Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A New Chapter in My Life ~ I've Retired!

My retirement card from my Co-Workers Original card held by Gini Webb (address for private use) San Diego, CA 28, Sept 2009

I have been fortunate to have an early retirement! My hubby retired in May from his career of 30 years with the city. He wasn't quite ready to retire but the city was messing with the employees medical insurance and imposing a 6% decrease in pay by June 30th. As hard as it was, he made the decision to retire early and has life time medical. He has now been hired by another agency and is happy to be working again doing what he loves the most!
Even though he hung out with the grand kids all summer, and loved it (grandpa is the bomb) he was ready to give up his Mr. Mom position to me! Hubby knew that I was stressed and the line of work I was in was taking it's toll on me. He said a few weeks ago, "Would you like to retire?" Uhhh, you don't have to ask me twice! I have been waiting a long time for this day! I am finally retired and loving it- and it's only been my first day home!

Retirement Autumn Flower Bouquet from my Company - Digital photo owned and held by Gini Webb (address for private use) San Diego, CA 29, Sept 2009

Sept 28th, 2009 was my last day at a job I had been at for 15 years. I am very excited to be out of the work force stress and the rat race. At the same time I will miss several co-workers that I did get very close to. We will stay in touch. I was so surprised when I received a beautiful Autumn bouquet from the company, lunch of my choice that was brought in, a very nice card signed by all of the employees (most, some were not available), 2 giant Hershey Bars (thank you Rose, she knows that I am a chocoholic) and lots of hugs and a great email from my boss saying thank you for all the years of service I had given (he was away on a cruise). It was a very nice send off.

Now I am able to pursue my genealogy as I have wanted to for several years. I will have time to post, research, organize and I am even seriously considering on line courses to better myself in genealogy. I am also going to be very active in my grand kids lives, I will be taking them to school and picking them up. Today was my first day of doing that and they were very excited to see me waiting there for them! Emma my oldest grandchild said, "how is your first day of being retired Oma?" I said, it's the best Emma!

I have the biggest smile on my face and have felt a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. It doesn't get any better than this.

I think that my genea-blogger family will be hearing more from me and I will also be able to post more articles on Geneabloggers "May I Introduce You To..." segments for Thomas. I enjoy doing the articles, learning and getting to know new and old bloggers. Like I said, it does not get any better than this - I am extremely grateful for all that I have. So, new beginnings ahead, wow, I am a lucky girl!


Becky Thompson said...

Hallelujah! I'm really happy for you! I know how much you've wanted to get out of that job. This is just so exciting.

Evelyn Yvonne Theriault said...

It's great to watch someone beginning a new chapter like this and especially someone who knows how to take such great advantage of that most precious of resources of all - TIME!
Evelyn in Montreal

BeNotForgot said...

Happy Retirement, Gini! I look forward to seeing what you do in the geneablogging world now that you have more quality time for your new obsession. ~::~ Did I tell you I have Jarboe's from Kentucky in the extended branches of my tree? I believe some of them wound up at Kentuckytown in Texas about the same time my 2nd great-grandpa, William Paschal Henry (1836-1912), came to Texas from Kentucky. ~::~ {hugs} from Vickie in Texas ~::~ P.S. I do like the new look of the blog. Are you sticking with this one, or just biding time until you figure out what you want to do? I find myself wanting to change my background with each new season of the year.

Tracy said...

Congratulations! I love your positive attitude about retirement--I never understand the people who say that they'd be ~bored~ if they retired. There are so many great things to do in this world! I *dream* of that day, and I have a long way to go.

geneabloggers said...

Congratulations! I know you have waited for this day and this new chapter. One word of advice: take a few weeks to get into a routine and don't try to do too much too soon! I know that's easier to say then do! When it comes to genealogy, I am like a kid in a candy store and want to do it all.

Gini said...

Thank you Becky, we have had many a conversation about it haven't we!
Eveyln, thank you, I do value and appreciate this opportunity, time is very precious and I want to respect every moment I have.

Vickie, the one thing I looked forward to the most being retired is genealogy, researching and blogging our passions, I feel as if I have hit the lotto! Maybe we can find Jarobe's together and who knows, we may find we are related! It would be an honor!

Tracy,thank you. I am with you, I have never understood how someone can be bored. There is so much to do and so much to enjoy in life. I will put out positive thoughts toward your retirement to come fast for you! I didn't think mine would have this soon, I am a lucky girl!

Thomas, I am taking your advice to heart. I am going to allow myself to unwind and decompress and get into a routine. I am like you, a kid in a candy store with genealogy also, I want to do it all right now and even get anxieties about it but I remember your words and advice and pull back, thank you Thomas for being there for me, you are awesome.

Caroline said...

Congrats! What wonderful news! Think of all the time you'll have now for research!

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