RETIRED, RELAXED & REIMAGINING THE POSSIBILITIES

Slice of Life 2020 – Day 1

Here I am back to blogging after a five year lapse. So many changes took me away from my passion for writing.

  • a grade change from kindergarten to fourth grade
  • our daughter moved back home after college to begin her own teaching career.
  • the whirlwind of following a highschool athlete’s schedule
  • my father passed away suddenly
  • my sister in law passed away six weeks later
  • the constant grind of a “doing” life instead of “living” life

These changes have also drawn me back to writing because I recently retired after thirty-three years of teaching and am discovering how to feel whole again.

  • Where am I going? 
  • How am I growing?
  • Who will I be next after 33 years as an elementary teacher?

The Slice of Life 2020 blogging challenge will take on a different role for my writing than it did while in the classroom as I reflect and make discoveries about my new retired life. As a teacher I modeled the writing life alongside my students, however conferring always seemed to take precedence and my own stories lay dormant in my notebooks.

About two weeks ago, feeling ready to tackle something new, I noticed through all the months of tidying up and decluttering (my house and my brain), my notebooks were waiting patiently among my most valued items from all my years of teaching. Inside my precious Writer’s Notebooks lay many seeds for writing, and I’m confident my daily slices will be be sown, watered, weeded, and grow for each of the daily challenges. I’ll be embracing SLO202 as my opportunity to pick up the pen and notebook once again.

I woke up today to do my morning yoga practice with Yoga with Adrienne to learn the theme for this new month just happens to be “CREATE.” Seems fitting!

Published by Patty Nault

Retired elementary teacher with a passion for reading, writing, and living a life full of curiosity. "Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder." -E.B. White

8 thoughts on “RETIRED, RELAXED & REIMAGINING THE POSSIBILITIES

  1. So glad you’re getting back into your writing life! I’ve been away from mine as well, for a little over a year, and I’m still not sure how much I’ll be able to be active this month, but it sure feels good to do what I can! It’s so easy to let life take us away from things we love, but it’s nice to know we can always come back when we are ready again!

  2. “…discovering how to feel whole again.” Wow. As a recent retiree of more than a third of a century of teaching, I think I can relate. And, now that spring is coming, I take my yoga mat outside as the sun is rising over the trees and houses. All the best to you in your writing adventure and in your self-care and reconstituting.

    1. Thanks for reading. Here in Wisconsin, it’ll be a while before there will be yoga outside. Lucky you! Thanks for all your years contributing to such an honorable profession.

  3. You look in the mirror one day and have no idea who you are anymore beyond the titles that reflect who you are to others. Finding your own self amidst the clutter life sometimes drowns one in is a journey. Picking up your pen is your lifesaver. It seems the universe is surely guiding you to get back on the writing horse – Welcome back!

    1. Thanks for reading Raivenne. I’m discovering the creative side of myself again, which was one of the main reasons becoming a teacher was such a great fit for me. Unfortunately, it’s easy to give more to being a teacher than you give yourself or your family. I’m enjoying to journey to find balance again.

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