Did you know…2019 is The “Year Of The Vegan?”

th-6According to “The World in 2019”, a special edition magazine from Forbes magazine, 2019 has been declared the “year of the Vegan”. According to the article, the interest in Veganism is rising, with a quarter of 25- to 34-year-old Americans declaring to be vegans or vegetarians.”

Well, good for them I say, but the shift to vegan/vegetarian is a life style that many older adults are also embracing. Personally, I’m very happy to hear this since I’ve been working very hard to embrace a more plant based diet

My reasons for becoming a vegetarian are for the multiple health benefits: reduce the risk of diseases, maintain weight, slow down the aging process and live longer. It also makes economic sense. Of course, others may have varying reasons to adapt the lifestyle.

The transition from carnivore to meatless can be a gradual process, and there are many ways for people to embrace a vegetarian life style. The truth is people who follow a vegetarian dietary style can eat everything they want. The difference is that people who identify as vegetarians choose not to eat certain things.

I’ve tried lacto-ovo-vegetarianism. I did not eat beef, pork, poultry, fish, shellfish, or animal flesh, but did eat eggs and dairy products and of course all of the vegetables and fruit that I craved. Lacto-ovo vegetarians are the most common kind of vegetarian.

Currently, I’m currently a pescatarian which is eating fish and other seafood.  This is becoming a more popular form of vegetarianism and a stepping-stone to a fully vegetarian diet.   My diet consists of mainly vegetables, grains, fruit, and nuts.

You don’t have to be vegetarian to love vegetarian food. The term “flexitarian” describes a person who is a semi-vegetarians or who eats a mostly vegetarian diet but occasionally eats meat.

Another form is Vegans, people who do not eat meat products of any kind including eggs, dairy products, or processed foods containing those or other animal-derived ingredients.

You may ask yourself why go vegetarian. When provided with an opportunity to live a healthier life… my question is why not?

img_0829                                                                                                                        My New Years Eve meal of Curried Vegetarian Black-Eye Pea , sweet potato and cornbread.

To Meet or to Meet up?

meetup-logo-script-1200x630Prior to my retirement, I was an educator.   Those who don’t teach cannot imagine the amount of meetings teachers may attend in a day. For example, in the last two years of my employment, my school held daily meetings. We met for team meetings; collaborative planning meetings, department meetings, parent/teacher meetings, Data Analysis meetings, IEP Meetings, committee meetings, and the list goes on.

Always a source of contention for me, I acquiesced and attended them, especially since they were in my contract.   I must say that there were times when the information delivered during the daily 45 minute to an hour meetings was beneficial. However, what I enjoyed was the camaraderie and interaction with my fellow co-workers. For the most part, we were a school “family.” We shared “ah, ha” moments, quizzical expressions when something stated during the meeting made no sense, and after the meeting “what was that” discussions.

It took me a few weeks into retirement to realize that I really missed the meetings.   Actually, what I missed was the relationships fostered, and connection to my former co-workers/friends, many that I’d worked with for more than 8 years. While happy in retirement, I had a feeling of disconnect!

Not having the daily connection compelled me to investigate ways to fill the void, toreplicate, or reconnect to a group of people in some form or fashion. Realizing that there were probably women with the same or similar desire, Living Our Best Lives Meet up Group was created for drama free, 50+ females who want to continue to bloom where we’re planted was formed on January 3. To date there are 50 members, with a wait list.

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Thrift Shop Connoisseur Haul of the Week

I love fashion, and finding designer/brand name items at below discount prices. My weekly trip to my favorite thrift store has netted me designer vintage bags, beautiful cashmere sweaters and scarves, designer shoes and boots for scant dollars.

As a ’seasoned” thrift shopper, my closet runneth over, and I can’t keep all the goodies to myself, or at least that’s what I have to convince myself from time to time. To this end, I’ve been able to let go of some of my finds, and I’ve been able to turn my addiction to finding excellent bargains into a venture that provides extra income. https://poshmark.com/closet/bzriley

This past week’s thrifting was exceptionally good. I found a pair of Jimmy Choo Youth Suede Biker Boots regularly priced at $995 for $22, and a Jay Herbert Black quilted suede leather chain should bag c1980 for $12 which retails at $295.

Now the dilemma…do I keep them or sell them?



Helping Students Develop a Growth Mindset



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The view from my bed!

When I moved into my new house five years ago, one of my first purchases was a decal of my favorite inspirational quote “Nothing Can Dim the Light that Shines from Within,” by Maya Angelou.

Upon receipt, I placed it in my bedroom, and it’s the first thing that I see upon awakening.

The quote is the mantra that I strive to live by. To me, the quote means to remain centered, focused and determined to assure that my inner flame remains brightly lit. The light to me is a metaphor for motivation. It is a constant reminder that I must nurture it both internally and externally, and fuel it with clean eating, positive thoughts, actions and deeds. Properly cared for, my inner light doses not allow people, conditions, or circumstances to extinguish the intensity and glow from within.


Ok, I’m retired – so what now?

It’s been 7 months since I’ve been liberated!   I’m still in the honeymoon phase which some say can last from several months to a year. Rather than say I’m retired, I choose to say that I’ve retooled, rebooted, reimagined and reinvented my purpose and myself. From the moment I signed my release from full time employment, I didn’t see myself in a state of retirement. Free from planning lessons, grading papers, attending boring staff meetings, I envisioned myself as embarking on something different that would allow me to explore unexamined areas.  My departure from daily work does not afford me lazy days of sleeping late, or sitting around reading all day; but it does free up time for me to experience new activities that make me happier. My liberation from a 9-5, affords me time to do what interests and excites me on my own terms…like blogging for one.



View of retirement from the other side

Repurposed Life on Purpose Blog is intended to share my experience of a life well lived. To demonstrate to my audience, through my undertakings, that life and purpose doesn’t stop at retirement. To emphasize that life’s pursuits, viewed through an entirely new and/or different lens can be even more rewarding after a career or job.retirement-a-time-to-enjoy

It’s a New Year!

Hello,  I’m Brenda and I didn’t make New Year’s Resolutions for 2019.  Instead, as a recent retiree, I decided to use my personal motivational statement. “Nothing Can Dim the Light that Shines from Within,” by Maya Angelou. It reminds me that life doesn’t stop at retirement, but is simply reinvented. The statement inspires me to maintain a balanced and happy life;  to continue to take action, focus, and work toward my endeavors as mother, educational entrepreneur, writer, and self-professed second hand style fashionista.

I look forward to sharing bits and pieces of my journey with you.  Peace and Blessings!