Welcome to my new blog! This is the place I plan to share my mindful retirement journey. If you are trying to do the same, please join in the conversation. We can all learn from each other.
My husband, Jim, and I both retired early (age 60) in 2014. Our careers were very different but we were both tired and stressed out. Jim spent thirty-five years as a computer programmer and I was a university professor, executive coach and management consultant. Jim and I also had similar tragedies in our lives. He lost his wife to breast cancer in 2007 and I lost my husband to leukemia in 2008. Both of our spouses were named Chris! When Jim and I married in 2012, we knew we wanted to start fresh – new home, new community, new lives. So we left the Washington, D.C. area and moved to Ocean Pines, Maryland. We bought a little cottage that needed a lot of fixing up but has the most awesome view of an ocean channel and wildlife that I had ever seen. To this day, it takes my breath away!
I have always wanted to blog about my life but I never got past the fear that no one would be interested. What did I have to say that anyone would want to hear? I don’t have any magic answers for folks either thinking about retiring or those who may be struggling with the transition. All I have is what we all have – our thoughts, our feelings, and our experiences.
In the late 1970’s I started my career by teaching stress management and assertiveness training to women. A lot has happened since then but my commitment to helping myself and others develop meaningful lives has never wavered. When the concept of mindfulness started to gain popularity in management, coaching and organizational circles, I was hooked. I incorporated mindfulness ideas into my executive coaching practice, my writing and my teaching. So, when I retired, I knew that that it was my turn to benefit from leading a mindful life. And now, as I sit here in front of my picture window, watching the egrets and herons fish in the water, I know I have something to say. My mindful retirement is evolving of course. I learn more about myself everyday. It’s a journey that I’m excited about. I look forward to sharing it with you.