Sunday, March 2, 2014

Living Richly in Retirement-This Week In Retirement.


As often happens in retirement (or anytime), this week has been a time of craziness and business. It's also been a time of reflection for this retiree. The end result is that while having a rewarding week in retirement, I have also started on some planned "lifestyle changes" along the way.  While I'll blog more about this week and it's decisions later, here's my week in a nutshell.
  • I've been doing some long term planning.  As a non planner this has been huge for me (and although I'm sure Tamara would be proud, I'm not at all sure I will EVER do this level of planning again.) I've actually used my calendar all week. I'm stunned folks! While I will never travel plan at that level, I've blocked out travel dates (Jackson Hole, Santa Fe, the Dakotas and the Texas gulf coast so far). This is not normally me, but between the occasional craft fair perhaps (see below), some intensive volunteering, and the approach of planting and festival season I figured some order was in order-even for me!
 
  • As a result of my planning, I learned a new word. Glamping, aka luxury camping. It would seem that one can sleep on a luxury platform, a cleaning service and fire pits-while listening to the crickets outside. The question is, will that or a cozy cabin more fit my needs. Who knows?
 
  • I've been playing with my camera-my phone camera that is (which means the photos on this site may be of questionable quality for a week or so). My phone has a REALLY good camera, and I'd like to know that when I am out and about I can take blog quality shot with the thing if I have to (I even got a photo editing app on my phone.
  • I've been eating well-this week was restaurant week (there are also two weeks in August). Rather than try a new restaurant, we went to our old standby-the one that flies in blue crab from May to October and serves them on tables covered with news paper. Lobster Bisque, Cioppino, flourless chocolate cake and more (wine included)  You get the idea! 
  • I've gotten deeper into my intensive volunteer commitment with the homeless and volunteers of America. While I'll be sharing much more about this, let's just say that volunteering with, as opposed to volunteering to, or for, brings a whole different level of understanding.
  • I've decided to take a big step further into the home business/income stream thing-while leaving a business behind.  I realized that  while I love the idea of having a small business in retirement, I was no longer willing to make a business-even an income stream of selling the things I make (be they quilts, paintings or decorated cookies).  I love the idea of turning a hobby into a retirement business, but I realized that at heart I enjoy creating for friends and family-and frankly I am not a great business person. I quilt when the mood strikes, and the idea of having to quilt to a delivery deadline was, frankly not my thing. I even ended up giving refunds for missed deadlines. Also frankly, the amount of money per the amount of loving effort was just not enough.  I love what I do, and want to keep it that way. Making money this way did not work for me!
  • On the other hand, I love the idea of a business or some work in retirement, especially one that is on our own terms and using our innate skills. Fortunately, I have a few non creative, business type skills in my skill set as well, free spirit that I am. The result:  I've been doing some virtual assistant type gigs, as the mood strikes, an hour here and there. This includes proofreading, web research, and even reading and reviewing books and papers. All are things that can be done in the evening during TV time or during a quick hour in the morning-short tasks that require a short term spurt of time. This works for me, and most of the work is inherently interesting.
  • I'm seriously considering the idea of a blacksmith or forging class, expensive as they are.  I'm imagining in my head all the things I could make for the yard and patio. Meanwhile though I'm teaching researching encaustic painting on my own, with this kit on my amazon wish list.
  • I'm slapping myself in the head for not knowing about a local group of folks that call themselves a newcomers group, and yet are open to all and have a variety of activities including four book clubs, golf, hiking, and wine tasting-I've really been looking for a historical fiction book club and they have one!
  • Finally, as often happens in the life of a blogger, I've been considering both if I should continue blogging and the direction to take. I've decided that this blog is here to stay, and I have much to say. I began this blog to be about "living richly in retirement" on a fixed or lowered income, and I'll working more to keep this blog moving in that direction. No boring finances, but I'll be presenting my retirement life from that perspective (be it travel, going to concerts, entertaining, hobbies, or day to day life). It will be exciting, and I look forward to getting back to  blogging at least twice a week and maybe three times. 
  • And now, I'm off to work on that quilt I just began (just because I liked the fabric), change into my PJ's early, have a yummy dinner, and watch The Amazing Race and the Oscars, award show addict that I am.
And so it's gone, this week in retirement!

12 comments:

  1. You have made some great decisions Barb. Sometimes a person just has to use a calendar, sometimes we can do without them.

    God bless.

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  2. Good planning results. It must feel good!

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  3. Anyone who can figure out the camera on their phone (at least according to this retiree who's still struggling to get proficient with his phone camera) clearly knows what's goin' on ... and it seems like you know what's goin' on! Mmmmm, those dinners sound good too!

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    1. Well, I'm figuring it out, most of the time, but the editing, thats a problem. Still sending the photos to myself to edit on my laptop.

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  4. LOL! I promise I have no intent of organizing the world, and certainly not you, but I can appreciate that putting something onto a calendar makes it more likely to occur, so I'm very happy that you have some lovely trips to now look forward to. :-)

    Sounds like you have recreated your life again this week, which is always inspiring to read about. Very happy to hear you'll be continuing to blog as I would sorely miss your blog if it ever went away.

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    1. Well see how likely they are to occur. Im not even sure the dates are finalized, ha! I did have the trips planned already, just the dtes were questionable. Still not sure if they are the right dates, I may just hop in the car and go earlier or later-that tends to be me. one of the advantages of car trave.

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  5. I really enjoy your blog,Barb..so glad you will continue to share..I want to hear about it all! Especially your road trips!! I appreciate hearing about your approach..I tend to think I have to be very organized and when I am not, I beat myself up-- your posts remind me that serendipity can be good too!! I am half and half!! You have much to share and you express it so well..will look forward to more info on the volunteer stuff too..

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    1. I KNOW that I am not very organized. I just accept it for what it is!

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  6. "The grand essentials of happiness are something to do, something to love and something to hope for." - A. R. Chalmers. Isn't that what a calendar reflects?

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  7. Barb,
    I agree with Tamara that writing things down will make them more likely to happen. You do that several times per week, right here, so who needs a calendar! Blacksmith and forging class - now that's not something you come across every day. Best of luck.

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  8. Just discovered your blog and have enjoyed reading a few posts. This newbie retiree will be back!

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