Relationships — Establishing New Networks

After moving to London, Ontario last year, I’m faced with establishing a new social network, not an online network, as, thankfully, this network moved with me,  but a network of real people. Previous to this move, my husband and I lived in the greater Toronto area for 26 years. After such a long time in […]

Love Relationships

Valentine’s day is a perfect time to consider the love relationships in your life.  It’s a perfect time to think about the people who nurture and support us. You might be fortunate to have many love relationships in your life.  On the other hand, you might stop reading right now thinking that love relationships are […]

Year-End Assessment

I’ve just finished a year-end assessment. Before anticipating what a new year will bring and considering outcomes for 2017, it’s useful to look back at 2016 aspirations, celebrate accomplishments, and consider major lessons learned. As I grow older, I grow more determined to live life on my own terms. I spent the first part of […]

How do you assess your life’s work in retirement?

As we grow older, it’s common to assess your life’s work.  In the past six weeks as I’ve recovered from the flu and another bout of pneumonia, there’s been too much time for staring at the bedroom ceiling and thinking.  I’ve assessed my life’s work since retirement six years ago.  I’ve also been thinking about plans […]

Moving Brings Mental Challenges

Most people are aware that moving is a physical process; however moving also brings mental challenges. As we prepared to move, we anticipated an amount of disruption to our lives.  We expected that the process of settling in to our new home would take several months. What we did not predict was the effect of […]

Retirement Happiness — Life Intermissions

Intermissions in life usually accompany a major life change. The life change might be a marriage, the birth of a child, a promotion at work, or achievement of a milestone such as running a marathon. The life change may also result from the death of a loved one, a health crisis, a financial set back, a divorce, […]

Retirement Happiness — Good Endings

In the final days before moving I’m aware that good endings are important.  Good endings involve letting go of people, places and traditions. Endings mean difficult good-byes. As we say good-bye, we worry that inevitable life changes will alter relationships. We know the future won’t be the same. We resist good-byes because we don’t want […]

Retirement Happiness — A Break with a Grand-daughter

This week it’s time for a break from prepping our house for sale to experience the joy of caring for our grand-daughter who is almost 3 years old. It’s March break in Ontario which means that schools, including the Montessori school she attends, are closed. Our son and daughter-in-law have new jobs where time off […]

The work of preparing a house for sale

Preparing to sell a house involves pain, both physical and psychological. We are in the process of de-cluttering, organizing, and purging the house where we have lived for 25 years in preparation to list it next month. Real estate agents and home stagers are ruthless in their evaluation of what to remove or add to make each […]