Selective, Optimize, Compensate. I have used these words over and over again when I get trapped in a negative or confusing time or feel discouraged about a direction I am trying to pursue.
One of the best ways I found to get ready for this journey was a purging of physical possessions. I was helped by the highly popular book “ The Life Changing magic of tidying up” by Marie Kondo. http://tidyingup.com/ By paring down my possessions to a precious few, I mentally was preparing to eliminate parts of my life that were not essential to joy.
So this blog is about my going from where I am, which is at the end of a teaching career, to where I want to go which is physically in California with my family, but with an exciting and doable lifestyle. For me that means having some income and preserving my resources carefully without depriving myself of the things I really need to be happy.
I think of the process in the metaphor of the advice I give myself and others when completing a painting. Step back and give the painting some space then process to put on the finishing touches that are the sin qua non, piece de resistance: the icing on the cake that makes it all work as a whole. The last part of life can be the most delightful time if managed well. Sharing ideas with others can be a way to do that, I think.
I am working towards a project in the spring that is helping me get focus on my skeleton of an idea I am pursuing: An event for older women involving celebrating their beauty through art and fashion. This will also be a way for me to try out my idea for a ReFirement career I might pursue in California: knowing full well the idea may take many forms before becoming a reality.
Will you like to hear my story as I go along? And would you want to add your own thoughts to the mix of how to do this thing with panache and success?