At the beginning of this year, I never expected that my life would be taking a new direction. I had planned on working for at least another year. I lost my wonderful boss, a pastor, of 18 years, to retirement and I had planned on staying on the job at least a year to help transition a new pastor into the church.
About 3 months ago, I was told my job would be cut to part-time and a $9,000 decrease in salary. I began thinking that maybe it was time to call it quits, but how would I fill my time. So, I applied for my Social Security and pension, still not sure of what I was going to do.
A few days ago, I decided that I’ve had enough of the church politics and game-playing and handed in my resignation, not retirement. I am giving them a 1-month notice. Right after I told a few people of my decision, I had one job offer, but not ready to jump back into the job market (even though it would only be part-time and only 1 or 2 days a week.) After working almost 50 years, I decided I deserve some much-deserved down time.
So…the question remains, how will I fill my time?
Well, I will no longer have to get up early to run in the early morning darkness or need to wait until the end of the workday to do my running. I can also begin to do some serious running and increase my mileage and work on my time. I can get to the gym on a more consistent schedule for cross-training. I’ve also approached the manager about starting a C25k group for those older women who would like to get into running. She loved the idea…even if it is more of a walking program.
I have more than enough projects around the house that I can now pursue…like replacing some deck boards, building some raised gardens to grow some veggies.
I’ll try to blog more. No, I don’t think I’ll be bored.
February 12th will end my professional life, and at 2 p.m. that day, I will begin taking another road. I can’t wait to see what lies ahead.