Hubs and I have always been dreamers! We have all kinds of ideas about the things we’re gonna do “someday!” Remember how we’ve talked about getting that travel van? Gonna explore this country and drink wine while boondocking at amazing sites.
Well, we’ve decided to stop dreaming, and just start DOING! Maybe not all at once, maybe just in baby steps, but every chance we get – crossing items off OUR LIST. The van is still in the plans – we’ll plan to find the perfect model and price.
In the meantime, I started up our Encore Voyage Instagram account, to share the photos of our wanderings…
If you read my post earlier in the week, you’ll know that this is one of the things I wish I’d learned much earlier in my life. So many of the things I’ve learned since we started the voyage include slowing down, being present, reducing stress, breathing. The quality of our lives has improved so much that we often think, “Why didn’t we know this before!?!
So how about it, fellow Voyagers. Are you stressing over things that in the end won’t really matter? Are there things you can eliminate? Ways you can slow down?
I truly believe in the motto, “Life is about collecting experiences, not stuff!” We’ve been off in the last couple of weeks collecting our experiences in sunny Arizona. It seems I always try to have our next adventure somewhere in the planning stages. (Next month – Kauai!)
But new experiences don’t necessarily need to come from travel. Sometimes those experiences can be found in our own backyards. There are a million things around here to try! Just this morning I saw a “glass fusion” class advertised on Groupon! Our city has a rich community education program, or perhaps we might just check out the winter landscapes in one of our beautiful parks.
So how about you, fellow voyagers? Where will you locate your next “changing horizon?”
I know I don’t usually post a quote on a Sunday, but I’ve had so many comments lately about how much I’m reading that I couldn’t resist! I’m that kind of girl who says, “Just one more page.” Then 10 minutes later says, “Just one more chapter!”
My wish for all of you today as that you find some time to cuddle up with a great, juicy book that just grabs you and doesn’t let go! Happy Sunday!
Hey there voyagers! I’ve spent a great deal of time this week thinking about books and reading. For myself, I’ve been staying up waaaaay too late reading, and I’ve just finished my 6th book of the new year.
I also spent time talking with a young friend whose 4th grade son does not like to read. I put together a grade level appropriate list of some of the best children’s books I could think of. A child who is not motivated to read is either struggling, or has not experienced the right book! What fourth grade boy would not be enthralled by the idea of owning a pet Grizzly bear (Gentle Ben by Walt Morey), or by the thought of living alone in a hollowed out tree and training a falcon! (My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George)
The best advice I could give her for developing a young reader is to read TO him! Aloud, and snuggled up in the most comfortable place she could find! I always told the parents of my students that their job was to keep the love of the book alive! Reading aloud to children helps them develop the imagination necessary for independent comprehension. And the right books will get them hooked!
And then I got to thinking about my fellow retirees. Are there any young people in your lives to whom you could read aloud? To whom you could give the very special gift of your time and reading expertise? Is there someone for whom you could light the reading fire?
Have a great weekend, and enjoy reading a wonderful book! I know I will!
A weird year! It’s just seemed like a weird year for New Year’s reflection! Usually I’m all about analyzing my past 12 months, thinking about the future, figuring out my “word,” deciding what I’d do differently in the upcoming months.
This year, I got NUTHIN! Nada! Zip! Zilch! I tried to come up with goals and resolutions and all that stuff, just like the rest of the world. But for reasons I don’t understand, nothing significant came to mind!
Then a friend posted this saying on Instagram, and bam! There it was – the thing that I was looking for. I’ve been journaling lately, writing things I’m grateful for, and trying to be more mindful. I’m adding an item that Pat suggested, over at Retirement Transitions, “What is the most important thing I did [yesterday]?” Brilliant, huh? Thanks, Pat! But now I’ll be also be considering this:
What do I resolve to do TODAY?
I just didn’t want to make great big, year-long goals, that would end up abandoned or forgotten by the third week in January. I may not be able to stick to the resolution to lose a gazillion pounds. But I’m pretty sure I can decide to eat a salad for dinner. Baby steps. Call a friend. Go for a walk. Do some yoga today. Yeah, I can make those resolutions stick! Have a wonderful, mindful weekend!
Happy Friday, Voyagers! Today, I hope you remember that the best portions of your life have nothing to do with Christmas presents or all the other trappings of the season! Instead, I hope you all truly enjoy those special moments gathering with those you love! Have a wonderful weekend, and
Happy Friday, Voyagers! It’s been a week full of learning for me. A little challenging, a little frustrating, a lot of fun! One of the critical components of a successful retirement voyage is that you not stagnate. That you always have something that will challenge you, drive you, motivate you to get out of your recliner chair. My hope for you this weekend is that you will rekindle some interest – find some curiosity within. So how about it – what new things will you learn next?
I hope as the weekend approaches you take a moment to consider those Christmas traditions you hold dear. Are you doing things simply because you’ve “always done it that way?” Are you exhausting yourself chasing some self-imposed standard that no longer meets your needs? Instead, I would invite you to consider which activities, decorations, and traditions truly hold a special meaning for you. Pursue those! Have a peaceful and heartfelt weekend!
Happy Friday fellow Voyagers! Well, Thanksgiving has come and gone, we’ve survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and we’re well on our way to rushing toward the holiday where we feel the need to buy more, do more, decorate more, celebrate more. The race is on…only 25 days till the big day, and soon the papers and televisions and computer screens will be reminding you that you must hurry, hurry, hurry.
So I hope after this week’s post reminding you to see the “wonder” in things, that you’ll take a moment to slow down, take a deep breath, and be grateful for this moment ~ right now. Have a fabulous weekend!