Retiring is harder than it looks, and how I made the decision

by Angela Brooks

We as people get into a habit that becomes a routine which feels safe even if we don’t like the routine. We crave time off from our jobs, day dream about vacation, wish you had more family time, sick time, paid time. Not many people that I know go to bed each night so excited to get up the next day to go to a job.

The closer I get to actually setting the retiring date the more anxious I become. Which I found to be quiet odd since that is all my co-workers and I have talked and joked about for 20+ years.

The comfort zone of the routine.

There are people we spend an 8-12 hours a day with that outside of work – we would not even sit at the same table to have coffee, and may not even act as if we knew them.

Who you spend the most time with – you become the most like.

Did that scare you?

It should have. Time goes by so fast – a routine becomes so normal that we don’t feel the sand slipping through the hour glass.

Freedom we all crave. Scares people more than the routine of doing something everyday year after year.
I had to make a change and focused on a goal that seemed so far away. I didn’t think like the ones around me and I knew there was more out there for me. When I hear people say they have no options it makes my skin crawl knowing they really do.

Making the decision that causes you to step out of your routine is scary. Nothing will change until you do. I would like to help you begin your journey to0.

Come like my facebook page as the journey gets closer.

Angela Brooks is a retired nurse after 25 years in mental health. She used her lunch breaks to build her business part time on the night shift. Her car became a mobile university as she listened to business training, coaching calls on CD and phone webinars. She blogged while she was at her sons' baseball practices.

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