Blog posts have been few and far between over the last 6 months as I navigated the countdown to retirement. I had previously managed to successfully combine the running of a household with full-time work but once I could see the end in sight I tended to put several things on the back burner so that I could focus on tying up as many loose ends as possible in my job as well as training my successor.
So, my last day in the office was Thursday 4th July, otherwise known as Independence Day.
I searched for a suitable retirement image but nothing sums it up better than this photo. We now have the time to explore our own backyard as well as further afield and simply enjoy being surrounded by scenery like the amazing Glasshouse Mountains.
The past 3 weeks have been an absolute revelation. You do not have to be constantly busy. It is OK to take your time. What does not get done today will be done tomorrow. It has been a huge relief to feel the pressure fall away.
The first week of retirement coincided with school holidays so we had our granddaughters visiting for a few days and managed some outings and activities with them.
Since then I have caught up on sleep – no more 5am starts, exercised – walking each day and socialised – lunch with school friends, morning tea with cousins and several more lunches planned as well as a gallery visit.
Catching up on appointments is much easier without having to juggle them around work. Dentist, optometrist, financial planner, tax agent and so on.
On the home front, meals are prepared, rooms cleaned and washing done with the minimum of fuss. I am doing some sewing, too.
Meanwhile, we are putting the finishing touches to the plans for our next overseas trip. We leave in a little over 3 weeks and have a couple more train trips to book.
That is only a brief overview but suffice to say that I am not bored.
I plan to share more details of the day to day activities now that life is running at a much more reasonable pace.
Thank you for sticking with me during the very lean blogging periods.