Retirement  Reflections

By Donna Connolly | Reflections and confessions upon transitioning into retirement.

Life Before and After Retirement: Same Same But Different - Retirement_Reflections

I have a confession to make. I love blogging. I seriously do. I love everything about it (well…almost everything)! I love reading the thoughts of …

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You Know You Are Retired When…. - Retirement_Reflections

Here I am packing for another trip. In the past, this would not have been unusual if it were official vacation or even business travel. But, it’s …

Retirement Responsibilities - Retirement_Reflections

So far, I’ve written a fair amount about the perks and freedoms of retirement. Without a doubt, the list of retirement pros is long. However, I would …

A Postcard from Desert Trip - Retirement_Reflections

I sit and mentally savor the list one more time: Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, Roger Waters and The Who. Not long ago, …

How to Get Yourself Invited to Dinner - Retirement_Reflections

I am writing this post on a bit of a dare. If you have been following my blog/Facebook page/life in general, you already know that I am in Palm …

Face-to-Face - Retirement_Reflections

When I first made the decision to begin blogging, I believed that it would be a great way for me to record my thoughts and experiences as I …

Ties that Bind - Retirement_Reflections

<i>There are things that I am afraid to put into writing for fear of making them too real.</i><p>For this week’s post, I had planned to write a lighthearted …

Not Ready to Say Goodbye - Retirement_Reflections

His photos have been featured on numerous of my previous blog posts. His presence can be felt between the lines of most things that I have written. …

With Heartfelt Gratitude - Retirement_Reflections

<i>“Grief is love with no place to go.” Helen Macdonald</i><p>Less than one month ago, my husband and I sat atop a cliff in Mt. San Jacinto, just outside of …

What Do Retirement Bloggers Look Like? - Retirement_Reflections

I’ve been striving to keep myself busy. Daily yoga, lots of time with friends and family, and my on-line blogging course have been key activities. I …

Reflections on Christmas 2016 - Retirement_Reflections

I was hesitant to fully engage in this holiday season. There were noticeable absences in our recent family photos. I forced myself to decorate. I …

Retirement: Am I Still Transitioning? - Retirement_Reflections

A year and a half ago, my husband and I took the ‘leap of faith’ into retirement without a clear map of what we wanted our post-career life to look …

"Hi, Honey, I’m Home...Forever!" - Retirement_Reflections

There are endless quips regarding marriage and retirement.<p>“When you retire you switch bosses – from the one who hired you, to the one that married …

Kind Words - Retirement_Reflections

良言一句三冬暖 <i><br>“One kind word can warm three winter months.”</i> Chinese Proverb<p>I’ve been feeling yucky. Nothing specific. As colds, flu and many other ailments …

Dolce Far Niente - Retirement_Reflections

I have a dirty little yoga secret.<p>I don’t love savasana.<p>My mind and body refuse to stay quiet. Together they plan and scheme. They want to be doing …

Yoga Nidra - Retirement_Reflections

If you’ve read my recent posts, you already know that I am a bit of a ‘Savasana disaster.’ I am totally aware that all true yogis (and yoginis) out …

Wordless Wednesday: How I Spent My Florida Vacation - Retirement_Reflections

For this week’s post, I’ve decided to try out #WordlessWednesday and tell the story of our recent Florida home exchange as wordlessly as possible. …

Humane Communities - Retirement_Reflections

On Tuesday afternoons, my husband and I walk dogs at our local SPCA. Due to the SPCA’s long-standing efforts on spaying and neutering programs, as …

Rocket Girl...and Equality Among the Sexes in 2017 - Retirement_Reflections

When my youngest son was in kindergarten, I was a middle school principal. My son’s school principal was female. Many of my closest friends were …

Gender

A Retiree's Job Description - Retirement_Reflections

When reflecting on core areas where I spent my time during my work life, compared to how I now spend my time in my retirement, I thought it would be …

Retirement: Everyday Is Saturday-Or Is It? - Retirement_Reflections

My husband started it! Early in our retirement, he threw down the gauntlet and wanted us to preserve defined weekends. I pouted…just a little …

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Why You Should Attend Your High School Reunion...And Take Your Spouse! - Retirement_Reflections

Yesterday, my husband and I attended his 50th high school reunion. It was a great evening, and a wonderful weekend back in the area where he grew up. …

Education

Why I'm Proud to be a (Retired) Canadian - Retirement_Reflections

A few weeks ago, I read a post criticizing Canada for not adequately providing for its retirees, and depicting Canadians as not willing to speak out …

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Reflections on Retirement – One Year In - Retirement_Reflections

This past week, I hit the one-year mark both of being officially retired and of living back in Canada. With a full year behind me, has it been all …

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Reflections from a Half-Marathon - Retirement_Reflections

We spent this past weekend in Victoria, BC, watching our youngest son, Creighton, compete in a half marathon. A priority for our retirement years is …

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Does Retirement Equal Irrelevance? - Retirement_Reflections

I’ve been surrounded by thoughts on irrelevance.<p>A blogger, that I recently began to follow, shared that she was overwhelmed with feelings of …

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An Unforgettable Evening - Retirement_Reflections

It had been a perfect evening on the beach. The campfire was intoxicating and the s’mores (with their melt-in-your-mouth chocolate, and gooey …

Paint Night - Retirement_Reflections

Did you ever agree to do something because it sounded like a good idea at the time, or because your friends were all doing it, or simply because you …

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