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 …
Pebble tossed in the water does not move yet its ripples reach wide and far Sometimes decisions are difficult to make While life continues in its fury. So, the yarn stash remains still Pattern overload in full throttle Blog shows lifeless While ideas are abundant Running clothes neatly folded Rather odd for ‘an athlete’ in training The pebble in the water needs another toss Who knows where it might land.
One of my goals as I entered into retirement was to knit from my stash. The stash I am talking about includes patterns I have loved and collected over time and/or the bundles of yarn that were purchased at a time when I thought I could knit a particular project. I suppose enthusiasm outweighs time, at least that is my case, so in my new state of retirement, I am addressing this. This project is an example of that. I don’t even know where I first saw this pattern as I do not subscribe to Interweave Knits but I have been following Teva Durham, the creative designer since being aware of her work through Vogue Knitting. The pattern is called Renaissance Tunic, as you will see, for obvious reasons. And, I am thrilled to finally be adding this to my wardrobe.
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) Niagara University, my alma mater (one of them), believes in this Constructivism philosophy and builds its programming around it (if similar to when I was there). I can still remember that my learning of experiences occurred during the process of writing those reflective write-ups AFTER the experience, not during the ‘doing’ of them. And, I remember during the doing of them, you’re too busy doing! I still remember enjoying writing those reflections and taking the time to craft them just so, finding it really important to capture my feelings in relation to the activity. So, because I realized the value of reflection, it is no surprise that I continue to operate in this way.
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. I think the answer to both questions is surrounded by one’s purpose. And, what I mean is there are as many reasons to write a blog as there are bloggers. And, likely many reasons not to write a blog. Each blogger probably began with an idea or a unique purpose for their writing. I mean you gotta have an idea! In some cases, to share or chat or find commonalities to others or make connections. Maybe, even to find answers! Example of that is retirementtransition. The author is carefully and strategically reinventing herself with a new sense of identity with her new phase in life. In some cases, blogs are written to teach or inform like Live to Write – Write to Live. I love that blog and am learning a thing or two. (who vs. that, a common mistake of mine) I think my favorite are the learning …
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.