|Visit to wine country|
I do not miss work AT ALL. I don’t know if it was the job-maybe I was just burnt out on project management or the politics, but there hasn’t been a single day I wished I was in a project meeting or a meeting to discuss lack of resources.
|With Joleen and Tracy at retirement party|
I DO MISS my friends from work. I miss the shared experiences, laughter and camaraderie. I miss the sarcasm and eye rolling at crazy stuff that happened. I still dream about people from work. We are generally working on something together, but it’s NOT a project from my work life.
I try to stay in touch with my favorite people from work with an occasional lunch or drinks. I love catching up with their lives and what’s happening at work. It is strange how things moved on at work, but yet the themes are the same.
|A glass of wine with Betsy|
|On the canal in Indy|
I must have been wound up tighter than a top! At first I just transferred stress from work to my personal life and race to sell a house. Not saying I am less intense about selling my house, but I find myself breathing now. I am not as quick to snap or fly off the handle at things. Don’t know if Mike would agree with this or not…
I love having time to exercise again. I still have to make it a priority, but it
seems easier to find the time now.
|Celebrating art with friends from work|
|Hanging with Chuck and Melanie|
I am getting a bit nervous about how to spend my time when my house is done. I had a dream the other night where I was bored and didn’t know what to do next. First time this has happened. It’s odd because I normally think about all the things I can do once I move to Indy and the “job” of fixing my house is finished. I haven't had time to dwell on this, but it's clearly a sign of moving ahead.
|George, Mom and me at St. Louis Cardinals game|
|Family dinner after Cardinals game|
Everywhere I go I look at people doing jobs and see if they are happy and enjoy what they do. This is some of my criteria if I get another job. Here’s where I’ve seen some of the happiest people: Lowe’s (amazingly friendly and helpful customer service staff; ok maybe we are on a first name basis!), Kohl’s(and who wouldn’t be happy saying “you saved $800 today and here is $75 in Kohl’s cash”), the receptionist at John Stoddard Cancer Center (who is the kindest, gentlest person dealing with people with cancer) the meat cutters at Fareway (pretty sure I’ll never do this!), and the granite and tile installers (go figure on this one-I think they like having perfected their trade and making customers happy). I know what you are saying...maybe I need to get out more if these are the only jobs I've seen. Let me know if you have others to recommend…
|With Gretchen and Craig in Ensenada, Mexico|
I feel I have more to contribute. I’m not sure if this is a job or something else, but I try to keep my eyes and ears open to the possibilities.
I still don’t like being referred to a “retiree”. It’s a demographic, not a person. Seems like I’ve lost my identity from a career, and there aren’t any other clear labels to define me, yet.
Every single day I thank God for where I am in life: not working (aka retired), living with my sweetie all the time, having great friends and family and good health! I try to not take any of these for granted.