Retirees’ Creative Reinvention Day 3: Suit yourself.

think big painter wall
Just a quick quote for today:

“I’d spent so many years doing things I didn’t really want to do for people I didn’t really like.”
― Claire Cook, Multiple Choice

I’ve been blessed with some great bosses, but certainly there were times when most of us employed-by-others retirees felt as if we were serving others.

Time to serve yourself, especially as a writer, painter, photographer, creator of some type.

I like this article about reinvention.  Pay extra attention to stages 3 [Liberation] and 4 [Re-engagement].

Go do something new today.

Retirees’ Creative Reinvention Day 2: Pace yourself.

wall of graffiti
What WOULD a wall of retirees’ graffiti look like?

Okay, so you haven’t ordered scaffolding or a thousand-dollar set of camera lenses or an acre of paint supplies. [At least in my house, they’re measured in acres.]

Good for you.

Take your time. Find your bliss. [Sorry to go all woo-woo on you.]

Jill Badonsky, who promotes “continuous improvement through small steps in any creative endeavor”, should inspire you.

Here is a link to the The Muse Is In: An Owner’s Manual to Your Creativity Goodreads page.

Inspired? What is your next [of many, I hope] creative project?

Let me know in the comments below.

Retirees’ Creative Reinvention: Day 1

Let’s shift gears a little.

Even before I retired, ‘reinvention’ crept into my consciousness. I was feeling fairly marginalized in a number of ways and it felt like it was the right time to redefine what I wanted to do with the ensuing years.

Especially as a creator.

So that will be my emphasis in February–your reinvention as a creator.

I will offer suggestions and include a few steps I’m taking in that direction–not in the vein of  ‘Hey! Look at me!’, but as a way to document [for myself] some forward steps.

Need a little nudge in this direction? Just click on and download the page below and print it out as often as you need. Nothing fancy here. No frills, just a little boost to your mindset. Here also is a link to the two-per-page version.

Creatives Journal Page
Clicking on this will generate a PDF version of the full page.





Photo-a-day 27: Stroll the neighborhood

I recently suggested fellow retirees look out their window.
Today, let’s venture a little further. Surprises await.
This ursine friend a few blocks away shows up in thematic garb throughout the year. If I didn’t cruise nearby streets on foot, I’d miss his seasonal unveiling.
Taking the ‘get out and walk’ suggestion a bit further? Check out…
The Best Places to Retire Without a Car

Photo-a-day 3: When in doubt, find sunshine.


I can take the cold and wet of winter. It’s the darkness that gets me. So when the sun is out, I bolt from the house. We’re retired. We have the time. No sense staying locked up and losing those precious rays. In fact, it’s calling my name right now.