By Ellen Dudney
(Ellen served with the Pregnancy Resource Clinic in Springfield from 2008 through 2018, beginning as a Nurse Manager, then leading as Executive Director from 2011-2018.)
Yes, Virginia, there is life after the working!
I do not like the word “retirement”. It focuses on things ending, but it says nothing about the future. And, it makes me sound old – which I most certainly am not!
How about if we call it “transition” instead. After all, I’m still the same person, with the same skills, interests, and passions – I’ll just be pursuing these in a different way, as will you.
The following Transition Tips have helped me to focus on the future and living well with purpose:
As for me, I am finding blessings in more family time, volunteering at the Pregnancy Resource Clinic, serving in ministry at my church, catching up on household projects, and having time for exercise, crafting projects and travel! My husband and I laugh with each other, and treasure this time!
“Don’t Waste Your Life” is my mantra as I make decisions for how I will live. These are the best years yet! They can be yours too!
Lavern & Ronda Nissley are co-directors of Encompass. Married since 1978, both enjoy coffee, riding their tandem bicycle and working together to build strong relationships.