Monthly Archives: November 2014


Below is a part of my retirement farewell note to my colleagues outside of our office. The note was sincere and still is. I am grateful that I worked for such a great company and for the most part, I did enjoy my job. But wow, I am so surprised how little time it has taken me to put the actual work all behind me. I’m blessed to have carried over some lifetime friends and I hope they will be a part of my life forever. I think fondly of some colleagues and hope they are doing well. I think of others and even though I know we’ll never be friends, I wish them well too.

Articles on the Company spark my interest and I am incredibly proud that I was an employee. Otherwise – I feel so detached and almost feel guilty for feeling that way. I’ll need to keep reminding myself that some of my colleagues and customers are likely feeling the same way and saying “Debbie who??”

Good Day Everyone,

Tomorrow will be my last day of work before retiring after 25 years of service.  It has been a privilege to manage XXXX over the last five years.  I am grateful for your trust and support and I could not have wished to end my career with this great Company in any other capacity.

I have read many retirement good-bye notes over the last few years and there has always been one common thread; what great people I have had the opportunity to work with.  I couldn’t agree more.  No doubt working in Customer Relations for 19 years was challenging at times but I was so fortunate to have had the support, knowledge, camaraderie, humour and friendship of my fellow colleagues in CR and you.  Thank you.

I also owe thanks to the customers I’ve dealt with (ok, not all ☺).  Lots of life’s lessons learned from my interactions with them.  The stories I have could fill a book – and they may some day!  Stay tuned.

I’m incredibly grateful that working for XX, in a job I enjoyed, has allowed me to retire at a (relatively!) younger age, with a good pension and benefits.  Mark and I are looking forward to starting this new chapter of our life in Parksville on Vancouver Island.  Hopefully my days will be filled with spending quality time with my sister and her family, beach walks, golfing, gardening, reading and of course travel.  As I’ve said to a few of you, I’m going to trade in my heels and Uggs for some Birkenstocks and rubber boots!

I wish XX continued success on every level – I’ll be reading and watching as a proud retiree.  Most importantly, I wish you and yours good health and happiness in the years to come.


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About 20 years ago I went to a psychic. All in all, he was pretty accurate in pinpointing what was going on in my life at the time. I was impressed even though I was a tad circumspect about his future predictions for me. He knew my birth month – crab is July’s symbol so of course he could say that in order for me to be truly at peace I should live by the water. Still, I thought of that statement often.

I grew up happily near the water in the beautiful North Okanagan. In later teen/early 20 years, I really didn’t care if I was by water, unless it was in my rye or there were ‘boys’ on the beach!

I didn’t live by the water in Calgary but for the most part I was happy and content. I had a beautiful home, great job, wonderful lifelong friends and family, not to mention the breathtaking surrounding landscape. Most importantly, I met Mark there.

We have been in Parksville BC for about 7 weeks now and honestly I have never experienced such ‘at peace’ moments as I’ve had here. It’s like exhaling a deep breath or saying PHEW. Even though we’re going through so many life changes, this place feels right.   Accurate psychic prediction or coincidence, I don’t care.  I feel like I’m home.

“And I shall watch the ferry boats, and they’ll get high, on a bluer ocean against tomorrow’s sky. And I will never grow so old again, and I will walk and talk, in gardens all wet with rain…”
― Van Morrison



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Hey, thanks for checking out my blog. Although I’ve enjoyed writing over the years, I have never had the time to do a lot of it. Retirement has allowed me the time to reflect and write.

I am excited about this new hobby but also a little nervous and apprehensive. Please give me your thoughts, comments and suggestions. I look forward to hearing from you.

Rather than give you a long opening intro about my life, I’m hoping you will get to know me through my posts – if I can keep your attention that long!

Thanks again.


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