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Friday, February 15, 2013

Besides photography I've been crafting again. I started out with a duct tape recycled book. I liked it so much I made another one out of cards that contain all of my artist trading cards and inchies. I've done several swaps and now I have them in one place. My books look like a beginner made them but I am happy with them.

I have about a gazillion yards of fabric to use up before I can buy anymore LOL.

My garden is calling me.... spring is right around the corner.

Now time is an issue but soon I will be retiring. December 29th of 2013. I have been enjoying shredding and tossing old documents that I truly don't need anymore. Old resumes, old performance appraisals (yeah I kept those), workshops I have written and revised over the years. Ancient grants I'd written years ago. So I am now down from 2 four drawer file cabinets at work to 1. By December the only thing left will be what belongs to the company. What an empowering experience.

I re-read some of my journals and couldn't believe what a whiner I was. I've vowed to keep my new journals filled with momentos, happy stuff, pictures etc.

Anyway, can't wait to get on with it. I was so worried that I wouldn't know who I am without my job now I can't wait to be the real who I am 24/7. I'll miss some of my clients but they will move on with or without me.


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IMPROVINGME 2/18/2013 4:05PM

    Good that you're doing the de-cluttering right now and don't have to spend time doing that after you're retired.

Losing your identity is a big part of retirement. For a few months before I retired, I had a weekly lunch with a retired pastor/life coach because I was so afraid that I might be making the wrong decision to retire at age 60. I've come to the conclusion that retiring was definitely right for me!

I gave a lecture last year to a retired teachers' group about reinventing yourself through arts and crafts, and I even threw in some SparkPeople cards in the goodie envelopes (recycled) that I gave them. Either staying healthy or getting healthier is a must for retired folks.

And being real 24/7 for me has enabled me to NOT have to put on make-up everyday, NOT get dressed up everyday and wear pantyhose, and to allow myself to stay up late at night or sleep late in the mornings, if I want to. I'd much rather stay at home working in my yard or doing my arts & crafts, play with my grandchildren and travel rather than have to conduct meetings or performance reviews!

You're going to love your 24/7 life!

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MCJULIEO 2/16/2013 7:00PM

    Sounds great to me!

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NELLJONES 2/16/2013 8:34AM

    You will find yourself so busy in retirement that you'll wonder when you ever found the time to work. I had a million projects lined up to "fill my time" 23 years ago, and some of them are still undone. Just too busy. Retirement is a parallel universe out there, totally invisible to those not retired. You will LOVE it!!

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CODEMAULER 2/15/2013 1:25PM

    I love stripping away the old stuff. We live in a tiny space, and clutter eventually takes over even when we try to avoid it. This weekend and next we're tackling the bedroom and I'm eager to reclaim space.

Shredding documents... that's another task on my list!!

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KAYYVAUGHN 2/15/2013 12:30PM

    You will love retirement. YOu have so many talents to keep you busy.
I like because I set my own schedule. There are some volunteer activities and church activities that are set times, but most of the time is mine to schedule.

You can still keep up with friends at work.
I'm having lunch Tuesday with a teacher friend.


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