Bold, beautiful steps

Happily After Retirement - joy & spirit bannerMy friend Donna is making a huge move in her life. She put her job on hold for a year. She rented out her house. She sold her car. She downsized her belongings. She gave away possessions. She made the big announcement. She is almost on her way.

Donna plans to spend a year in Europe. Alone. But not really alone. Initially she will be volunteering at International Volunteer Head Quarters or IVHQ.  Her plane will land in Italy and she will begin her position in January. After three months, she intends to travel and eventually walk the Camino de Santiago, or Way of St James in Spain.

Right now, with each release – of possessions, job duties and expectations, volunteer commitments, material items and her place in the community, she grows stronger.

Also, with each release, she questions her sanity, motives and actions.

In the anxious moments, are the bubbles of excitement floating over everything she does. The unknown paths, people, places and interactions keep her smiling and wondering.

I don’t want to be on her path but I love what it’s doing to her. Her energy is spiking and she’s so alive and living life like everyday is a snowday!

Another friend, Karen, is taking a painting class. When I talk to her on the phone, she sounds like a college kid. The ability to turn a white canvas into colorful meaning has allowed her to open up and breathe again.

I’m looking for my canvas too.

Happily After Retirement snowy mailboxI think it’s the dreary, drab time of year that makes me want to do something bold. But I’m drawing a blank. (Ha, back to the white canvas … right?)

It is often this time of year when I do most of my soul searching. The atmosphere forces me to pause and take stock. What am I doing? What do I want to do? Where do I want to be next year at this time?

Infuse your life with action.
Don’t wait for it to happen.
Make it happen.
Make your own future.
Make your own hope.
Make your own love.

And whatever your beliefs,
honor your creator,
not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high,
but by doing what you can to make grace happen…
yourself, right now, right down here on Earth. –

Bradley Whitford

Where do you want to be? Got any amazing plans, projects or experiences you want to share? Send me a link, a comment or photo. Challenge me. Entice me. Push me. Pull me. Kick me. Then we can laugh about it. RIGHT NOW …. is a good time!


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