Thank you for always reminding me that I am the author of my story. I can edit and revise it anytime I wish to. I remember watching a video with Kyle Cease where he had these people have a conversation with him a year from now after having made the decision to follow their dreams, so I was thinking, what if I wrote you notes as if it were a year from now, five years from now, and maybe 10 years from now telling you how amazing my life is. So today I am going to begin the journey by telling you what my vision for the next 10 years looks like. If this is indeed where you are guiding me, I know we will be there.
August 4, 2018
Life is so good. I am taking a break from all the sessions and activities at my first Pampered Chef conference. It has been amazing to have met so many people and to have been able to cross stage as an Advanced Director with so many of my team members in the audience. It is awesome that this summer, for the first time in decades I am not worrying about how I am going to make it through the summer financially. I am finally done writing my book and have it all ready to go to the publisher. So, thank you for an awesome year. It was not always easy, but I know that everyone joined in their own time and you put everything in place where it was supposed to be. I am grateful for reminding me to claim pre-designated writing times and so going in the other room really helped me. It also helped to start a spiritual writing group that met here monthly to talk about tour progress.
August 4, 2022
I made it through to 65 and chose to semi-retire from teaching and now I have more time to devote to my writing and to my life. I am grateful for the time with Zoe, the time to go on vacations together and the improved health which allows me to do so. I am excited to be able to travel more because of the accessible van and the chance to be out in the world again. It is like I envision coming out of jail after having been imprisoned for a long time. It has not always been easy, but it has been so worth it. I loved teaching, but it was my time to go. This last year I was able to take my salary and put it all in savings and that was a nice thing to be able to do. If I can do this for a few more years I will be able to completely retire and have money to fall back on. Life is good. The book is finally published and selling well. With the new van, I am able to do speaking engagements and that is scary and exciting at the same time. Life just keeps getting better and better.