What do you do now that you're retired? Instead of being annoyed at being asked this question, I used it as a way of reflecting on the past 5 years, and looking at what has happened since I was made redundant.
In the Pink for #PastSquare!
October is all about #pastsquares over at Becky's blog, and today I'm In the Pink!
A message from the Queen? No, just me guesting with THE GIFT OF AN EARLY AND UNWANTED REDUNDANCY – over at Cresting The Hill
A guest post featuring the Queen and I - yes really! Check it out.
Retirement Voices | Add your story to this important new book
I have just completed an easy questionnaire on the subject of retirement. I found out about this project from another midlife blogger and decided to add my voice to the story. If you are a woman and you're retired I highly recommend you join up and share your story and thoughts, it's for a good …
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Reblog: Not a good week! – Deb’s World
I can't let today, 10 May 2017, go by without mentioning that one year ago today we were told our jobs as educators in the State's Correctional Centres were to be axed by the end of 2016. It started a dreadful time of worry, concern, upset, ill health and general malaise. We were all summonsed to …
A new me or an upgraded version?
Since being made redundant at 56, how have I changed?
The day I met a murderer on the bus
The time I met a murderer on the bus! Life is an adventure.
Surprisingly there is a life after retirement – Musings on a Monday
Not so manic Monday
Now that I'm not working anymore 🙂 Mondays don't have that awful Manic Monday feel to them - in fact every day is pretty cruisy. This morning I had an early morning walk booked in with a friend and this gorgeous view was on display from my front door. I love the layers of rippling red, …
Girls just wanna have fun!
On the subject of FUN: This video shows my daughters and I racing at a trampoline park while on holidays over Christmas. We're not at all competitive! I'm the little one in black just in case you can't pick me! One daughter yells out 'I've won' as she throws herself into the airbags, one does …
2016 – the year that was!
Tumba-bloody-Rumba was the winner as the most viewed post on my blog in 2016. Did you see it? In looking back at my blog stats for 2016 I have been very surprised about what featured in my top 10 based on views. Posts on local government issues, travels, photo challenges and ongoing issues with my forced redundancy collected the top …
Anticipating anticipation – Weekly Photo Challenge
Is it possible to anticipate anticipation? I like to think so. With summer holidays upon us and family members from near and afar preparing to gather, I am anticipating the anticipation of us all being together again for the first time in over a year. I love spending time with my family 🙂 My three …
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Wordless Wednesday – goodbye and good luck!
That's a wrap on a 22+ year career - made redundant!
Bring on 2017 – Weekly Photo Challenge
Vanish, invisible mending – a poem I found
While cycling in New Zealand recently I found this poem in a delightful little book about the local area. Reading through it, I found it really hit a chord with me. The book was one of many available for visitors to flick though in one of the guest houses (Tiger Hill Lodge) we stayed in, …
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Relax and unwind – Weekly Photo Challenge
This sunset! Relax is the prompt for this week's photo challenge. As Hakan B says: Life can be stressful. Work commitments, family trouble, financial obligations: the list goes on. And sometimes, it can all get a little too overwhelming. That’s why it’s so important to make time to just relax. Whether through meditation, a quiet walk, …
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Mantra for the future
As our redundancy date draws closer the farewells have begun. I have just two weeks to go! After a lifetime (well 22 years in the one workplace anyway) it is a massive change to come to terms with. All my staff are taking redundancies so it will be the end of an era. I was completely …
On being made redundant…..
My thoughts on being made redundant Meaning: not or no longer needed or useful; superfluous. Synonyms: Unnecessary, not required, inessential, unessential, needless, unneeded, uncalled for, dispensable, disposable, expendable. unwanted, useless Back in 2016, I was sitting and talking with my sister at her hospital bed and it was therapeutic for both of us. For …
What’s your value? I know mine!
A heartfelt post about the value of Education, or not as the case may be, in a correctional facility.
Today I’m a radical!
I wouldn't have thought I was a radical but recent events have made me question myself. I will admit that I'm passionate, I'm excitable, I'm enthusiastic, I'm a fighter and I'm determined. Today I'm also adding the word radical to that description as I'm taking industrial action and am on strike for 24 hours due to …