1. What a great post, Christie! I love your attitude behind it, that we enjoy life and the experiences it brings. It is the age old question, what is our worth? Funny, I started blogging seriously at the time I retired, which was at 55 after 32 years with a public org. The career advancements were all but done and the recession made everything worse. Best thing I did was leave at 55 and continue to lecture (my part-time gig I started 4 years before I retired). My dept chair was so happy I could teach more classes and life cannot get much better!

    • That’s great that you made such a smooth transition to “retirement,” Terri, or maybe your “second career” would be more accurate. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for taking time to comment.

  2. Larry

    My 40th High School Reunion. “Ah-ha” moment came when I realized everyone looked so different . Did I look different ? The more I thought and took a “peek” in the mirror as I walked pass the closet, yep I’ve changed as well. Little heavier, a little less hair ( ok maybe more then a little) and what was black or blonde hair is now gray. I can count my scars on my body in “feet” and bedtime sounds good by 10:00 pm. Yep, I think I’ve had my “ah-ha” moment.

  3. Connie Devivic

    I loved this entry, Christie. So insightful, so beautifully written. I’ve felt for a long time that my purpose is to bring love, joy and beauty to my life and others in my circle of influence. I imagined having grown children would be emotionally difficult because I loved raising my kids, but it has been more unsettling than anything else. And a bit lonely at times. When I actively create, live into my true self and share my gifts while appreciating others’, my life feels just right. Teaching music to junior high students as well as elementary this year has opened up artistic sharing in new and wonderful ways. I love seeing the young people in my classes sparkle as they discover their own gifts through our work together, and it is even more fulfilling for me than it was when I was younger, because I am in a new place in my life. My contributions can have a broader reach than they could when my main focus was, quite rightly, my own children.

    • Thank you, Connie. I love the way you continue to evolve with the changes in your life and that you are sharing your gifts to make the lives of those you touch richer, as well as your own. The trick for me is not to get lost in the goals and the planning, but to be solidly grounded in the here and now, enjoying the experiences I create and those life hands me. I love you.

  4. You have inspired me to write a post explaining the meaning behind my blog’s name or title. Which, coincidentally, is much the same as the meaning behind yours.

    I have always felt certain of my purpose until I woke up one day and what I had always done to fill my life and to make a difference, was no longer an option. Sad day. But new doors open and new directions lead to new purpose.

    • I look forward to that post, Leslie. Blogging is so great for finding people with whom we share things in common, for being exposed to new people and ideas that we never would have considered, and for working out our own thoughts and feelings. Good luck on your quest. Enjoy the journey!

  5. I love how you came up with your name for the blog Christie. I had the same sort of moment when I retired early and then found it wasn’t exactly how I thought it was going to be. I started a blog and have met some wonderful women on my blogging journey. Thanks for sharing and co-hosting #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty.

  6. Hi Christie, I haven’t had any “aha” moments recently that I can think of. I loved reading about yours though and the birth of your blog. I’m only working 2 days a week doing some home health nursing while waiting for my husband to retire. And I can’t wait for that day to come. The thought is exciting to me; I mean who knows what he and I will find ourselves getting in to! Adventure, I hope!

  7. I can identify with your stage in life, yet my story is very different. I recently started the career I had wanted for over thirty years. But now I have just 5 to 10 years to work in that career. This change happened suddenly and I’m not sure what all the future holds. But I do know I’m enjoying this stage of life and looking forward to finding out!


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