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Posted in Logistics and time management, Moving Forward, What I could do
Tagged choices, expectations, fear of failure, fear of success, insecurity, planning without deadlines, Retirement Identity, stress, transition, writing a book
Here it is October 1st. In one month I will have been retired for a whole year. Holy crow!!! Soon it will be time for me to reflect on this first year “beyond work” … but not quite yet. What’s very exciting is that by the time I enter year two of retirement I will have not one website (www.sylviabereskin.com), but two. Next week we’re going to be launching a For The First Time website that will focus on women and retirement. For only the second time in the past 18 months that means I’ll be missing a posting; we’ll be “in process” next Monday so my next posting will be next Thursday. You’ll be automatically directed to the new site when you check the blog. Here’s hoping it will all go smoothly!
Meanwhile, as sad as it makes me, I think I might just be finished kayaking for another season. There’s nothing that I do in the fall/winter months that gives me the same sense of peace and the same opportunity to think deeply as paddling along a river. Often when I’m paddling I meditate. That means that I’m trying to stay aware of just the very moment that I’m in; the feeling of the air, the sound of the paddles in the water, the motion of my arms moving back and forth, up and down. Nonetheless, other thoughts do pop into my mind (the point in the approach to meditation that I use is not to empty my mind but just to acknowledge the kinds of thoughts that pop up and then go back to the moment). So what slides into my awareness as my kayak slides along the surface of the river? Continue reading
Posted in Identity, Lessons learned, Making decisions, Moving Forward
Tagged autumn, awareness, doubts, fear, Identity, insecurity, jewish girls don't kayak, kayaking, mindfulness, optimism, retirement workshops, women's retirement workshops