Member Feature: Jeanette Grzesik

Editor's note: Each month we'll be featuring a member of the illuminate community so that we can all get to know our writers better. We're excited to "meet" all of you and cheer you on with your writing goals. Give a warm welcome to Jeanette, our featured member this month.


Who I Am:

I'm a woman who likes to spend time with family, to travel, to exercise, to read, and to cook. My husband and I each have a set of 35-year-old twins! Last fall I stopped working full time after an almost 40-year career in education. Now I get to work part time, help take care of our granddaughter, and support my parents. I recently trained for and completed a century ride in Lake Tahoe in order to raise money for Lymphoma and Leukemia research. My husband also left his full time job in the packaging industry to be a studio woodworker, so now I live with sawdust everywhere... and a happy husband!

What I Write About:

I write about my life experiences in my travel adventures, in my work, and with our granddaughter. I am blessed with incredible friendships, which often provide material for my stories. I was super-honored to be published in the last print copy of Holl & Lane Magazine.

My Favorite Piece of Writing By Me:

Here is an excerpt from "Planning My Retirement” (click here to read the whole post):

Here I sit, pondering the end of this satisfying career. Is it the right time? Does attending a workshop make it happen since now other people know what I'm thinking? How does a person "transition" from one all-consuming career to retirement? Is there an emotional roadmap? I'm about to learn about the financial roadmap. Shouldn't there be a ceremony or something? I believe in rites of passage. When my first child left the nest, I delivered what I thought was a rather meaningful speech about how much being his mother meant to me and how much I believed that he would be successful in college and in life. I'm not sure the message was accurately delivered through my choking tears, but he was successful in college and is successful in life and he has overcome the challenges set in his path. Now it's time for me to create my own rite of passage speech, ceremony and acknowledgement. I am planning my retirement, which represents a time of growth and change and nourishing creative seeds and I see myself, my own visualization as, "chasing wildflowers."

Where You Can Find Me Online:

-My website:

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