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    I finished my DROP (FL deferred retirement option) the end of February. Hated leaving the kids in mid year BUT other than that glad to get out!! I haven't had a moment to spare. I finished several UFO's, painted 2 rooms and a hallway, cleared out a bunch of clutter, cleaned and organized. THEN ... spent 24 hours in the hospital to be blessed with my first grandchild!! Helping out with the little guy and planning out the projects I need to get ready for traveling in May and June. I never believed it until now that you will be wondering how you ever found time for work! ENJOY!!!! When things settle down in the fall, I want to join a quilting guild or some other form of learning / socializing group

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    Congrats on your upcoming retirement! It is the BEST "job" I ever had!! LOVE every minute of it. I'm still wondering how I had time to work! I'm involved with some volunteering for the American Legion, busy with Newcomers Club, and of course my quilting! Have fun with whatever you decide to to, and ENJOY life!

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    I gave myself 1 year before starting to commit to volunteering. So, that's my suggestion.....do what feels right for a year (travel, sleep late, pj's all day, read a book, etc.)......then start figuring out what feels good to do and what you'd like to commit to. But, first year, when folks ask for your help, just tell them you are taking a year off from all commitments before deciding. Then, after the year is up...you can decide!

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    Psycologists say the biggest hazard to retirees is interuption of their circadian rythms. You have spent a lifetime getting up, and being gone early in the morning. Now you don't HAVE to, but if you change your sleep schedule, you can end up tired, low energy, and possibly depressed by this. DH was a workaholic, his job was his hobby. Now he is retired and becaue he did this to himself, he has had some problems getting back to a normal sleep schedule. At first most people keep the same schedule, but as time passes, and you begin to really enjoy running your own ship as it were, that you begin to stay up later, because you don't need to get up early anymore, and it is a bad slippery slope . Be good to you, and go find out what you have been missing while you were being responsible! Blessings.

    Also- beware of the phrase "since you aren't working..." Nothing comes at the end of that sentence except hassle! Ask me how I know....lol!
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    I am also a retired teacher. Congratulations on your retirement and want to thank you for all you did for the children!

    We are used to as teachers to "gearing up" at the end of summer in preparation of the start of school. A wise retired teacher advised me to plan something specific for this time of the year - a special vacation, a project, etc., that will involve you and change your focus from getting ready to go back to school. It sounds like you may already have that in hand with your move to Florida.

    Be aware of conversations, especially on the phone, that start with "since you're retired now...." People are very willing to help you with filling the many hours of your retirement. Be cautious of taking on too much too soon. Have a set response ready, especially if they ask you if you are busy on a certain day/time without first telling you why they want to know. My favorite is "I have tentative plans; what do you need and I will let you know if I can change them." That way I find out what they want. I tell them I will call back as soon as I can and let them know "yes" or "no". If it is something major (help with a doctor's appointment, etc.) or something that I am sure I can do or handle, I can accept. If not, I can decline graciously. Remember, your tentative plans may be to sew, take a nap, or read. You don't have to tell them what you are going to be doing.

    When YOU are ready, consider volunteer work. It might be at a school. I found it hard to work in a school because I no longer had the authority of a teacher - that was just me. Many of my friends do volunteer in schools and enjoy it. Guess I am too much a control person. I did help, though, several years selling tickets for and working at the school carnival at my great niece's elementary school. It was very "unteachery-like"!

    I had an opportunity to join a volunteer committee for the city at the Houston Police Department and have since served on several committees for them. I enjoy the interaction with adults and the feeling of giving back to the city. Several of my friends have volunteered at hospitals, nursing homes, charity thrift stores, zoo, museums, etc. Check with your city's website; they frequently post committees, boards, and events that they need volunteers for. Again, when YOU are ready, you will find what interests you.

    Best of all, have fun and enjoy your life and your husband! You have earned it!
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    I remember feeling "cheated" that I no longer had weekends and holidays -- until I realized that EVERY DAY is a "holiday". I also had to learn that I no longer had artificial deadlines imposed by others, could enjoy the "process" of doing something just as much (or sometimes more) than the outcome. Finally, I found a little phrase somewhere that has become a motto: "You're never too old to try something stupid." What freedom!!!!!!

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    lots2do - Where in Florida are you moving? I am in Florida and could give you some tips, if you will be in my area. PM me if you like.
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    The first few months will be ever so fun. The next few not so much unless you get involved in something that will give you a reason to get up and out of the house. Enjoy your exciting new life style.
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    Retirement... Enjoy it !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lots2do View Post
    Hi quilt buddies,
    I have about 46 more school days before I officially retire. Any advice - quilt related or not - is welcomed. We will have our house on the market (fingers crossed for that venture) and won't be settled into our condo in Florida until the fall. I anticipate noticing more changes in the fall when I would regularly go back to school than in the summer.
    But, I would welcome any suggestions. (I am so looking forward to more quilting/creating time).
    Thanks!
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    My personal opinion, having a hobby or two increases the chances of satisfaction with retirement. Enjoy your retirement. When I was close, it took everything I had to go to work, I was so ready (probably for the last couple of years before my retirement date).

