Life After Retrenchment

So how are you enjoying retirement? And what are you doing with your time?

I have been deliberately keeping myself very busy. I don’t wish to retire right now and I am hoping fervently that the universe is hearing me! Perhaps in five years time, but not now.

Last week I immersed myself in an entrepreneurship training program. The aim of the program was to get us to think like entrepreneurs and to give us the information, the tools and the confidence to start our businesses.

Last week my company TalkingSpot was registered. The TalkingSpot is all about providing a safe space to talk about what is holding you back from achieving your goals and to ultimately provide you with the tools that you need to help yourself.

This week all the activities to brand my business is taking place. My company’s logo is being designed, my business card templates are being produced and I am having professional photographs taken for my eCommerce website.

All very exciting stuff!

Two of my ex-colleagues from the bank who were also on the entrepreneurship training are running a vision board program over two Saturday mornings. I spent a delightful morning last Saturday thinking about my limiting and empowering beliefs and crafting my vision. The venue is in the middle of an indigenous plant nursery which somehow encouraged clarity of thinking.

Some of you may remember that I started a 21 day walking challenge. I’m afraid that came to a sudden halt when I twisted my ankle although I did manage to walk for ten days in a row before the ankle protested. I am hoping that I will be able to start again this weekend.

So what else have I been doing? Oh yes! I helped my daughter to setup a kanban board. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the tool, kanban is a way of managing the flow of work. And if there are bottlenecks in the flow, these will become apparent using the tool. It’s pretty simple really and is one of the tools that I will provide to my coaching clients.

And after a month of feasting, I am finally back on my 16:8 intermittent fasting lifestyle. I have found it more difficult to keep to the fasting period while being at home as my daughter eats three meals a day. But it is up to me to just get on with it and I have had three successful days in a row now. I recently read about the OMAD IF approach. The plan is to eat one meal a day within a one hour period and to eat a nutrient dense meal. Perhaps I’ll make that an occasional goal.

Seeing that I am spending more time at home despite being so busy, I have also cooked a couple of meals myself. This means that we are also spending less on takeouts. And the food is a whole lot healthier.

Last but not least, I have spent more time with family and friends. Next month I intend to catch up with people in my network so that I can start to spread awareness of my business. I know that there is a big need out there, the trick is to let people know that I exist.

Wish me luck ☺️

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