I have been "playing" with life over the past eighteen months.
I finally have the balance that I always wanted. A mixture of interacting with my new life and keeping up on social media. So I am not much on the social media and actually thought about deleting my twitter account!
I needed a time out. Social media can draw you in and have you not see the world around you. So, if you haven't "seen" me much it was on purpose. I am creating a new life and getting more time IN!
I used to say to my students - The true purpose of life was to work hard, so you can play. That is why when students finished a project I didn't give them MORE work to do, but allowed them to PLAY.
That is exactly what I am doing, playing!
Here's the list of play:
1. Started a Pickleball group that is over 200 members. http://pickledbd.weebly.com/
2. Created a website for the choir I am was honored to accepted into. http://www.thevillagevoiceschorus.org/
3. Playing golf three times a week, improved so much!!
4. Steve and I have a puppy! Caddie is a Cavalier King Charles Tri-color. She is amazing!
5. Moved my mother to Florida too!. She is five-minutes away from us.
6. Created a website for our "small" community within The Villages. http://knomesnation.weebly.com/
7. Spending time with our neighbors and finding new friends.
8. Tutoring at the neighborhood school once a week.
9. Spending lots of time with Steve!
and more importantly...
10. NOT WORKING!
It’s been four months since I completely retired. Well, actually I did present at Illinois Computing Educators in February, conducted a workshop in March, and completed a presentation for the Golden Apple Foundation in April. I had to ease into the retirement process, much like many of you will do too when you all retire.
Here are some things I have learned in these short four months:
DON’T over plan. Things will come to you.
Allow for lots of process time. I made a list of things I DON’T want to do, so the things I do want to do can surface.
I view one of the major problems in education today is that educators have allowed others who are NEVER in the classroom, like businesses, consultants, AND retired teachers. Many retired teachers want something to do, keep themselves busy, and think they are helping education. But, these retired teachers don’t realize that if they don’t have sharpest tech skills and don’t want to learn the new technologies, they are NOT helping. They are holding education BACK to when they taught.
So, I am turning my back on the education world because I love it that much. I am not part of what is going on in the classroom anymore, so I cannot comment or help a teacher in today’s world. Yes, I might have the tech skills, but I don’t have the hands-on experience. I actually taught my last class in June of 2011, then worked at a non-profit and continued with my consulting business. I knew I had a short shelve life before I would become stale. I now see myself stale and ready for new opportunities.
So, what am I working on? Well… I moved to another state six days upon retiring and to a new development and environment.
Here’s some updates:
I love not working and spend time on myself. I don’t feel selfish, but see it as the sweetest part of my life, with excellent health and process time to figure out my next move. I'll keep you updated on where the road will take me.
Carol Broos, upon completely retiring, moved to Florida to build a completely new life of simplicity through relationships, innovation, and passion (to play.)