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    expect your days to be long and full of things to do. You will wonder how you managed to go to work.
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    Congrats on your pending retirement.

    I retired as of 12/31/14 & am enjoying every minute of it doing What I want, When I want & If I want. One thing I have found out is that when you are retired you have more time to get less things done which is probably because you are not on a schedule. And you can always do it tomorrow.

    So enjoy getting together with your retired friends doing things you have put off because you were working. Go through all of those patterns that you saved & make them into quilts.

    Just stay healthy & enjoy yourself doing what you want & have fun doing it.

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    I'll finish my last school year of teaching on May 22, and I can't wait! I bought my dream sewing machine 2 years ago (Ellisimo Gold) and paid it off in January. I have lots of organizing/decluttering to do around the house, grandkids to visit, and time to see friends and do some volunteering. I have heard that it doesn't really sink in until the new school year starts without us! I'm certainly looking forward to it.

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    I retired six years ago and this is what I am doing. I joined our local Senior Citizens Center which was voted the best in the country. I took quilting classes, painting classes, and many other classes. We have a travel club and I have gone to South Africa, to the Kentucky Derby and other short trips. I now teach classes there: Jazzy Bags, Scrapbooking, and Basic Quilting. I also belong to two Quilting Guilds. I have gone to the Houston Quilting Show twice and to our local quilting shows each year. I don't allow any water under my feet. I have a studio in my home, with everything I need to all my crafting and I bought a long arm machine last year. I had to bedrooms made into my studio. I am living the best days of my life and enjoying every minute of it. We have more days behind us than we have in front of us, so I say do all that you want to and can do while you have good health. I am going back to Europe in 2016. I always said, I buried a husband and raised two children. This is my time!! Enjoy your retirement.

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    Take it easy, don't rush into anything. I'm my 3rd year of retirement from the Boston Public Schools. I love retirement. I can stay up as late as I want . My favorite day of the week is Sunday night because I don't have to go to work the next day. Lol. I am tutoring 2 days a week at a students home and babysitting a 7 month old when I am needed one day a week. I'm involved in my quilting group where we meet once a week to do any project and then we have an official monthly group. During February vacation . I taught sewing to 40 girls from my church in two sessions. We made pillows and pajama bottoms . We are doing it again this month. Does this sound like I'm busy ? Yes I am. But I Love love love retirement . I taught 34 years in Boston as a 5th grade teacher !! Welcome to retirement!!

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    I retired from being an educator after 37 years in June of 2013 and am loving it! While I liked my career, I was definitely ready to move into this next stage. My DH had retired 2 years earlier and that was probably wise for him to figure it out before I took the plunge. I love to quilt--both piecing and long arm, and am very active in my Guild. I kept up a water aerobics class, too.

    Several people have given some really good advice--to be wary of committing to too much volunteer work. Everyone assumes you will so miss school that you will teach every Sunday school class, school volunteer work, etc. Know ahead of time what you think you might be interested in doing and for about how many hours weekly--and stick to your guns!

    Also,Jeanne's comment about knowing your finances is important. We'd always been saving for retirement and I'm still struggling with being so frugal and not adding to savings. My husband keeps reminding me not to be freaking out about that!

    What I really like is not setting an alarm except on rare occasions, being able to change my plans if I decide I want to at the last minute (yes, some would call that procrastination!), generally a slower pace and more relaxed. our son lives 3 hrs away and his days off are Sun & Mon--so now we get to see him and his family more. We haven't done as much travel as we plan--do have some trips planned, and love that we can go during the school year instead of peak season! Oh--the other thing you'll find different is clothing---no need for those work clothes--or at least very little--I keep weeding my wardrobe each season--anything that I haven't worn that season goes to charity--love that I don't wear "professional" anymore! Have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lots2do View Post
    Hi quilt buddies,
    I have about 46 more school days before I officially retire. Any advice - quilt related or not - is welcomed. We will have our house on the market (fingers crossed for that venture) and won't be settled into our condo in Florida until the fall. I anticipate noticing more changes in the fall when I would regularly go back to school than in the summer.
    But, I would welcome any suggestions. (I am so looking forward to more quilting/creating time).
    Thanks!
    lots2do
    Welcome to the club! Just make your daily tasks easier for yourself by acquiring tools that will save you time for doing the things you've always wanted to do. Congratulations and Enjoy!
    You'll see It when you Believe It, there will be No doubt.

