Welcome to my Retirement Journey!
After all these years I am finally down to a countdown of months till I retire. Depending on how you look at this it could be a (sob) or a (hooray), for me it’s a HOORAY! It is not that I have a lot of money but the thought of throwing my alarm clock away does have it’s humor. My daughters purchased a tee-shirt for me one Christmas that had a cat on its back and the caption said “I Don’t Do Mornings”, just about captures my feelings on being awakened at 6 AM by my alarm clock.
Decisions Decisions What to do!
I remember thinking last year what part-time job was I going to do to supplement my social security monthly checks, ugh! Thoughts of standing on my feet as a check-out person did not thrill me but I needed to do something if not just for the money but to keep active and feel alive. I have a friend who retired 3 years ago and she is struggling to find meaningful activities to keep her busy. She volunteers which she likes but is not enough to fill her days. I wondered if she missed working at her old job?
This doesn’t mean I won’t miss the job that I have done for the last 15 years or the people I work with but I am ready for new adventures and seeing where this blogging thing will take me. I stumbled into blogging by accident. It started with taking an update my skills 1 credit class at a local art and design school here in Lancaster for HTML. I use some HTML for my job but I had not had HTML5 or CSS so I thought I would check it out and ended up going for the certificate that is made up of 4 classes, Photoshop, HTML5 And CSS, Typography, and WordPress.
When I took the WordPress class I thought WOW I had no idea this was what a lot of bloggers use to make their blogs. Now came another question, what exactly is a blog? So after listening to the explanation, I thought about this for a couple of weeks and I thought I really wanted to start a blog on making cookies and wait for it – “My Cookie Journey” was born.
Having worked in the Information Technology field for 20 years did help some, but a lot of this is all new to me and has turned out to be surprisingly fun and very frustrating all at the same time. When I found out that you can make money with blogging I thought added bonus, this could be my part-time job…working in slippers…I am all in. I figure I have a couple of years to bake, post, and blog about the steps I am going through during my countdown to retirement.
Next Month: What’s in your mailbox?
Don’t get me started on the mail I am receiving pertaining to retirement but that is next months story.