So today is the first day back to school, and for me it's one full year of retirement! As I look back on the past 12 months it's been a whirlwind of gifts. Teaching Physical Education at the high-school level for over 27 years was a dream come true, and not an easy decision to retire from. This past year has allowed me to pursue my passion of travel, fitness & yoga, and more importantly it has given me time to learn, explore and give back. Since retiring I've taught more fitness & yoga classes than ever before, and I've enjoyed travelling around the globe. Cruising through Asia Pacific, spending time in HongKong, Vietnam & Taiwan. Amsterdam & cruising the Rhine through Holland, France & Germany. Traveled through the Alps by train revisiting Switzerland & Austria; fell in love with Innsbruck (5 days in Vienna was not enough), forever in my memories a bicycle tour through the Wachau Valley along the Danube River, exploring the Czech Republic, and magical Prague & Budapest. So much fun teaching yoga at resorts in the Mayan Riviera, Cancun, Los Cabos, Tulum and Punta Cana, weekend get-aways in Chicago, Gatineau & Toronto. Spending time with my mum & sister on beautiful Vancouver Island. Organizing our incredible 7-night family reunion in the Algarve, playing in Luz, Lisbon, Sintra and Portugal's coast. Embracing the Greek Islands of Santorini & Crete. Planning & co-hosting an amazing Austrian hiking-yoga retreat, planning a second yoga retreat in Puerto Vallarta this November. Yes - all of this since retirement! In addition I had time to connect with friends, time to garden, renovate, read, time to grow, listen, laugh and reflect. Retirement has been more than I could ever imagine. If you are on the fence about retirement or job change - just do it. Life is an adventure! #yourplan #livinthedream #lovelife #buildyourdream #retirementlife
9/4/2018 08:09:02 am
Glad to see that you’re adapting so well! 😁
6/14/2019 08:00:29 pm
I used to tell myself I will never want to retire. Given a choice I would like to work until my dying days. That was me maybe twenty years ago. I have a totally different view of retirement. I thought I am just afraid of waking up not having any idea where to go since I got used to getting up in the morning and going somewhere and staying there for about eight hours or more. Today we teach people that you cannot sit for more than two hours straight without getting sick. What's an idle person like me to do then?
3/27/2019 11:50:41 pm
I’ve been retired longer than you and have not accomplished nearly as much. I’m amazed at all that you have done!
3/31/2019 07:15:39 pm
Thank you! I's been a great ride so far. :-)
7/26/2019 06:18:51 am
I am already reading blogs like this even if I am just a newly graduated student. It was really frightening thinking about the future. Studying is very different from working. When I started working, all I am thinking is the responsibility I am going to old forever. I cannot just do absents because it is different from school. I have the responsibility for both the company and myself. I wonder if who I am going to be on the years in future.
10/9/2022 10:38:39 pm
Pull third knowledge example style. Could pick food student now hard. That the staff dark.
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Barb is married and lives in London, Ontario. She has two wonderful step-daughters and two amazing step-grand daughters. Barb enjoys travelling and seeks out UNESCO World Heritage destinations around the globe. The history, culture & people she encounters along the way inspires her optimistic attitude and outlook on life.