I'm being blasted from colleagues and friends as “jumping ship” prematurely into retirement because I’m not using some pre-packaged presumed assumption of how I will be living my life when I retire from my current career job. Whose retirement is this, anyway?
In these past few weeks, I have gone through an ego-bruising crash-course in job hunting 2014, and it has not been pretty.Today’s info-tech-centric culture means the job-hunting process has morphed into an endless series of click, select, edit, scan, download, save and submit buttons.
I became a new parent twice last year for the first time. Did I defy nature and give birth two times in one year? No. I officially became a parent for the first time to my darling 9 year-old twin stepsons when I married the love of my life; and a second time when I became my father's primary caregiver.
Ever been to a Renaissance Faire? This year, I attended two weekends for the Wonders of the World and the High Seas Adventure. Of course, I wouldn’t dare go without dressing up in full costume! The challenge? Creating costumes on a budget.
I feel old. Not only did I turn 50 years old last month, but my youngest son graduated from high school and is heading out of state to start college. For the first time in 21 years, I will not have any children at home. I feel that time is moving too fast and I want to yell at it to slow down. Sound familiar?
My father, Daniel Jenerson III, died September 19, 1992. At his funeral I was surprised to hear from neighborhood families about how he helped them in their time of need…diapers when their children were born…food when there was none…helping with auto repair costs. Who was this man they were talking about?
Juggling is not just entertaining, its exercise for the brain and body. Researchers have found links between learning to juggle and an increase in the grey matter in the brain. Twenty percent of the oxygen taken in by the body goes to the brain and 95% of that oxygen goes into grey matter.
Thirty-five years of saving, 10 years of aggressive investing and the last five years of learning to live on 32%-46% of my salary, had finally paid off. I could retire and have more income during retirement than I have while still working. But my heart is not in it to retire ... yet.
I’ve been on a couple of interviews now and they have been most enlightening. Every one has been hosted by individuals decades younger and considerably less experienced. There have been some awkward moments and some engaging ones. Who knew that I could charm these young folks into seriously considering me to be a part of their team, working under their direction?