For the longest time, I have been saying that I would retire at 35. I didn't know how this was going to happen, or even have a clear picture of what this would look like -- it was just a goal.
Whenever people, often in interviews, would ask what my plans or goals were, my answer was always the same. "I'm going to retire at 35." I felt like that answered everything -- like if my goal was to retire, all my other plans would help line that up. Most often, this would be met with a laugh, as if I was joking. But the thing is, I meant it. Truly and completely.
And yet, here I am, 10 days after my 35th birthday, and something very unexpected has happened.
I don't want to retire anymore.
Most people think retirement is all about finally having enough money saved up to golf, cruise, play bridge and take advantage of the early bird dinner specials. And of course, given that retirement had been my plan, I've lived accordingly, most of the time. Retirement for me was always going to include some work -- writing books and taking on other such projects. I needed to do something. I just didn't want to do it all the time, everyday... or so I thought.
I'm not retiring because it's just getting really, really awesome.
I assumed that by the this time in my life, I'd be bored with what I was doing. I'd be done. I was completely wrong. I actually fell victim to the thing I tell everyone to be careful of -- putting plans in place that are intended to please a future version of yourself. I did that. And it turns out that the actual real life 35-year-old version of me, not the one I had created in my own mind, isn't ready. I thought I'd be ready to call it a day on this Nutritionista biz and go kick it at the beach for a few months, write my memoir and live the rest of my life going to yoga, meditating on a hill top, making green juice, going for lunch, and maybe becoming a member of a committee or two (this is what retired nutritionists do, isn't it?) There is still so much I want to learn and share and do.
I'm not retiring because of you.
When I began exploring health and nutrition, nearly 10 years ago, there wasn't a lot to choose from in terms of nutritionists to follow, healthy food blogs to read, or online courses to participate in (I mean, there was barely Facebook). I was lucky to be one of the early birds in the field. I've written 2,000+ posts on this website and now, with CulinaryNutrition.com, have a whole other way I get to teach and share.
There are dozens of articles out there that will tell you why blueberries are good for you. There are loads of recipes for green smoothies. You can learn how to add more fermented foods to your diet by scrolling through a Google search while sitting on the bus. That kind of information is out there in abundance.
I want to offer you more, and different knowledge, in different ways.
I want to create challenges for you that you have never even considered, but can't imagine having never done. I want to lead you through programs that don't just change the way you eat but enhance and celebrate the way you live every day for the rest of your life.
I want to inspire you to live a life that never has you waiting for the work day to end, clamouring for a weekend, or counting down until that holiday escape.
I want to do more to light that spark of inspiration in you that makes you never want to retire either.
I am not retiring because, ultimately, I was wrong.
Being 35 is awesome. This was truly the best birthday yet. I thought I'd be ringing in my 35th year with a retirement party and maybe an engraved blender (I know watches are more standard for this type of gift, but I don't wear a watch). As it turns out, I was wrong.
Retirement should never be the goal. Just the state of mind.
In my biz coaching and goal setting workshops, I always stress the importance of setting goals, but to never be too attached to the outcome. Goals simply help us focus on what we really want and need to be doing to get closer to the results we're seeking. For me, the goal of retiring at 35 inspired me to take some scary leaps, ruffle some feathers, push some limits and work my tail off. For that, I am grateful. Most of all, I am grateful that those leaps led me to you, and the rest of this absolutely, insanely amazing community.
I am now in the process of setting new goals, changing things up a little and dreaming of what else I want to learn about and the best ways to share it with you. I'm super excited about the new ideas that are percolating and where those are going to take me. Most importantly, I'm excited about the ride we're going to be taking together to the lives of our dreams.
As for retirement...
Let's turn that Retirement into UnTirement and start powering up to live our lives without limits. You with me?