My life is wonderful but crazy at the moment. Retirement for me means putting in an average of 8 - 14 hours a day, depending on what I'm up to on a given day. I'm trying to make plates ( at least a couple per week), doing my photography(camera goes almost everywhere with me), editing my photography, maintaining two web stores, trying to develop a new event planning business, cooking, baking, cleaning(now with the help of my husband). I'm currently looking at another 4 - 5 sites to post my work which will add more maintenance time. That's the basic days I put in. Along with that, we have guests from time to time for two - seven days at a time and I love doing that as well when the opportunity presents itself. We also manage to host friends and family for dinners. I try to have someone at least once or twice a month.
This year I already am committed to a trip to my youngest daughter's in mid March(yeah! my oldest daughter and my grandson are coming too), a coffee morning with other women artists in the area, an Artisan Meet n' Greet I'm planning and hosting for my local area in May, a trip to Ohio in June, doing photography for a wedding in August,and have already committed to two Christmas show and sales in November and early December and doing a tree for our Festival of Trees in November as well. That's just what I'm already committed to and who knows what else will come along.
RETIREMENT.....I don't think so! The difference is I'm doing what I love for the most part.
I'm not complaining as I'm so grateful for my life. Many facets of it could be better but when you look around and you hear what others are going through...shame on me if I complain!