Re-retired, come mid-June and…

…looking forward to more work on this blog.

retirement road sign

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Just a few days ago, I was told that I no longer met the unlisted qualifications for the 32 hour-a-week job which was now being reduced to 20 hours a week. Let’s see…12 fewer hours…to somehow do the same work my colleagues and I needed 32 hours to complete…which would require additional unlisted skills.

I’ll probably need my first couple of months just to figure that one out.

But it means that I’ll soon return to full retirement…

Buddy on his back

rather than the ‘retirement weekends’ I was taking.

And so I plan to redouble my efforts to reach folks who are/will be retired and who want to explore their own inclinations to write, paint, build, photograph, sculpt, design, wander, and find novelty in their daily lives.

This will include repeated reminders to ‘try new’. It is so easy to fall into routines that rob us of seeing opportunities to shake things up. Let’s face it–we’re at the stage where we should take nothing for granted, so if you have a chance to even try a spicy ketchup, a new walking route, or a different entree at Applebee’s [I’m making our lives sound pretty darned exciting, aren’t I?], then you should.

Let’s close with a round of Jeopardy:

Answer: Ourselves

Question:

What are we waiting for

Additional creative endeavors…

I wrote earlier of finding that spark.

Well, I think I need to tone mine down.

I am constantly finding new, and sometimes circuitous, paths.

Cases in point:

I’ve been sharing some resources on ednotions.com and posting them to my free ‘teacher expo’ on Teachable as well…

Anyway, enjoy these quotes about creativity.

Creativity quote by Criss JamiCreativity quote by Jack KerouacCreativity quote by Larry Page

More Tips to Fire Up Your Creativity

dog in chair
Image by M S from Pixabay

More from

201 Ways to Arouse Your Creativity

— Keep a box labeled for each project. Toss everything in the box, and don’t worry about misplacing things or ideas.

from Amy Ng of Pikaland

— Choose just one creative aim for the day. What one creative project can you begin/continue/finish today?

from Dan Goodwin’s Wakeful Ways at A Big Creative Yes

— Think on paper. With a bunch of loose paper, start jotting ideas down. Here are four benefits of writing by hand.

from Jacob Cass at Just Creative Design

Retirees’ Creative Reinvention Day 18: Seize the moment…

girl reaching

So it’s like this.

My friend from NY sent me a quick email telling me a classmate of ours from junior high had passed away…a year ago.

M was always a pretty happy-go-lucky guy and he was the same way as we went facemark-to-facemask in a junior college football game in 1972. And the same way as he served customers at his dad’s fish market and at the restaurant he started in the 80’s.

While I hadn’t seen him for decades, his passing hit me a little harder.

Maybe each succeeding loss of a contemporary does that now…but it was yet another reminder, a tug at my insides, with the familiar message…”What in God’s name are you waiting for? Get out there and make stuff!”

Yeah…it doesn’t have to be good—especially at first. It has to be done, so you have something to build on, a reference point.

And let’s all assume we’re not going to live forever, so it’s time to build some creative momentum.

It doesn’t have to be a leap. Even a step will do. But let’s aim together to be in a different place than we were the day before.

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This post begs for a repeat of the previous link…

How to Never Miss a Day of Creative Work
Highlights:
  1. “Take the minimal viable action of sitting down at your desk…”
  2. “Reduce the scope, but stick to the schedule.”
  3. “It’s better to lower your standards and actually follow through…”

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Thanks for reading and stay vigilant for opportunities
to stretch and flex those creative muscles.

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Retirees’ Creative Reinvention Day 17: Stay on task…

Multiple cogs with icons signifying tasks
Overestimating my ability to handle multiple projects…a major fault
Srini Rao has long been a go-to resource for advice and inspiration. This is one of my favorite posts from unmistakeablecreative.com.
Man intently working at a laptop
Love the wrinkled undershirt look…but hey! He’s sticking with his schedule!
How to Never Miss a Day of Creative Work
Highlights:
  1. “Take the minimal viable action of sitting down at your desk…”
  2. “Reduce the scope, but stick to the schedule.”
  3. “It’s better to lower your standards and actually follow through…”

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Thanks for reading and stay vigilant for opportunities
to stretch and flex those creative muscles.

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