I retired in 2010. Mind you, it was not a planned retirement. Just the opposite, MY goal was to work until MY mind and MY body deteriorated to a point, which made it impossible to continue working. But things happen.
In 2010, after surviving a life-threatening illness, Hubby and I decided retire and move to Florida. Leaving our:
- family owned business that we had nurtured for more than sixteen years;
- three children who were also our co-workers;
- four grandchildren who spent a lot of time with us; and
- extended family and friends that we had known for many years.
Four years later I can honestly say, “there are no regrets”. I entered a whole new world as a retiree. And, traveling through the first four years has been both exciting and enlightening. On this new journey, I made many stops along the way.
I undertook new challenges; and, the old fears of “stepping outside of MY comfort zone” disappeared. The inquisitive mind appeared, which had been latent for far too many years.
This inquisitive mind led ME to:
- Yoga Classes
- Aqua Zumba
- Daily Meditations
- Daily Affirmations
- Container Gardening (flowers, herbs and vegetables)
- On-line Church Services
- Bible Study
These new activities improved the QUALITY OF MY LIFE —spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Most days, serenity and tranquility are present. On those rare days when they take a break, I still express gratitude and thankfulness. For I believe, in every day, there is something that we can be grateful and thankful for.
Since retiring, MY life is filled with peace, joy and happiness. I
- welcome every moment,
- embrace every moment, and
- live every moment.