Welcome to my blog! I also encourage you to visit me on Twitter @kathysretiremnt as well as http://www.Caregiverschronicle.com.
I’m Kathy, retired, living with my husband, Martin, of 44 years in Upstate South Carolina on our six acre property.
Since I found very little information on the emotional and psychological transition from career to retirement, I started kathysretirementblog.com in November 2012 to help me and others sort out what retirement looks like for those of us wanting a retirement where we can be mentally challenged, physically active and emotionally satisfied. Recently, I launched http://www.caregiverschronicle.com to promote awareness of the rare form of dementia my husband has, Primary Progressive Aphasia.
Retirement takes more than financial preparation. It is more of a journey than an arrival at a life destination. And, it is not an end but a beginning. People are living longer, are more productive than ever. That said, getting to my happy place in retirement was a challenge. But, I learned, as I meandered through this life transition, I am far from alone. I hope my posts will provide you with insight and encouragement as you make or prepare for your journey.
I spent my career working in banking and real estate, both commercial and residential, local and national. Martin and I retired at the end of 2012. As we retired, I started a journey of rediscovery of who I am without my career. I also learned that life remains ever-changing and challenging. Martin’s diagnosis was an unexpected and unwanted blow. We found ourselves floundering once again to find a solid footing as well as joy in our lives. It is hard.
To begin with, I took up new endeavors in retirement such as writing and expanded old ones, planting a vineyard to satisfy my desire to try winemaking (it didn’t go as planned). I quench my thirst for writing by blogging about my experiences and insights as well as writing personal essays and memoirs. As you read through my posts, you’ll see how some of my pursuits, such as painting, were a catalyst for new adventures, like drawing. I’m on a mission to show the world that retirement is a chance to put your dent in the universe.
As writing became my passion I realized I didn’t have time for farming, which was part of my original retirement plan. I still garden, but gave up growing vegetables 365 days a year (yes, we can do that in South Carolina) and removed the fruit trees, which take tremendous care to produce fruit.
Martin and I have two daughters, six grandchildren, one great-grandchild and five cats. Yes, five cats, rescued cats, some inside, some outside, some both.
Besides all of the above, I’m an accomplished cook still growing herbs, a few vegetables and the fruits that are easy to grow in SC; bush whacker — of beetle infested pines and sawtooth vines on my property; artist (retirement discovery) — drawing in graphite, colored pencil and pen & ink and painting in watercolor; knitter (another retirement discovery); hiker of the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains; student at Furman University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (never stop learning); and sometime guest speaker.
Welcome to my blog. Visit often. I encourage comments, questions and your insights. We’re all on this journey together.
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