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    A big welcome to the retirement club. You will never have enough hours in the day to fit everything in that you WANT to do.

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    Enjoy every minute of your retirement. Over time your routine will change and you will settle in doing the things that really matter without worrying about the time.
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    I'm not really retired....we are working our small business from home after the company we both worked for closed....and watching our DGD every day for her folks. My advice.....LIBRARY CARD. I stopped buying books a couple of years ago (ok...except for Nora Roberts)....and the fact that we have a great library in our little town is a real treasure. Great source for quilting books too.
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    I knew the Quilting Board would come through for me again. What great advice! I thank you all for sharing your thoughts and advice.
    Got a phone call @ 5:30 a.m. saying that we'd have a delayed opening this morning due to slippery road conditions. I'll have to remember to be taken off that list at the end of June!
    I'll have my teaching certification for three more years but I don't think I want to teach or volunteer in a school. I agree that after 32 years in the driver's seat, it could be hard to be a helper. There are some young writers' organizations in Florida that at some point, I may want to check out. When we are in Maine in the summers, there is a local literacy task force that might be a possibility. I've joined a guild in Maine already and have found some very friendly people. I'm working on doing the same in FL.
    Most of all, I can't wait to see a project through to completion on my terms. I have a lot of stash and yarn to play with and I can't wait to dive in. In FL we'll live right near the Pinellas Bike Path and I can't wait to walk every day. I just have to make sure I'm safe with the sun.
    Your posts have made me so much more excited! And relieved, too. DH and I have a lot of changes in a short amount of time. It's felt a little overwheming.
    Thank you all again. Happy quilting!
    PS i think I'll splurge on that Aurifil thread set I've been eye-ing while I still have the bigger paycheck.

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    Congratulations! I hope you enjoy every minute of it!

    My philosophy is that I want to wake up every day and feel like I'm a kindergartner waking up on the first day of summer vacation. All those possibilities and excitement just floating out there in front of me!!

    I agree with the others...take the first year off of everything. Just do what you want to do. See what appeals to you. Don't make any commitments to anything for at least a year.

    I do think it wise to have some hobbies or some things of interest planned. My husband retired two years ago. The man had no interests or hobbies (he's impossible to buy bday presents for because he has no interests) and was bored out of his mind. He ended up going back to work as a consultant for his old company in just a few months, and works now more than he did when he really was working. It's kind of sad.

    I'm going to retire in two years, and am following the advice of stock up now on spendy items....I'm going to buy a Crescendo sewing machine as soon as they're on sale. In fact, I'm so excited about that machine I may *not* wait for it to go on sale!

    I do kind of wonder about my clothes. I finally have a nice collection of professional work clothes with which I am in love. (I didn't pay much for anything, it always had to be on sale/clearance AND a coupon to go with it; I inherited my mother's frugal genes. ) But there is a *lot* there.

    I love my clothes and don't want to part with them, but it's ridiculous to keep all of them. I can't imagine where I would go that I would need much in the way of professional clothes. I'd be interested in hearing what others have done about their work wardrobes.

    One thing I am going to do right away is be a hospice volunteer. You know how they're always needing people to stay with someone that last week, on the overnights. I want to be that person. And that is one place I will wear my nice work clothes. I want to show up looking my very best as I escort someone into the next life. I'm going to wear my pretty scarves and my pretty shoes and send them out in style.

    I also plan to join a gym or the Y or some other exercise program, and go every day. I really want to lose some weight and get into better shape. I guess that's my number one goal for retirement. Take yoga classes. And piano lessons. And painting classes. Look into sculpture classes. Join a regularly playing quartet (I play violin). Maybe investigate water gardens. I have my own greenhouse...I'll probably start raising plants to sell. Do anything the grandchildren want to do. And take a photography class.

    Right now I volunteer to take photos of people in assisted livings in November so that they can use the photo for their Christmas cards. It's a lot of fun. I bring props, such as hats, feathers, boas, canes, fans, gloves. The people have so much fun choosing which prop to use, and it brings some of their personality into the photo. And the props help them to relax and just enjoy their 'photo shoot'. Maybe I'll start going in once a month and do a photo shoot for everyone who has a birthday coming up.

    So many possibilities! I can hardly wait!!!!
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    sleep late, quilt often and eat chocolate anytime you want.
    Nowis you time, so do what you want to do and do it full heartedly. Enjoy
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    I picked out about 10 outfits that I kept and donated the rest of my work clothes to a shelter for abused women. I am (ahem!) of a larger size and the people at the shelter said they could really use the clothes for women going on job interviews.

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    Retirement is the first time in your life that you will manage your time on your schedule, not someone elses. I've been retired for 7 years and loved every minute of it!
    A quilt is like a good life. It's full of mistakes, but, in the end, it looks pretty good.

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