Life intervened, and I answered its call. It is still calling me, but I've decided there are better ways to manage it. I have chosen to retire from my very demanding full-time job as a non-profit organization CEO to follow other pursuits.
One pursuit will involve working with my siblings to clean out our family home and put it on the market. That will be hard work, bittersweet, and time consuming. But it's part of what we must do, and we must do it without looking back and without any sort of regrets.
On a more cheerful note, I will also have more time for my own interests, which include cooking, travel, reading and writing. I am quiet certain I will not stop working completely (I'm not eligible for Social Security benefits yet) and I've still got a lot of energy and ideas.
Although my last day at work is not until Sept. 28, I hope I can find time this summer for the things I enjoy, like farm markets and cooking fresh. I just slipped out the back door and clipped a few sprigs of basil and I'm anxious to start chopping tomatoes for a Mediterranean-inspired dish I will share with you later. The photo above was taken in 2006, my last really creative summer.
I hope this summer I can recapture some of what I felt that summer, my last one working at the newspaper and heading into my last year of university teaching (two activities I want to pursue again).
Please join me again on my journey. I promise there will be more posts more often.