INTRODUCTION


There seems to be a scarcity of UK retirement blogs out there (other than those proffering financial advice) and in the absence of my being able to read about other people's experiences, I instead offer you my own "Great Big Retirement Adventure."

My husband (Mister E) and I have moved from the initial concept through the planning stages to implementation and this site is intended to record the whole process. What I am seeking from retirement is now very different to what I thought I was planning and has gradually developed into a quest for fitness and a desire for simplification, with a transition away from both a highly organised lifestyle and the personality traits reflecting a pedantic professional career. Indeed I recently described myself as "a goofy idiot" who enjoys smiling at sunflowers; a far cry from the pre-retirement professional and an indication of just how far I have travelled.

Please visit from time to time and do add your comments. The blog is in reverse chronological order but popular posts and those highlighting our journey are specifically pinpointed below on the right hand side together with a list of topics covered. Alternatively you may prefer to look at the summary or wisdom we have acquired or even our have done list with its retirement atlas and dip in and out of the blog using the links given.




Sunday, 1 January 2017

Resolutions for 2017



The first page of a new year and with another 364 days to go we all need to be working together to plan a happy ending. That anyway was my thought as I contemplated the making of this year's New Year's Resolutions. 

I was actually surprised to read that most people's resolutions involve losing weight, taking more exercise and making time in their busy lives for family and friends. To think that there was a time when I actually thought that I was unique in both my ambitions and failings.

Now that I know that fellow humanity shares so many goals and aspirations, I want to reach out with this year's resolutions to strive for objectives we can all embrace together. 2016 was an appalling year on so many levels, so I now undertake in 2017 to:

1. Make someone smile every day
2. Ensure I have a good daily laugh too (I sense my family groaning already at my sense of humour)
3. Stand up for what I believe in and endeavour to engage others to fight the cause (oh dear my poor MP is undoubtedly already groaning  at the thought of those extra e-mails)
4. Use less, live simply and shop locally wherever possible
5. Think globally and be aware of the impact of my footprints on the planet and the suffering of all those in war zones or denied the liberties that I enjoy, doing what I can to raise awareness and improve outcomes.

In retirement we have the time and wisdom to contemplate the need for change and, if we summon the energy, to action it.

7 comments:

  1. Love your resolutions! I tried to further incorporate the shop local, small footprint ideas into our lifestyle this year and found it fun - searching out local produce, cycling and walking instead of cursing that there's nowhere to park the car!

    Happy New Year :-)

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    2. Happy New Year to you too and let's all keep the fun going for 2017

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  2. Excellent list! In Canada (and the U.S.) today marks the beginning of a new slew of carbon-based taxes. My only concern there is that the extra money raised truly goes where it is supposed to go. Perhaps one of my goals should be to be less cynical!

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    1. I know the feeling it happens all the time in the UK. For instance the Government has compelled retailers to charge £0.05 for every carrier bag ostensibly to save the planet; however it receives 20% of the charge by way of Value Added Tax!

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  3. Wonderful and expansive list. I am still morose and need to shake myself out of lethargy. Our Christmas gifts included donations to Planned Parenthood and ACLU. Looking ahead to repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Not a lot of holiday cheer this side of the pond.

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    1. Stay positive - the USA at least isn't doing a Brexit!

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