I left the building at 10:30 and my co-workers accompanied me to my car and carried the last of my bags. Do you think they wanted to be sure I left? (LOL!!) It was actually so nice of them to do that as I know so many people that have just walked themselves out the door. I felt like I left on a high that would be hard to come down from.
I must admit as I drove away I did not look back. I pulled over down the street and texted a few people to let them know I was done and drove immediately to the gym. I figured a good workout would help with the energy levels. Then I headed off to work at my other business.
Turned out to be a day to meet new people and make some new connections for my other business which I had not really thought about. I guess in a few weeks I'll have to decide if I want to grow my other business - a decision I had not thought I would be thinking about this year.
I had a wonderful dinner Tuesday night with several long time friends to celebrate my retirement. It was fun to see my first boss and his family including his grandson. As well as dear friends that have been in my life for a long time. It was a wonderful evening.
My big news for the week: I went to an adventure park and completed an obstacle course and two zip lines. Yes for someone afraid of heights I gathered my courage and did it. I will admit I was nervous and scared, but before each obstacle I took a deep breath and did it. I paid close attention in the safety briefing and followed each step (you know me I follow the rules). There were five levels and to be honest I only completed the first level, but I'm good with that. I even tried helping a young person that was having a really hard time and could not move forward. She finally turned around and went back and I did think to myself, nope, I won't do that! I have to admit I am so PROUD of myself for completing the one section. My 15 year old buddy Brock completed four of the five segments - he definitely made me proud. I was exhausted when we got home and did end up taking a nap. I think the heat wore me out (no worries I drank lots of water). We completed horseback riding today. So I am having fun and kicking back. Learning to stay in bed later than 4:00 am...that's the hard part.
I had a few epiphanies this past week as I really thought about how far I have come not just professionally, but personally/physically. You will see from the slideshow below that I have gome from red hair to white hair and extremely heavy to a bit healthier. If you roll over the picture you will see a caption regarding timeframe.
It has taken me two days to put this blog together as I did not want to get too mushy, but wanted to acknowledge a major life transition for me. I have no regrets in my life, sure a few things I would have done differently now that I have the wisdom to look back. My career was one hell of a ride and I met lots of people along the way many of which will continue into the future with me!
Also, heard some very positive comments on the new website - thank you so much for signing up and noticing the changes. Thank you to Thomas who designed and plotted and listened to me when I was confused and wanted to get it right.
Take care. Hope you enjoy this blog - I'm sure it was all over the place. Chat soon. Marie