Blog-A-Versary

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January 12, 2013, after weeks of struggling to set up this blog website, I published the first post, “My Final Season: How I Choose to Live It.”

Today, I began this post with what I wrote three years ago:

“As a 70-year-old, I faced reality.  Approaching my final season, it’s time to make a choice.  My final season, as defined by ME, is the time to focus on ME.  My inner voice spoke to ME.  I listened.   God wants to direct me down a new path. A new journey. A new venture.  A time to explore and discover ME.  In this final season of life, I plan to open new doors.”

Beginning this blog opened my space up to new people, places and things.  I have gone far beyond my own expectations in this discovery of ME.

Blogging took ME down a path to connect with other bloggers who, many without knowing, inspired ME to expand my world.  With confidence, I went outside of my comfort zone, explored and discovered:

Yoga

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Photography

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Container Gardening

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Mindfulness – Adult Coloring Books for Stress Relief

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Ancestry Research – Maternal Family History

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I also want to express gratitude to those bloggers who shared information and thoughts about:

  • meditation;
  • mindfulness;
  • positive affirmations;
  • random acts of kindness;
  • expressions of gratitude and thankfulness;
  • exercise;
  • spiritual uplifting; and
  • healthy eating.

Motivated by these bloggers, I expanded and/or incorporated healthy practices into my lifestyle.  This has improved the overall quality of my life; and, I am on a path to build a healthy mind, body and spirit.

As I continue down this journey to define ME, expressing gratitude for the doors that have opened and the new doors to open.

Happy Blog-A-Versary to ME

 

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RETIRED AND LOVING EVERY MOMENT

funny_retirement_cards-rb9d378b9963943e38638cde869b6a69c_xvuat_8byvr_512 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
  • Blogging
  • Facebook
  • Texting
  • Container Gardening (flowers, herbs and vegetables)
  • Journaling
  • On-line Church Services
  • Bible Study

These new activities improved the QUALITY OF MY LIFEspiritually, 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.

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