Wednesday, November 20, 2013

mail art from 2010
Before Retirement.....

Today: A brief explanation of my retirement. My history.


I worked 50 years, except for a few short years while my children were in school.


Near the end, I fought for retirement.  I had a difficult time getting my point across. And that was; It was time for me to get to do my thing before time ran out.  

I felt desperate. I was troubled that if I worked any longer, I might have used up all of my energy. I would have nothing left in me. I had already lived more years than either of my parents. It became about my own mortality. My sanity.


Just as I arrived at the edge and began to feel the resentment creep into my heart, it happened. We sold our business and retired.


Don't misunderstand. I worked many years with gratitude in my heart that we had a business and shared a good life and business 24/7, as they say. We are a good team. It was good.

mail art from 2010


Plus, there were perks at the desk in town. I found ways to make the best of being there. 

For one thing, if you have followed my blog, you know that I spent lots of time making art-at-my-desk. Usually, it was mail art, various art journals and altered books. Art at the desk was all about supplies and materials that would fit in my art-to-go bag. 



I started my retirement mid-September last year. 


Note: This is the second installment of  How the infusion of San Miguel may have effected me which started November 19th. 

19 comments:

  1. Hi Sharon, I am so curious - what was your business and by the way, I love your mail art!!!

    When I retired it was so good - I felt like I was suffocating - like my being knew it was time. I am so looking forward to the next chapter. xoxo

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    1. Sally, we owned an independent insurance agency for over 30 years. Yes, suffocating and serious burnout.

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  2. Hey Sharon - good for you!!! I say, start your retirement as early as you can - I did - lol! I think its great to fit in art when you can too - I totally have that attitude. You got to do it all along or you wake up one day and realize all that has passed in the blink of an eye.

    Love your art here and your art now!

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    1. Janet, you were so lucky to retire early. But I think the difference is that you had your own profession and what I was doing was never ever my profession. It was my livelyhood.

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  3. thanks for this next installment, Sharon. I do remember your art-at-the-desk concept from some of your courses and love the idea...

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  4. Love these pieces, Sharon. And this daily story you are telling. Actually, I can't wait for the next installment.

    "Retirement". That's what I think I'm in now, after 35 years of art fairs and gallery exhibits. But it's anything but actual rest. Life and all its complications continue.

    This is good stuff!!

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    1. Oh yes, it is "all its complications" that I was in denial about.
      Thank you

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  5. Happy Wednesday Sharon! And what do you see now that you have stepped through that door?

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  6. I had more to say but my typing froze up! I love the mail art you have shown here and think I may try some of my own. Look out!

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  7. I love this! it appears that there are many out there, that are newly retired or soon to be (me yes, at the end of the school year). there is so much more to the words "retirement" than most know, eh? this is such fun listening to you!

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    1. Congratulations on your soon to be retirement. You will be thinking about it all year long. I know.

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  8. Congratulations, Sharon. I so relate to this. I had waited what seemed like forever to retire. I've been retired almost seven years, and I've truly loved every single minute of it. Lots of time to do what I want when I want!!!

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  9. Hi Sharon - I can totally relate to that suffocating thing on the job. So glad you took the leap and rescued your sanity!!! Can't wait for the next post!

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  10. beautiful Sharon
    you are shining!

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  11. I love your mail art, Sharon! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and feelings with us.

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  12. This is a test … to see if I can post.

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