Why now?

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It’s Wednesday morning and I’m sitting here blogging even though there are dishes in the sink that need washing and laundry that needs to be done. Am I procrastinating? Nope not at all. I’m choosing to first share some time with you before the day’s activities start.

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Usually I sit down with a pretty clear idea of what I will write about but this morning I’m just winging it . Am I keeping your attention? Not really? Ok fair enough, let’s see if I can add something that may be of interest.

The title of my blog today is “Why Now?” This is in reference in why I am choosing at this point to retire, change gears and start a new chapter in my life.

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First of all, this isn’t the first time I have checked out of my current reality. In 2003, I left my home state of Illinois, a company I had worked at for almost 20 years and my family of grown children and grandchildren.

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Why did I do that? I often felt like a 5th wheel at social events and just drifting along day to day. My dad died that year, my company was downsizing and Dave offered me a place to land. I needed to grow personally, so I came to Colorado, where nobody but Dave knew me and began the process of finding out who the true Edie is.

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I have really been lucky to have found in Dave, a kindred spirit who has encouraged my artistic side. Photography has always been one of my passions but Dave is the one who taught me how to grab what I see and put it on paper.

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I also found a job that has allowed me to work with flowers and be creative.

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The administrative and physical side of being a floral manager in a supermarket is beginning to take its toll. The flower arranging and filling the wishes of the customers I serve are the good part. The heavy boxes of plants, tending a Christmas tree lot and attending meetings are the things I won’t miss. In a few days I will turn 65 and my knees feel every step I take. ┬áSo I’m checking out once again.

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Am I financially ready to take this step? No, not really but I will, again with Dave’s help meet those challenges as they arise. We are both getting older and there are so many things to be done while we still have the strength to do them.

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So it’s time to turn the page, get off the couch and seize the day!

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