Things I Have Learned Since Retiring

  1. Staying up late and sleeping in and occasionally enjoying an afternoon nap are ok!
  2. Being available to do things for others – babysit, cook, serve as school transportation, do errands, work on local history projects, work on volunteer efforts for the causes dear to me fulfills me.
  3. Outings with my parents are making memories.
  4. There is more laundry (why I have yet to figure out).
  5. We eat in more and out less. When we do eat out it is because we really want to try something new or different, not for convenience.
  6. I can choose to avoid conversations and events that send my blood pressure up!
  7. Lucy and Buster are co-dependent.
  8. Bike riding and walking at the Res or on the Trace are fun when not crammed into a “have to” schedule.
  9. Traveling is still my primary stress reliever with writing becoming a strong player in that space.
  10. God still has plans for me.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13