The beginning of a plan. A dream. An idea who's time has finally come. Or rather, the countdown has come. lol
I have had BIG CREATIVE IDEAS my whole life, and have wished for a job or career that best uses my creativity. This was always in the works, somehow, someday. A 'second job' perhaps, or waiting until retirement...
And over the holidays (2015-2016), along with a changing of the calendar, came this radical plan. And it started with the counting of the days.
I'll be the first to admit that I have put others' needs before my own at times in my life, and raising my kids was priority numero uno. But my nest is empty, and what will be my next step? Shall I look within my current employer for something more creative? Not a lot of creative jobs there, and it would still be someone else's job, Not completely my own.
I remembered years ago a fellow employee quit, but she was 55, so it was a 'retirement'; our employer has an early retirement program that kicks in at 55. So I got out a calendar, scratched off the paid holidays, and counted. How many days until my 55th birthday?
Nine hundred and ninety-one. Hmmm. That does seem doable. It's less than a thousand. And it gives me time to get my ducks in a row, and figure out exactly what I'm gonna do! I'm going to (to use a Jackie Kashian phrase) make my job out of whole cloth.
And my Fifty-Fifth Birthday falls on a Friday. How perfect is that?
So my adventure is underway. My last day of "Work" will be December 20, 2019, my Future is 2020.
And it's been a couple months since I made this first calendar, wondering how to count down best from 991, including the overlay of OSB to show I'm not going to be rigid, Or Something Better...
It's life after all, no one knows what's around the corner. It's all an adventure.