As my mother-in-law used to say, “I could just bust my buttons!” I am both humbled and delighted to have been asked by Donna to slip on over here and put up a post in her Sunday Guest-Post Series. I had been absent from the blogging scene for the better part of a year, but returned to my blog because I missed the relationships I had developed with my “blogging buds.” And, just like friends in real life, the minute I was back on-line, Donna was there – picking up as if no time had passed. If we were closer, I’d be buying that girl a pumpkin spiced chai tea latte!
Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Lynn from ‘An Encore Voyage.’
And here’s how it all started…
A few years back, I decided to give up my 30-year teaching career. A difficult decision, yes, but as hubs said, “Honey, you don’t have to have a job that makes you cry.” Isn’t he an awesome guy? Yes, I agree! Everything was just dandy until hubs came home to tell me that his position at an engineering firm was being terminated!
What the Heck Just Happened…
We went from a six-digit household income, to zip, nada, zilch – overnight. I hyperventilated. We panicked a bit. We drank wine. We freaked out. We drank a little more wine…
We became “retired” overnight…
I guess that’s what you might call it. We were not old enough to officially “retire,” and we hadn’t been taking specific steps to do so. While we had spent a lifetime saving for retirement, and we knew we would be okay financially, we were unprepared for about a zillion changes that happen when you suddenly become retired. We had no time to consider how we would function living together 24/7. Or how our identities would be impacted. Or what steps we would take next.
We took some deep breaths and decided we needed an Encore
Neither of us was ready to completely hang it up, and neither of us wanted to start over or repeat what we had already been doing. And we both wanted to start living with a bit more intention and mindfulness. In other words, we also wanted to have more FUN! So, we decided to treat this as “an opportunity to reinvent ourselves.” And reinvent we have – A little bit of career, a little bit of travel, and a whole lot of self-discovery of our values and of how to make our daily lives align with those values.
An Encore Voyage is about our journey
I try to include posts about what we learned by being thrown into retired / work / travel togetherness. (Yep, I am, and always will be a teacher.) Once a week, I try to create some awesome quote that I’ve stumbled across so that I can keep fresh in my mind those aspects of our Voyage which are important to us. Sometimes I might just ramble on about some random nonsense that happens to occur to me. And because “soul-enhancing relationships” is one of our core values, I love connecting with fellow bloggers. If I could meet you, I’d buy you a latte, too!
So, click on over and check us out. We’re sort of flying by the seats of our pants, making it up as we go along, part retirees, part adventurers, part minimalists, always loving the journey and committed to our Encore Voyage. We invite you to voyage with us!
Lynn An Encore Voyage