Just a typical retirement lifestyle weekend!

Catch up Monday

Monday finds me resting up from a busy weekend. No time for posting. No time for finishing work in progress. There isn’t even time to catch a breath. It’s not the vision of retirement lifestyle that most of us  expect but it is what can happen when you try to push the envelope and grow. The weekend was busier than is typical but now that it is over, I’m pleased that I did it all. 

It started off with a San Francisco day trip on Friday. It’s been six months since our first exploration and way overdue. We spent the morning walking Chinatown and North Beach and ended the day with oysters and drinks at the Embarcadero before catching the 4:30 ferry back home. Saturday, my wife took a riding lesson and I had a business seminar. Sunday I traveled back to San Francisco on BART for a WordPress Wordcamp. Quite a marathon!

It was worth it. 

Looking back over the weekend, it is hard to take it all in. Each day was working a facet of my lifestyle plan for retirement. The different elements of that plan don’t usually rub together so tightly. This intensity of activity is something I try to avoid because it stresses me out but last weekend it all fell together and I got it all done. This intensity of activity normally makes me uncomfortable. This weekend went so fast that I didn’t have time to think about it. I think I’m finally pushing past that barrier.

If you aren’t getting better- you’re getting worse. 

Life mastery is part of my of my retirement lifestyle plan. For me this means identifying the important elements that I want to have and then doing what it takes to make them happen. No more making excuses or deferring activity. The day trips to San Francisco to explore the richness of that city is a start but over time, longer trips to places far away. Business activity to generate more income to make those trips longer and more comfortable. Finally improving my communication skills- particularly as they relate to blogging. It all came together for me this weekend.

I’ve been letting the fun with my wife slip and that is just wrong. It’s the reason I have this retirement lifestyle project and if it is not part of my current lifestyle then the plan is a failure which is why we went. It has been too easy to postpone and the excuses had to stop. I made the commitment and we went. The other events were uncontrollable. I’d made the commitment and so I followed through.

But Blogging? 

It turns our that the real stretch for me was Wordcamp. I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know what I would learn. I wasn’t even sure if it was worth the six hour commute but I have been using the WordPress platform for over two years now, long enough to take its power for granted. I felt that Wordpess bloggers were pushing the envelope and represented the best of the field. If I wanted to push my blogging abilities , I needed to attend.

Come back for part 2.

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  • Bill Murney August 16, 2011, 5:56 am

    Ralph, it’s great to read about how the affluent live.

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  • Ralph August 16, 2011, 7:27 am

    Actually Bill we didn’t spend much money on that day trip. The biggest expense was the drive to the ferry and the ferry itself. We could have avoided more expense by buying food and eating it on the Embarcadero instead of a restaurant. Sure it costs something to do these things but staying home costs money too. I’ve always envied people who live with style. It takes way more than money and some people have style on the cheap. I’d like to master that skill.

  • hansi August 17, 2011, 4:37 am

    Wow…sounds like a fun-filled weekend. I wanna know more about Wordcamp. I’m going fishing with my buddy tomorrow, so there will be no blogging for me.
    I’m finding that the better at blogging I become, the worst (wurst?) I am.
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    • Ralph August 17, 2011, 7:42 am

      Check the links and watch for a Wordcamp Los Angeles. Then, of course, Blog World will be in LA this year. It is pricier but I believe it is much more focused on blogging per se- and the big name bloggers attend.

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