What are the secret's? forum: Letting go was easy! Now what?

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Sep 27, 2011 11:09 AM CST
My husband and I retired easy but not by choice but by this economy. We planned an early retirement by THINKING we knew everything there was to survive in a new area. We have blundered and plundered with what we thought would be our eventual retirement haven which is true hell. The grasshoppers eat what we try to grow, the summer burns up what the grasshoppers have missed in the garden beds, what's left- the bears get. Did I forget to mention the mosquitoes?
We live in the Everglades in SW Florida. I have thought of many enterprising ideas to make a living but my husband and I are on totally different wavelengths. I'm wondering if he is still looking for that proverbial money tree.
I think the secret to retiring successfully with no fear is to look around you and see what you have to work with and go for it.
Like Sugarweed! She's my hero!
I think letting go gives you the freedom and the gump to move forward and get out of that stagnant comfort zone. Don't get me wrong- I LOVE that comfort, no-fear zone but there would have always been that yearning to "see what's on the other side of the fence". I now have no regrets at growing old, I let go!
Instead of hating this place, I am trying to stand back, see the beauty and embrace that. I am building a website for "Our Journey"--lifeintheglades.com to try and make the best of this.
I hope the "SECRET" will be success!
Sep 27, 2011 11:11 AM CST
Let me try to load my pic here...It wouldn't load with my reply....
Nope- can't load my pic! Sorry!
Sep 27, 2011 12:58 PM CST
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Here is a beautiful pic from Sugarweed of our neck of the woods!
Thanks for your help, Dave!
Sep 27, 2011 1:05 PM CST
One more of me with an unwelcomed guest. Not a pic I ever in my life thought I would "star in" but life is always a surprise for me.
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Nov 3, 2011 6:59 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
What a gorgeous sunset....!!!!

Sad I didn't see this post earlier...it IS an interesting subject and one that affects all of us (IMHO) at one time or another.

Even in ''ideal" conditions there is always change....(thank goodness). DH and I are both 71...retired to go sailing for 6 years and then retired again. Where/how we live is certainly different from my expectations - (did I mention the mosquitos?) and I've run into more brick walls than I ever thought possible! Yes...I have lowered my expectations and hopefully can give them up entirely (Let Go of Expectations)...it's hard.

What were we thinking when we bought 6 acres in a Rain Forest? What were we thinking when we bought another 6 acres giving 12 to plant/weed/feed/prune etc? I have never been so frustrated!!! like trying to force a cinderblock thru a garden hose! I just keep looking for larger hoses!!!

I have come to believe that it is our 'expectations' that get us in deep kimchee - .

What do you think?
Leap. The net will appear.
Jan 8, 2012 10:29 AM CST
Name: Sidney, Zone 9A and 9B
Okeechobee, Fl
Giving Audubon Sanct. Tours Soon.
Wow ladies,
What a thread. Yes expectations are hard to let go of for sure.
I have a room waist deep in fabrics in Jax, expecting to make quilts with.
I have finally quit buying fabrics, but I still buy jewelry making supplies.
And I am now mostly residing in a 350sq ft motor home in S. Fl.

I came here to give tours of the Audubon Sanctuary on Lake Okeechobee.
I purchased a really nice total electric pontoon boat with a stiff canopy made of solar panels and a motor home via eBay.
As it turns out this 700sq mi lake has a great deal of wind and my canopy acts as a horizontal sail. I still haven't made it to the AS, but I am okay with that. This year I will learn how to use my Garmin marine GPS and will be more gutsy about aiming for getting there.
I am ever so grateful that an income from these things is only extra.
I am still enjoying them and am thrilled I am where I am.
Carol Aloha, when my DGM got on in years she let someone else farm for her and took a percentage of the crop. Maybe it's time for letting go in that direction.
Carol Cyber, how are things going? Please call me if you can, in fact I'll try to call you.
I am now looking for a home on the Kissimee River. Closer to the AS and big enough for my fabric and a sewing studio.
The difference between adventure and adversity is attitude. Be positive, be happy.

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