Happy New Year everyone,  I am back after a good rest.  I trust that you have also taken some time to replenish your energy reserves.  2020 left most of us feeling depleted, whether we are fully retired or working.  2021 has been ushered in with more of the same, though we all had high expectations of it being different.  Perhaps it will be better as we are no longer shocked by the changes and most of us have adjusted to a new way of living.

During the break, I completed my house and moved in.  There is still much to be done in the way of shelving, curtains, and sorting my space generally, but those will happen as and when I have the time and the money.  I have mapped out my garden space, but now the real work begins with preparing the soil.

I grew up on a farm where my mother managed a large vegetable garden, some chickens and a herd of dairy cows.  It has always been my dream to get back to living sustainably off the land.  Milking cows is not currently on my agenda, but yesterday I visited a permaculture farm nearby and came home all inspired about the mobile chicken coops that will condition my, as yet very hard, clay soil.

Some of my friends have suggested that I document my own life pivot in retirement, so I have decided to share some of it with you.  I do not want to bore you with all the details but will weave it into my chats about adjusting to retirement.

Over the holidays I had the Covid scare – a friend from Cape Town was here visiting family, we spent several hours catching up and two days later she became ill.  The time in isolation forced me to test my new friendships with requests to replenish my perishable food store and of course to stock up with vitamin C.  My family’s insistence on my being tested so they knew where they stood (I had spent Xmas day with them in Cape Town) meant I had to register with a doctor in the vicinity.  So, two more items crossed off the list of things to do when integrating into a new community.

Coming back to my coaching business and the marketing thereof has required a bit of a shove from behind and some firm inner talk.  Last year I had an excuse to put it all on the back burner as building and moving house twice gobbled all my creative energy.   But now I need to get back to earning – setting up gardens, I have discovered does not come cheap.  Even though I brought every last scrap of wood, fencing, gutter piping, sprinklers etc. that I had accumulated in my yard over the years, I am still going to need to dig deep.

This week I start a programme with the platform where I will be hosting my online courses on adjusting to retirement.  We will be working together to create online material as well as develop strategies to market the courses we create.  The past few years have taught me it is not about simply creating a course and putting it out there – my current course has had one nibble in 3 years.  So, it is back to the drawing board.

I hope some of this has inspired you if you have been a reluctant starter this year.  If not, you can contact me by simply replying to this email to discuss a couple of coaching sessions to put some energy back into your retirement or retirement plans.

Best wishes