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.
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.
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.
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!