How often do you enjoy well-deserved respite?

How often do you enjoy well-deserved respite?

I have just returned from a week in the Lake District.  Before I set off, I was feeling stressed and bombarded by tasks I needed to complete.  However, once I arrived at my destination, things began to change rapidly. Everything was so peaceful.  Tranquil lakes,...
When did your inner child last come out to play?

When did your inner child last come out to play?

One of the things that I am beginning to notice as I follow the Artist’s Way for Retirement is a sudden, unexpected playful response to certain things. At Easter, a friend and I were wandering around an indoor shopping centre to escape the cold, grey world outside. ...
To plan, or not to plan?

To plan, or not to plan?

The Artist’s Way for Retirement aims to bring structure and purpose to the life of the retired person.  Inevitably, when faced with a structured approach to anything, there is the potential temptation to plan everything rigidly in your diary.  This can bring a certain...
Seeking Creativity and Meaning at Fifty Plus

Seeking Creativity and Meaning at Fifty Plus

Immediately after taking early retirement from work in late 2010, I was faced with the loss of my mother, who died suddenly after a long illness.  My father had died the year before.  Aged 51, I found myself at the start of a journey for which I had no route map.  I...