So, yes, the photo suggests something waaaay more exciting, noble, and daring than my ‘new ventures’, but I liked the photo so there you go!
Retirement is still a reality and one of my interests, but I’ve drifted toward:
Anyway, I’ll probably be using retirerenew blog to post links to my other blogs, and a few other inspirations, since they’re all part of the ‘renewal and creative reinvention’ process.
An update sharing a link to the request so far.
Confession…I’m falling behind! Luckily, I have till the 22nd to get them in the mail.
If you do participate, why not create a quick word cloud highlighting that person’s special traits? Then print it out on the paper you’ll use for your letter.
My first response to the story linked below: Admiration.
Then: “And you think it’s a big deal when you roll a neighbor’s trash barrels in every Tuesday morning.”
Yep, seems I could be doing more in my spare time.
So, once I get past the shame and embarrassment [I’ll need coffee and a scone to help me along], I’m going to let these impressive kids inspire me to simply get more done.
AND…super citizen that I am, I’ll STILL roll in those trash barrels!
Time Magazine’s Kid of the Year
Yeah, life is a little wonky, even in retirement, but creating is still a great way to pivot out of the confusion and into something productive and helpful.
A few recent projects come to mind…
I enjoyed this fun I Wish They Had Told Me This Years Ago YouTube video by Julie of Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff.
If you’re interested in meeting more artists, check out the Cheap Joe’s Artspeak series.
Fellow folks on the retirement arc: I’m hoping these occasional posts nudge you forward in your creative pursuits, or nudge you forward to finding creative pursuits.
I subscribe to Seth Godin’s daily email and it just hit me that I’ve been squirreling away his wisdom when I should have been sharing it with you. Here are three items on creativity.
Hope you get a burst [a nudge, even] of inspiration.
Successful creatives are listeners and engagers.
Noodling is better than receiving feedback.
Love this piece by Jake Parker.
His three main reasons:
1. Personal fulfillment
3. Societal Enrichment
His last two lines are my favorites:
“That said, not everyone sets out to impact the world with their art, and that’s perfectly fine.
If a drawing puts a smile on your face, that’s reason enough.”