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Any advice for the about-to-be retired?

Any advice for the about-to-be retired?

Old 04-06-2015, 10:57 AM
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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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Old 04-06-2015, 05:56 PM
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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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Old 04-06-2015, 08:25 PM
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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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Old 04-06-2015, 09:35 PM
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Retirement... Enjoy it !!!
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Old 04-07-2015, 04:50 AM
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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).
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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Old 04-07-2015, 04:55 AM
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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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Old 04-07-2015, 01:06 PM
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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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Old 04-07-2015, 05:16 PM
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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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Old 04-07-2015, 05:37 PM
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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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Old 04-07-2015, 07:52 PM
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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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