Sunday, September 4, 2011

One year is enough

Last June I made it to the promised land - retirement!  I was going to exercise every day, get in the shape of my life, eat healthy, read a book every week, keep up with all my friends, become a pro on my longarm, knit like a fiend, volunteer and teach part time.  And this was just my plan for the first day!

Instead, I have lots of fun on Facebook, joined Yelp and had a grand time doing a whole lot of nothing.  I have seen all kinds of friends and had lots of fun but now it's been a year.  I need a focus to my life which I hope will stop my clothes from shrinking.  (Shockingly, I have not gotten in the shape of my life.)

What gave me focus for 35 years?  My children and my job, yes?  At 58 I sure don't need any new children and teaching part time just didn't give me the buzz I was hoping for.  What would be the ideal job?  For me, it would be 4 hours a day, easy commute, make you feel good about yourself and have the federal holidays off.  (Amazing pay and really cute shoes would be great also but I can't be too greedy.)

I have created the ideal job for myself - I, Kathy, am going to use needles for at least 4 hours every business day except for Federal holidays which I will define as Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and Easter.   My commute is going upstairs to my sewing loft or sitting in my knitting chair.  I will sew and knit like it's my job because it will be however imaginary the pay might be.

No more putting off sewing.  No more fiddling around all day long, hey, pay attention I am talking to YOU, Kathy!  This new focus will make me feel a bit better about myself, with more of a direction.  I will have to figure out how I will fit in these four hours of Kathy needling every day.  To kick it off, I already put in a hour in my sewing room so I better get busy and do the rest of my hours.  I will keep posting on how the previous day went.  Next labor day weekend we will see if I get to enjoy Labor day off.

Feel free to join me in my quest - I am going up to my sewing room, you go do what you want to do every day and we will talk tomorrow.


  1. 4 hours a day is a lot! I will give you a buck if you can needle one hour each day, excluding federal holidays, of course.

  2. I am a little nervous but hey I have done it for 3 whole days in a row!


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