moved OUT a piece of furniture that was housing yarn as those bundled fibers are now finished objects!
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 …
Stash. Definition: stash 1 |staSH| informal verb [ with obj. ] store (something) safely and secretly in a specified place: their wealth had been stashed away in Swiss banks. noun 1 a secret store of something: the man grudgingly handed over a stash of notes. • a quantity of an illegal drug, especially one kept for personal use: one prisoner tried to swallow his stash. 2 dated a hiding place or hideout.
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:
I mentioned that when I was ready, I would post my running goal here. It happens that the well-known Komen Race for the Cure®, part of the largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the world, is just around the corner and, of course, is beckoning for participants! Teams are forming, t-shirts are being ordered, and the whole thing is dangling in front of my face offering opportunity. And, it has been a ten year hiatus since my last run. Seems the perfect venue to serve as entry point for getting back into the running regime. I have missed the routine of training, especially the rhythmic breathing of fresh air. And knitters, let me tell you, one can do a lot of planning of their projects while on these fun runs! So, with the decision made, in honor of loved ones, I will be taking this on. With no other time frame in mind but to finish, wish me luck! I do hope to get a picture at the end.
Sometimes, happenings in life linger in my mind to the point where I need to write about them. The lingering moment was a conversation I had with teachers about a week ago regarding an upcoming narrative writing unit. We were sharing thoughts around the concept of memoir, what one was and how students might take on the work, and the structures a memoir might take when writing one. One thing led to another as does naturally when in deep conversation and as we were surfing the net and our other resources, we came across this. A 6 word challenge. Now, I am not saying that this would be the work of our students, however we did take time to pause to consider the following for ourselves. Challenge: To write your memoir in just six words. Six words. Fast forward to today. Ok, now, on this day, the more I am researching this, the more I am realizing that this is not a new concept at all but one that I am revisiting. I do believe it is important to …