Retirement Transition and Change

Journal Entry #3 by Barbara Beizer

By October 18, 2009 No Comments
(This is the third installment of Barbara’s journal sharing her insights and experiences as she approaches retirement. To read the first installments, click here. )

I am consulting part time now.

Having left my corporate job of 20 years, I am loving, I mean wallowing in the joy of being on my own.  Liberated from performance reviews, freed from building “project decks”, and lifted out of the horrid drag of corporate stress, I am able to dedicate all my energy and whole self to clients and their opportunities and challenges. 

When I left my company, I didn’t really know what would become of me.  How good could I be on my own?  Who would hire me?  For what?  I over-scheduled myself with activities – weekends away with friends, workshops, trips, anything so I wouldn’t wind up on my couch watching Oprah and Dr. Oz every day, eating bon-bons and not even knowing I was depressed. 

My friends laughed at me.  Never, they said.  They know me so much better than I know myself.   My husband says I don’t know how NOT to work.

Some of my work is for my old company.  Being able to say yes or no, choosing only those projects I want to do for clients I love, is sheer heaven.

The rest of my work is for non-profits that have asked for my help – everything from talking on transition topics to strategic planning consulting.

I didn’t even have to start my own business.  I have no partners, no associates and no bottom line.  A vendor I know lets me do a pass-through arrangement for a mutually agreed upon percentage of my take. 

Not that I don’t have colleagues – other professionals and friends who represent a wide range of disciplines – with whom I get together, work with and learn from.  They are indispensible to my success and well-being.

My fears of becoming a depressed couch-potato are only real to me, and I’m relieved to report, these have receded significantly.  Now I get to worry about syncing up calendars on my pc and i-phone (not easy), when to see my grandchildren and when to fit yoga into my life. 

I hope this lasts!

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