It’s official – on Tuesday 31st July I will be leaving work – (notice I say leaving not retiring) for at this point I am not sure what my immediate future holds, and also notice I say immediate future as my working life at 64 is becoming increasingly shorter.
So at present I am saying goodbye to all my colleagues and everything I have known for the last 19 years… to venture into the unknown.
I am not able to draw on my state pension until May 2020 – so a while to go yet and it will be a challenge to see if we can survive on just the pension of DH. His first instalment has just been deposited in our bank account. I think we have paid out bigger bills!
I can’t even believe we have reached pensionable age – it has come round quicker than expected. What happened to all those years that used to stretch ahead of us and are now behind us? Do I sound a little scared – I could easily be if I sat and thought about it too much.
I have a number of alternative opportunities at this point, other than just to retire. I have been approached by one or two people to work within the Legal Aid sector that I know and love but remotely from home (I quite like the idea). But and this is a big but, I do want to have some quality time for myself to do all the things I am passionate about – gardening – crafting – painting, and some time just to be rather than to do and I want to do all these whilst I am generally still fit and able.
So lots of decisions to make and lots of challenges ahead of which I will no doubt keep you posted along the way. Any tips or advice welcome.
Apologies for anyone trying to leave a comment recently and thank you to the people who have hijacked other bloggers commenting page to get a message to me. It seems that WordPress Twenty Seventeen theme that I chose is not comment friendly so I have now switched themes – so I hope this solves the problem and I would love to hear from you if you would like to try again.
On the same note there are a number of blogs mainly on Blogger that I used to comment on that have recently changed and only allow Google account uses now for comments and I cannot sign into mine. I would love to leave you a comment if you could adjust your comment drop down to include the ‘Name/URL’ version.
So that is all the technical stuff taken care of and I am now about to run around in a frenzy trying to pack to go up to the cottage for a couple of weeks. The weather sounds good and I am sure our jungle of a garden up there will need quite a bit of attention. I am also hoping for a trip out on the Waverley paddle steamer – one of my favourite holiday treats.
Back soon x