Turn around and it’s fall with just three months to go in 2017.
Lots of new things done and new places went. Past tense.
In July, I traveled to Long Island to help my Aunt Bernadette, the Eagle girls and their amazing families celebrate Bernadette’s nine decades on this earth. And they definitely know how to celebrate!
In August, I spent a week on Block Island with my friend Cheryl in a rented house, with visits from my sister Nancy; her brother Rich; her daughter, Kerri, and husband, Jared, and new baby, Cole; and Jared’s parents. By the end of the week the weather was so nasty that we had to close the house one day early, but it was interesting to see how whipped up those waves can get.
In September, I visited an amazing brewery in Massachusetts with Mallory and Emily and families. A beautiful day outdoors with beers and music. Can’t go wrong!
And, in a few days, at the start of October, I’ll be headed to St. Paul, Minnesota, to see my sisters, Jean and Mary, and my cousin, Elizabeth. We have an Airbnb that is located in an area of the city with streets of historic Victorian homes. Should be beautiful, interesting and fun to see everyone! I’ll also be visiting some college friends — can’t wait to see them too!
I’m not sure what November has in store for me yet, but I’ll be retiring from the full-time work life in December — AND moving to Connecticut. That’s an adventure in itself!
To mark this change in my life with a humongous exclamation point, I’ve signed up for a trip to Thailand and Cambodia for two weeks in January … ! This is so far outside of my comfort zone that it seemed, at the time, like a good idea. I’m on shaky ground, but I think I’ll do fine. I’m going with a group of 20 people from all over the world, and we’ll be volunteering on local projects and touring the countries. When I read about the program, I liked the mix of doing something and seeing something. It feels right.
I am still amazed every day by this new life. And I know I’ve chosen the right path now more than ever.
In the next few months, I’ll be looking for part-time work opportunities. I’m not sure where that will lead me, or what that even looks like, but I know I’ll be open to whatever feels right when it comes my way. No more fears.