So in a few days, we’ll leave 2012 behind and start a new year. At the risk of being a little clichéd, it’s probably time for a little reflection, then a look to the future. I’ve had some major events in my life this past year, and I have a lot to look forward to.
To kick the reflections off, three major changes for me this year were:
- The loss of my mom
- My retirement
- Starting my blog
These events have all affected me in very different ways.
The passing of my mother, while not entirely unexpected, was still difficult. It has already changed the celebration of our holidays, and will continue to color my world for the rest of my life. I find myself thinking I need to ask her about details while I’m archiving photos or working on my family tree. And I wish I could share so many little things with her. I’ve even, unthinking, set things aside to take to her the next time I visit. It will be a long time before her absence seems real, and of course so many wonderful memories will always be with me.
My retirement was a more expected, and happily anticipated, milestone. But it has still also been a difficult paradigm shift sometimes! After so many years of having someplace to go, and clear expectations for each day, I have been confronted with the need to structure my own days to accomplish my new goals – many involving future planning for my beloved’s and my future together. I’m getting there… and am increasingly excited about the next part of our adventure.
My blog has been a revelation. This really wasn’t something I initially expected to do, but when I decided to try it, I hoped it would help me record my retirement journey and planning. I’ve had a lot of fun setting it up, and I have had a blast digressing with photo challenges and meeting other bloggers. Now my challenge is to focus a little more on my original objectives, to help get my beloved retired as well. Stay tuned to see how we make the next few decisions to make that happen…
So, now for our top three 2013 goals:
- Find our retirement destination
- Plan the financing of a home there
- Plan and take a great vacation
We’ve started visiting possible retirement places, and are beginning to focus on one or two places. Figuring out the financing and timing will be the next keys, and will undoubtedly be blog topics in the coming months.
One of our goals all along has been to continue travelling while our health allows. So, we’re looking at Central or South America and Alaska as possible venues this year – we’ve never been to any of those places. I’m looking forward to doing that research (and welcome recommendations).
Of course, the new year will certainly bring many other events, both expected and unexpected. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store.
As we look forward, I’m hopeful that my beloved and I will meet our 2013 goals, and I wish each of you an unexpectedly wonderful 2013, blessed with health, family, and good friends.