Early on, in our time of social isolation, a couple of different groups of my friends and family began to check in on each other via video conferences. These have been incredibly powerful. With many friends and family members living so far away, I wonder why we hadn't done this as groups before? One of… Continue reading Soul-Soothing Activities
Way back in January, when threats of the 'new Coronavirus' barely registered for most of us, Leanne Le Cras asked me to write a guest post for her blog. Her focus was on what positive things I had been doing in my 'second act' (aka, life post-50). Little did I realize at the time, that my answers… Continue reading Second Acts & Self-Reinvention
Thank you to author and blogger, Jill Weatherholt, for inviting me to play ‘Would You Rather.’ I encourage you to visit her site to check out not only my answers but the answers of other bloggers as well (some had me laughing for quite a while)!
I look forward to seeing you there!
Today, I’m excited to welcome fellow blogger, Donna Connolly. Many of you know her, but if you haven’t checked out her blog, I encourage you to do so. Not only does she write captivating content, she’s a wonderful photographer, too. I’m so happy our paths have crossed. Her sweet smile is guaranteed to brighten up any blog she visits. She’s here to play “would you rather.” I think you’ll enjoy her answers as much as I did. Welcome, Donna!
Would you rather live in the middle of nowhere, with no people or stores within a 10-mile radius, or live in a busy city?
I currently live in a small, oceanside town on Vancouver Island. V.I. was recently declared by CNN as one of the “top 20 places in the world to visit”. I (very biasedly) agree with their ranking.
Our small corner of this diverse area is…
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Richard and I recently celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. For months ahead of time, we began to imagine how we would commemorate this day. We initially considered seeing the Northern Lights in the Yukon Territories. At -17C (1.4F), what were we thinking? As winter began to decend upon us, we decided on an all-inclusive beach… Continue reading Why Celebrate Milestones?
Inspired by the many Thanksgiving posts out there, I decided to make my own A - Z Gratitude List (of sorts). To do this, I went through my recent camera roll. Here's what I found: Books & Book Clubs Family Grandchildren Holiday Celebrations Mahjong Retirement Four years and four months ago, I took a leap… Continue reading Gratitude and My Camera Roll
Six years ago, when I was a Middle School Principal, I bought this ink drawing at a silent auction run by my school in Beijing. I didn't know the artist but knew that she went to our Elementary School. I immediately loved her work. The following year, I was visiting a second-grade classroom when I… Continue reading Aaliyah Annie
More memories than words can express. As we celebrate our 19th Wedding Anniversary. Immensely grateful. For those who prefer prose, here's a throwback post that remains 110% true. https://retirementreflections.com/2016/01/21/a-love-letter/.
Thank you to Janis from Retirementally Challenged for inviting me to Guest Host on her site. It is an honour to be part of her first Guest Host Series. Since the weather is good and Mother Nature is in all of her glory, why not join me for a Spring Garden Tour on Vancouver Island?… Continue reading Please Join Me at Retirementally Challenged
Thank you to all who have cast their votes for the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards (ABBAs). Voting closes tomorrow, April 30 (midnight BST, 4 pm in Vancouver). There are nine categories for awards: Best Overall Blogger, Funniest Blogger, Most Inspirational Blogger, Most Informative Blogger, Best Book Review Blog, Services to Bloggers, Hidden Gem, Newcomer Blogger… Continue reading Thank You For Your Vote
'X' is for 'Xièxie' (谢谢). Since I lived in Beijing for fourteen years, it seems only fitting (and shamelessly convenient) to share my gratitude in Mandarin. Although participating in this challenge kept me hopping, the benefits were extraordinary. Heartfelt appreciation to the the A - Z Team. Founder, Arlee Bird (Tossing it Out) and co-hosts,… Continue reading A to Z Challenge: Day Twenty-Four – “X”