Garbage Day, Mani-Pedi’s, and a guy named Kane

J Logo 75I find it quite appropriate today to be blocking out huge chunks of time for various life events all geared toward me moving forward. Suddenly, my world is full of a whole lot of uncommitted hours. Hours that are meant to be reserved for my Writing Life.

And how, you ask, is that working out for me? So far, so good. But, it’s only been two days since I’ve officially retired, so this new lifestyle is a monstrous work in progress.

Wouldn’t you know? Captain Bulldog has already blessed me with a chore he’s done the past several years. I’ll now be setting out the garbage for our weekly collections. Yeah, retirement is that glamorous. Ha!

Don’t think I haven’t been savagely protecting my newly earned ‘free time’. I do have my To Do List, starting with eliminating my house from an upcoming episode of Hoarders. Don’t judge, okay? A woman can only do so many things in any given day.

I had my priorities in order this past year, but things got away from me due to the day job, chairing my home chapter’s annual writing contest, and getting my debut novel published. Those things took the lion’s share of my time. Maintaining a semblance of family relationships sliced the remaining hours. So, keeping the house on the Better Homes and Gardens best dressed list had to go, along with regular mani-pedi and hair appointments.

What are the three top items on my new To-Do List?

  1. Write my own stuff: stories, blogs, and do a few critiques and edits along the way
  2. Get healthy: cut out junk, fix healthy meals, and exercise
  3. Reclaim the house: purge, organize, and clean

See that last item on number two? That’s where a guy named Kane comes into play. I signed up at the gym near my subdivision and he’s the trainer who will be guiding me along my Get Healthy Schedule. My goal is to get back into my size 10 blue jeans by this summer’s RWA national conference. It going to be a challenge, but I’m determined to be the very best I can be—even at this late stage of my life. Never too late, right? RIGHT.

Wish me luck. I’ll post updates every so often.

9 thoughts on “Garbage Day, Mani-Pedi’s, and a guy named Kane

  1. Jaye, I need to join you on the “get healthy” bandwagon. I’d like to be in my size 14s by conference. We can cheer each other on.
    P.S. I’m glad you’re settling into retirement. I keep thinking I’d love to quit the day job, but I’m half afraid that when I do, I’ll fritter away all that glorious writing time on … er … not writing. (I’m not saying Internet is evil, but …)

  2. Arlene, I know what you mean! I’ve been retired once before…but that was without a retirement fund. Those seven years we lived overseas was a huge learning tool for using my time wisely–or not. I’m determined to get it done better this go-round.

    I’d LOVE to team up with you on Getting Healthy! It’s better when there’s a support system in place. Let’s do this!

  3. I’m on that get-fit bandwagon, too. I want to be down 15 pounds or so by the conference. We can do it! And I think you and I might have been competing for a slot on Hoarders, so I’m with you on that one, too. I’ve gotten a lot better about not bringing more stuff in but I find it difficult to get things out. So let’s cheer each other on there, too. 🙂

    Congrats once again on your retirement. Enjoy every minute!! 🙂

    • Go, Maura, GO! I’m pulling for you on the good health AND the non-hoarders episode. I won’t say how bad my house has gotten, but it sure got the hind teet of time the past years. Left to my own devices, my house was always up for company. I married a man who’s not exactly a neat freak. In my case, the accumulation is more about never getting the chance to completely unpack when we moved in, and then bringing in both our parents things after they passed away. Yeah, it’s a bit of a gamble finding stuff–but I’m determined to pare things down. Just not all at once. [[laugh!]] We’ll both be better, brighter, and more beautiful this summer. Muah!

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