Photo-a-day 31: Do a little wandering of your own.

wandering man

According to The Wander Society author, Keri Smith, one of the wandering precepts is:

Do not plan your wanderings.

Is this man a member of The Wander Society? Could be.

More from Keri Smith:

You probably haven’t heard about the Wander Society because its members don’t want to be known…They maintain a solitary existence, preferring to remain anonymous and blend into their surroundings.

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I appreciate the randomness of ‘wandering’.

If I hadn’t chosen to stray from my routine this late afternoon, I wouldn’t have caught our mid-winter sunset.

I’ve clearly found another retirement resource.

Thank you, Keri Smith.

 

Photo-a-day 30: Start a new book.

The Wander Society book cover

Consider something outside of your usual preferred genre.

I opened this book last night and was immediately taken in by the premise of The Wander Society.

Fellow retirees, assuming you have a little extra time, think about doing a little wandering of your own.

Photo-a-day 29: Try gardening. Yes, even in winter.

Even amidst the gray and muck of winter…

when you’re applying for federal wetland protection status, it’s nice to see something new like those mustard greens** emerging from the soil.

Give it a try.

**At least, I think they are. Been a while since I planted them.

Photo-a-day 26: ‘Waive’ bye-bye to the boring stuff

certificate of prioritization
This certificate should be accompanied by a steady stream of willpower.

Yesterday, I wondered if there was a waiver that allowed us to at least temporarily shrug off nagging chores in favor of more meaningful activities.

Of course there is!

Just download a copy of the above masterpiece.

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I’m working on a short book about lessons and realizations during my first year of retirement.

If you’re interested in this and/or
and a fun [in development] community site for retirees, just add the information below.

 

 

A promise: Your email address will not be shared and will be used to inform you of the book’s status

Photo-a-day 25: Time yourself…

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Time yourself. Yes, set the timer for five minutes and see what gets done. I had to admit, I finished 90% of the dinner dishes recently in that span. Thus, no excuse for leaving them for later.

Well, that’s a lie…steering myself toward a writing project should give me a pass on the dishes…isn’t there a waiver we can sign so it somehow feels official?

If you want to look at the bigger picture of managing time during your days of retirement, take a look at these ten tips.

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And, in keeping with my ‘try new’ approach to life, here’s today’s list, so far:

Three new items at the farmer’s market:

A fancy kind of mustard green

Mondo-sized brioche with chocolate filling

A zucchini-and-refried bean pupusa

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I’m working on a short book about lessons and realizations during my first year of retirement.

If you’re interested in this and/or
and a fun [in development] community site for retirees, just add the information below.

 

 

A promise: Your email address will not be shared and will be used to inform you of the book’s status

Photo-a-day 24: It’s been a good day when…

girl hugging lion
You overcame a fear.
beer bottles being tapped as a celebratory toast with setting sun in background
Enjoyed quality time with a friend
Boy and girl exulting over an activity on a MacBook laptop.
You savored the beauty and enthusiasm of youth.

Go ahead…fill in the blank: It’s been a good day when…

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I’m working on a short book about lessons and realizations during my first year of retirement.

If you’re interested in this and/or
and a fun [in development] community site for retirees, just add the information below.

 

 

A promise: Your email address will not be shared and will be used to inform you of the book’s status

Photo-a-day 23: Shift your life…

bell tower at Oregon State University at dusk
Kind of sinister looking, isn’t it? I rarely take photos at dusk, but I couldn’t resist this shot of the imposing creature that hovered over the Oregon State University campus.

one small change at a time. When you think of it, every time you take a photo, you’ve made a small change. You’ve adjusted your perception of the world just a little bit.

Yes, here I am still harping on the ‘try new’ ethic.

It’s not as if we have tons of time left on our clocks.

I’m not trying to be a downer here, just a fact of life and the not-so-popular alternative.

So, why not ‘try new’?

They don’t have to be cataclysmic changes. Just anything different that makes your day of retirement a little bit more interesting.

And I’ve chosen to be intentional about it…

Yesterday…

  • I ordered an ‘Italiano’ for my afternoon coffee drink. [An Italiano is a strong Americano.]
  • I changed the route for Buddy’s and my midday walk.
  • I added sumac [love that herb’s lemony flavor] and a balsamic reduction to my sautéed kale and onions.
  • I added maple bbq sauce to my black bean soup.
  • I bought a new kind of coffee from a store where I had never considered buying it. [Note: Hawaiian…]
  • I’m listening to new music from a British acid jazz group Incognito.

Did I change anyone’s life?

Nope, but I changed my own.
And in retirement, why not make that a daily focus?


I’m working on a short book about lessons and realizations during my first year of retirement.

If you’re interested in this and/or
and a fun [in development] community site for retirees, just add the information below.

 

A promise: Your email address will not be shared and will be used to inform you of the book’s status