Life after 50,  Motivation

2018: A New Year to Learn and Live with Passion

In early March, I began my 60th trip around the sun. It’s MY new year. Yup, I turned 60. We celebrated early by going to Nashville for breakfast and cocktails and then exploring the Country Music Hall of Fame.

As I looked at my calendar and began to fill in the days, I find my days full. I feel like I am busier now than when I was teaching high school and directing the school plays.

The greatest thing I see as my year begins to unfold is the opportunity to learn new things, to have new experiences, to explore new places, and to live life with passion.

*I am working to play the orchestra music for this season with competence and confidence. We just got an email detailing the music choices, the rehearsal dates, and the concert dates.

*I am working to develop a violin play list that I can bring out to the community. In addition, a friend of mine and I are preparing duets to play for Columbia’s First Fridays event.

*I am working to develop my blogging skills. I want to learn the technical aspects of blog design as well as being able to write a variety of posts.

*I am working on writing a novel with new vigor. I put aside the novel I had been working on because it had become a struggle. The change has given me new passion for writing.

*We have camping trips scheduled where we will explore our world, meet new people, enjoy grilling outdoors, and sit by the campfire.

*We are working to regain our health by getting regular exercise. In fact, we joined a gym about a month ago.

*We are working to eat with our health in mind.

*I am working on happiness and gratitude and trying to cultivate that in others.

*I am working on finding my purpose outside the day to day, week to week routine of teaching.

*I am working to cultivate passions in my life.

As I move forward with this blog, I am learning and sharing my journey to live life with passion and purpose. I have several projects and things to learn this year.

What new things are you planning to learn? Share with me in the comments below.

Thanks for reading.


As you move through your day-to-day activities and responsibilities, please remember to

Live Life –

Keep Things Simple –

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