Ah, this is the life I’ve dreamed about; no schedules, no meetings, no alarm clocks. Golden retirement has arrived! This month, the pension and old age cheques start trickling into the bank account. They won’t amount to much but I’ll survive.
But if one is in good health, as I am, this type of life can be boring. We need direction and purpose in life. Well, I certainly do. Even in retirement, it is a good idea to have some sort of daily routine; a purpose for rolling out of bed.
After doing some de-cluttering and organizing in the house, I did the same with my personal schedule. I wrote a list of things that are important to me and prioritized the items. Later, I’ll set aside specific times and /or dates for each activity but for this month I’ll see how and where things fit around house chores, errands, art workshops, and acting classes. But I am happy to report that I’ve been diligent thus far with reading and writing devotionals, and with physical activity; Nordic walking, cross-country skiing, lifting 5-pound weights, and working out for a few minutes on the rowing machine. The exercises have reduced stress, boosted my energy level, cleared my head, and sleep is deeper and longer, and oh so much sweeter.
As for my writing goals, this year I’ll finish the first draft of my adult novel which I began a few years ago and edit my children’s novel which also has been sitting on the sidelines collecting dust. In the next few days, I’ll work out a realistic and comfortable writing schedule so that I can measure my work progress and complete these two projects before the end of this year. Along with these two assignments, I’ll be occupied with painting and drawing. Hopefully I’ll be able to produce a couple of pictures worth entering into the annual spring art show in April.
How God will use my artistic talents, I don’t know as yet. But I’m sure He has a purpose and direction for me. It’s a new year; a new adventure.