In Need of Retirement Friends

I need retirement friends. I’m beginning to realize that I have entered a new “bracket”. Most of the people that I used to do things with are in their mid-forties. They also work full-time and some are single. I, on the other hand, am 52, married and retired. I feel out of place when I talk to those friends now and I don’t like that feeling.

Nothing against my current friends. I love them but I would love to add some people into my life who now share my lifestyle. What would that look like?

  • Retired women who have their days free like I do.
  • Women with husbands and happy marriages. (If you know, you know.)
  • Women who like things like shopping, volunteering, museums, and staying in shape.

I guess life is ever evolving. I’m coming into a new stage of life and it’s going to take some getting used to. My goal is to put myself out there more and do more things, but we all know that making new friends as adults is not the easiest thing to do.

I’ve looked at Facebook groups and Meetups. I have great online friends but none who live here. I’m close to Dallas, TX.

Any advice or ideas?

Shopping vs Anxiety

I finally got out of the apartment today! I went shopping! I hate to admit it, but it had been a while, like a week. Sometimes my mind gets so bogged down thinking of all the things I need to do and then I just decide not to do anything!

I went out today with my friend to Bath & Body Works. (Our favorite store.) Of course, there was a sale, and it was packed! They had the Wallflower plug ins for $2.95, so I couldn’t resist getting a few. I just got 5 of them:

  • Flannel
  • ‘Tis the Season
  • Sun-Dried Linen
  • Limoncello (my favorite!)
  • Warm Vanilla Sugar

Then we went grocery shopping and it felt good to just get out. I know some people take things like that for granted, but I can’t. I’m thankful every time! I know what it’s like to be crippled by anxiety and all you want is to isolate yourself. I try to not to stay in that state too long.

I think something else that helped to get me up and out today was the sun. When it’s dreary during the Winter, it’s harder for me to keep my spirits up sometimes. That’s one reason I love the Summer so much!

Do you like Bath & Body Works too? What are some of your favorite scents?