This last ten year period has certainly been the most transformative of my life. In that time I have changed locations, focus and the general tenure of my life.
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1) Ten years ago I was living and working in central New Jersey as a real estate Broker/Salesperson. I worked for a RE/MAX office near my home and I serviced three counties. My time was spent largely working and with an animal rescue where I spent some time each weekend.
2) I had two and then three rescue dogs myself, and Billy the Kid, who I recently lost had just come to me first as a foster and then a mere three days later as a valued part of my family.
3) I owned a home in the suburbs and drove all the time both personally and professionally. There was no where that was practical to be able to walk. There was a highway close enough to get me almost anywhere and I used it daily.
4) About eight and a half years ago I finally found a home in the Berkshires, in western Massachusetts that I decided to make my new home for retirement and any and all things that came with that.
5) After finding a contractor to make my new old house my home, I had a freak accident on my first night in that house and broke my left ankle badly requiring a couple of surgeries that left me immobile for several months. I learned personally what my Mother, of blessed memory, had always said, that without health we have nothing.
6) I had a tough six months in my new digs trying to heal and waiting for my home to be finished.
7) After nine months on what should have been an eight week job I was forced to fire my contractor and get another. It ultimately took a year for my home to be completed.
8) I started to work at Tanglewood, the musical venue and summer home to the Boston Symphony and Pops Orchestras. I had been going there for forty years and now I was a part of it.
9) I worked for two years at a local museum and did good work but remembered why I worked most of my life as a an independent contractor. I knew I couldn't work with and for small organizational minds and moved on.
10) I now have a space in an Antique Gallery where I work on Sundays. I enjoy the place and the process.
All in all I am now able to more effectively decide my day to day activities without the worry of having to earn a living. I still do training but in large part my time is mine. Ten years is both a long and short time and looking back I am glad I am where I am.