I am busily getting ready for my trip: One week at a Holistic Nurse Retreat called Find Your Zen: A Renewal and Leaning Adventure in Costa Rica. Then I’ll fly to Puerto Rico to join my son Sid and his fiance Melissa and her parents for a cruise in the Southern Caribbean, where Sid and Melissa will get married by the Captain of the ship. I’m so glad they serendipitously chose my semester break to schedule their wedding. It would have been a challenge to get away from my job.
Speaking of jobs, I love my job as associate professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing. Students are so smart, friendly, professional, and eager to learn. Faculty are enthusiastic, supportive, and love the students. I am at the right place at the right time for me right now. So… what’s my next step?
I feel that it is time to take a look at how I want to spend this new chapter in my life. I’ve been working on small goals, like learning to cook, getting enough exercise, eating better, but what about the big picture? Is there something I want to dedicate the rest of my years to? What do I want to know? What do I want to do? Who do I want to be?Steve and I were just barely starting to discuss what we would do in our retirement years, and now that he’s gone, I need to take a long look at what’s next. Right now I think I would like to spend time in service to others. But how will that look? I’m hoping that the retreat in Costa Rica will give me the opportunity to really do some deep digging. I don’t want to just let life go by. I want to be focused and thrilled and excited and happy and make a difference. Bring it on!