What do I want to be when I grow up?

high and mightyThe song by The Beatles is going through my head as I type. You know the one, “When I’m Sixty-Four”-“When I get older losing my hair…will you still need me, will you still feed me…  I’m not there yet, but it’s getting closer!  Paul actually wrote that song when he was 16 years old! The naiveté of the young!

Now that I am back from Italy and settled into my real life in upstate New York, I knew I had to have a regimen.  If I learned nothing else from last year’s slump in my normally upbeat personality, it was that too much time on my hands is very unhealthy.  I decided I didn’t want a full time job, nor a true part time job like last year, but rather a schedule of things I would be doing on a regular basis.

Being a very fortunate person, a job kind of landed in my lap after some initial inquiries to my next door neighbor.  What did I know best?  Selling advertising.  I had done this , selling space as it is called, for over 25 years. A beautiful quarterly publication catering to the Hudson Valley was the perfect fit.  It would allow me to set my own hours, work as much as I want or as little as I want while getting to know my neighbors, community.  I was used to selling $50k print pages and $100k digital programs, whereas now I would be calling on local cheese shops, yoga studios, farm to table restaurants.  I thought it could be fun! I am ready to hit the pavement next week and set Columbia County on fire!

Mondays are mah jongg. mah jongg Mondays (how alliterative!) I really do love this game!  It’s challenging, fun, and it gets the brain waves flowing. Tuesdays and Thursdays I will sell advertising, Wednesday is pickle ball at the local Y.  My husband and I will play in a tournament this weekend.  Watch out Hudson Valley! Friday is my latest addition.  I will be volunteering at an equine center called “High & Mighty”, therapeutic riding and grooming for children with disabilities.  I love horses, I like children, and it’s eight minutes from my house.  Doing good really does make people feel good.  25% of folks who volunteer say it helps them manage a chronic illness, 78% say it helps lower stress levels, 84% say it improves their mood ,95% say it makes their community a better place and 96% say it enriches their sense of purpose in life. These stats come from a study by happify.com.  (now, tell me could they be anything but positive with a URL like that!)

That’s my week, that’s my regimen, with a sprinkling of yoga, preferably hot yoga, thrown in, long walks down country lanes with my dog and my husband, a bit of hiking, a bit of baking, and making great dinners now that I can! Duh, and blogging, of course! I have learned things about myself and my dear co-blogger that I never would have known! It’s a good start and I am happy to be where I am in life. I am in this third chapter of life full of energy, stamina, dreams yet to be realized, and a zest for all life has to offer.  Don’t put things off.  Live it to the fullest and enjoy!

Today’s Takeaway…

. Take that first year of retirement to get to know you!  You are not the worker bee anymore, not the 9-5 or 6 or 7 career woman rushing home to make dinner, chores, etc.  You don’t need a time table to figure things out.  It will come to you.  Be patient with this new you.

. Have a regimen.  Volunteer, work at a cheese shop, take dance lessons, play pickle ball.  Whatever it is you’ve wanted to and couldn’t.  Now’s the time!

Enjoy the Ride

xox Barclay and Joy


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