It is another anniversary for Ralph Carlson Blog
It has been one year since I retired for the second (and last) time. It has been a time of growth, challenge, false starts, stumbles. Now I’m looking back over the year to PDCA my efforts. I started by looking at the year at Ralph Carlson Blog and discovered that this month marks the end of year two for the blog. When I started, I knew little about blogging. I thought I knew a lot because I had another blog for nearly two years before that. I had learned that I needed to host my own blog and the advantages of the WordPress environment. Over the year I learned that I didn’t know s*** about blogging but I’m a stubborn cuss and I pushed myself even when I didn’t know my goal or how to proceed.
What I learned this year
I learned that you don’t have to leave your house to find friends and mentors through the web and social media. I learned that buying courses doesn’t always make you successful and that stumbling blindly can sometimes get you places you never imagined. I learned that I do have a niche. I teamed up to do something I could never attempt on my own. I discovered that the advanced age of 70 years is as good a place to start an adventure as 21 – maybe even better.
Going forward, I expect that the next year will be amazing in ways I can’t begin to imagine. I have some plans and goals but I expect to stumble into things that are better than I am capable of understanding right now. This is my retirement lifestyle adventure but I hope that you will share yours and all grow together from the interchange.
Looking back over the year.
These are some of the posts from one year ago. I find them useful as a benchmark. Maybe you will enjoy them as well- particularly if you weren’t among the small but select audience at that time. Start with this post which reviews my first year of blogging. Then look at my mission from a year ago. Finally take a look at my personal development assessment at the mid year point. Yeah, I know its all about me but that is not the real point. I am just the lab rat. Maybe you can learn something from the rat without wasting your time, money and ego.
Finally, just for fun, last year I was doing Sunday posts for fun. They didn’t relate to retirement or lifestyle design but I thought they might attract some new readers or titillate the ones I had. Mid year I dropped them and nobody complained, but here are a couple of examples- funny inventions and things to do with a tape measure.