Where Was I?

Retirement means that we can base important decisions on whims.

Senior moments crop up far too often these days! I started out on this blogging journey
wsenior-momentith a clear and definite route  as to which way this blog was going, as it was my first ever attempt at blogging!  I had a plan ( I have planned my working day for the past 34 years!! ) and each page was going address a certain topic  (all in chronological order!) which I aimed at sharing with other early retirees in order to offer support and encouragement during this next phase of life. I had not planned on early retirement and I know many people who struggle when they step off the treadmill and wake up to a brand new life and so that, in short was my intention with this blog, but unfortunately, like my life from a very early age, I am finding it impossible to stick to said route/plan and find myself steering away in all manner of directions!! I digress!! That has been a life time complaint of mine, even on school reports – ‘Janet find’s it difficult to concentrate on the task at hand’, ‘Janet’s ability to digress is outstanding‘! All my life I have found it difficult to stay on course and have found that the route to anywhere I go is never smooth and incident free!! But that is what makes this life such fun, and long may it continue as I ride the rocky road of retirement which I hope you will continue to share with me despite the crazy twists and turns on the way.  Life is indeed different now for many reasons but different in a most wonderful and enjoyable way.

Life does NOT end when you retire – it begins!

So read on , jump aboard and let’s have some fun!! And don’t forget to share some of your journey with me!!

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So, to re-cap the retirement journey to date  (you can catch up on these pages by clicking on the pictures) when I was ready to face the world again I:-

  1. Joined a health club and went swimming.va-logo
  2. Started a flower arranging course,flower-2gel
  3. Lunchtime socialising nancytaylor_4
  4. Tried my hand at Network Marketing. I signed up with Forever Living and fell in love with the products. They are all aloe vera based and I drink the gel every morning and use the creams daily and I feel like a million dollars!!
    Take a look at my FB page that I named Glow With Aloe and if you would like to try something or simply have some info on the products or the business, just get in touch and I’ll help all I can!
  5. Bought a Campervan and inflatable hot tub!! vw-logo
  6. Became a local radio DJ!!radio tircoed
  7. Started a Book Club book-club1

book-club-titleA year into my journey of recovery as a retired 50 something I decided that I wanted to read again! When I became unwell reading went out of the window. I have always been a reader – whenever I had the time to read, that is (now a thing of the past) and there was always a book beside the bed. Sometimes it would take me weeks, even months to finish one book, others it would be just a few days, but there was always a book!  Then,  kapowfrom nowhere, I could not open a book! I couldn’t concentrate, retain words or follow a story! Fast forward two year and I had to take action! It was time to do something about it! I set up a Book Club – messaged all the people I knew who like to read, invited the to my house for a chat about starting and Book Club and voila!  I haven’t looked back! We meet every 5 weeks to discuss our chosen book while sipping on a vino or something similar and picking our way through  a variety of savouries or indeed, sweets, with occasionally a loaded table of delicious platters, soups and wonderful things to eat! Recently, we have been meeting at a local hostelry, the wonderful Celtic Lodge, which is a warm and cosy place to meet and discuss our books. The members’ ages range from the 20s to the 70s and we all bring colour and our own style to the group. It is so much fun! So if you are looking for something to do with your retirement time I would suggest you set up a group of some kind to meet up every 5-6 weeks and no pressure!! Simply enjoy!  Why not try some of our chosen books. Come back and tell me what you think. You can visit out FB page here, and another Blog I have created which is listed above!  Here are 2 recently read books I would recommend. Click on the titles and read what some of the Book Club members think of these choices. Enjoy!

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Already planning my next Blog so bye for now! Keep smiling because life can be sweet!

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5 thoughts on “Where Was I?

  1. Pingback: Where Was I? | Neath Book Club Blogger

  2. Thanks Janet…..lots of what you have written has resonated here too….after years of planning every day as a teacher I have happily slipped into the ‘no plan, just do’ lifestyle. Lovely!

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    • It’s difficult to keep a chronological blog though!! Oh never mind! It’s just good to write and share things. I’m off for a cycle ride now!! I haven’t been on a bike in well over 2 years!! Wish me luck! This is what retirement does!!

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  3. My husband and I retired this summer and we’re still trying to find our footing. I like your planning and the things you’ve done–and the fact that not everything needs to be planned every day!

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    • Lovely to hear from you. Retiring at this age was not something I was expecting. I hadn’t been well for a few years and decided to change my life and didn’t go back to work so took early retirement. It’s not easy to change your routine, is it? But I have to admit that I am loving the change! When you work full time you become so used to your daily routine that you don’t realise there is another life going on around you outside of the work place! I can to go the bank now at 10 am! I can have lunch with a friend any day of the week and not only on a Saturday or a Sunday. I don’t have to leave the house at 8am and get stuck in commuter traffic before reaching my destination! Everyone should be able to retire in their mid-50s!! There is so much to enjoy. I’m sure you will find your feet very soon and whatever you do you MUST try something that is completely out of your comfort zone! Mine was flower arranging! Such fun!! Good luck to you both.

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