Category Archives: RETIREMENT

Haiku Journal Day – Day 211 Deflated Balloons

With every day,
my balloon deflates some more;
A Soul sucking job.


Temp to Permanent Solutions

I’ve been researching sabbatical and not finding as much as I’d like to find on the topic. Most people have stories, but have not shared.

Today has been all about connecting and networking. All it took was looking up the word sabbatical on social media platforms and I was able to find only a couple of people in my life that have done it. One was my step sister and the other is my accountant. My step sister only took 6 weeks, but my accountant actually figured out a way to make a major life shift and it sounds a lot like what I’m looking for. So now I’m working on connecting with her today to have an organic conversation about how she was able to achieve her dream. And I texted with my step sister and found out that she had a few good tips as well. There definitely will be more to come on this topic in this blog.

Haiku journal day 206 – Quiet and Alone

Alone time, at last.
Recharging in the quiet.
I know me, you don’t.

I don’t need worry,
Only a conversation.
Imperfect balance.

Do I really love?
Or do I crave approval?
I’m in the briars.

Can’t find my way out.
I am always being poked.
I want to be calm.

Mom, boss, or husband,
I do not trust your motives.
You are all the same.

Life Class 1 0 1
Lean into the joy

What is holding me?
Not being grateful for time.
What am I thankful?

The Days After Christmas

Soon the new year starts, so now’s a great time to:

1. Wipe the slate clean.

2. Focus upon what you really want.

3. Chart your course.

Or, is that a bit old school? Feels tiring? …

How about an adventurous alternative:
1. Give thanks that your life is exactly as it is.
2. Decide that 2018 will be the happiest year of your life yet.
3. Every day, follow your heart and instincts down new paths.

This will be your year –

The Universe

P.S. You really are READY. And your beautiful vacation home is ready for you.

Source: A Note From The Universe

Twas the days after Christmas,
And all through the house,
Mom was still here, and chores all around.

Each morning, we sip on coffee, admiring the fire. The pups lied next to it until sun arrive.

It’s easy not to be grateful for many things we have. In fact, it’s easy to be irritated, instead.

But being grateful is key. It’s that simple, yet not always easy.

Practice makes perfect. Create the routine. Or your desires will never truly be seen.

Diary of a future escape artist

When your employees are focused on the wrong things, productivity goes way down. The biggest reason is because they are focused on managing their emotions rather than focusing on productivity. So as an employee, how do I overcome these feelings?

I’ve been a long-standing leader in my group and even helped write many of the policies. Because I’ve written those, I try very hard and take pride in it that I follow the rules. But the rules are betraying me right now and I don’t know how to manage my emotions around it. The entire exercise has revealed how valued I am. People are doing things lately out of obligation to me and not because they genuinely value my contributions. They panic because they’re afraid my contributions will be removed (aka I quit), so they are motivated by the wrong reasons to appease my emotions. And that frustrates me.

I’m tired of the corporate rat race. I’m tired of the hamster wheel. I’m tired of helping other people with their agendas and not being valued for my contribution of achieving those agendas. I want to write my own agenda.

I know the basic tricks to leave this rat race, but they are difficult to execute. It takes patience and forward momentum that is difficult to navigate. You get bored easily and frustrated easily. Today I am at the height of emotional distress with my body and it’s exasperatingly the frustrations. My goal for the day is to lay low and not show my face . Because if I do, I’m going to be an emotional mongrel and continue to force people to manage me by my emotion instead of by the valuable work that I do.