There are a lot of changes on the horizon, with significant change ahead:
-We are moving to the city North of here, where I spend the bulk of my nonworking time, from restaurants, shopping, doctors etc. I am downsizing in the process: physically reducing my possessions (yay! not that we necessarily had a ton) along with my monthly living expenses. I have been planning this for some time, especially post divorce, choosing to live below my means, saving monthly, remaining out of debt, with the exception of some medical debt for which I have chosen to go on a no interest, monthly repayment plan with the hopsital, to keep my cash flow and savings in check.
-Additionally, after 30 years, I am closing my classroom door. An incentive package was offered, and I am taking it. I will have time to reinvent myself, receiving 6 months additional salary along with a year of medical coverage at the lower, employee rate vs COBRA. I remain flexible: my paperwork with the state won't be filed until Feb 1.Meanhile . .
I have time to start a new job, get training, if needed, coursework at one of the local community colleges or the state University in the city we are moving to. I have the option to choose to go back to my profession: either March 1, and continue working therby deferring my official retirement until later. Due to shortages in my discipline, even if retired, I am allowed to work 2 years AND collect retirement. Frankly, at this point, if my door closes, I can't see returning. These past 2 years under new administration have taken their toll. I need to work, for insurance aloner mind staying active, earning some income. I am thinking of trying the hospital, which is located close to the condo, and on the bus line, which would be a transportatiion option is snowy weather
This is a positive situation, IMO. There are so many opportunities ahead for all of us:
-a better housing situation (not that our current one is horrible!) location wise, ameneties wise
-a much more culturally and economically diverse community to reside in-welcomed after living/working in affluenza
-city services including the bus line, which will be the chief transportation for one kidlet, and possibly special needs son; taxis are also an option. Having spent 26 years in a more rural suburb deep in the woods of CT, this is a significant
-an oppotunity for me to have TIME. I am seeking an entry level position so as to leave at the end of the day and not have hours of work ahead of me, ditto the weekends. I want time to enjoy the local parks, take in a concert, attend farmer's market, meet some new people/friends and
to give back to the community through volunteer work. My old schedule has had me in constant survival mode, planning everything ahead, to ensure that the essentials were covered. I have been mentally, physically and emotionally exhausted. Once the decision was made to go with an offer, I felt the burden lift. This is the right move for me, at this time.
We will all be better off for it. : )